Childhood Hazards Directory
An emergency situation with children can be terrifying. There seem to be a thousand hazardous things lurking around your home or your child's school. From choking and burns to head injuries and drowning, as a parent you need to be prepared. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about how to handle childhood emergencies, tips for prevention, and much more.
Swallowed or Inhaled Objects-Topic Overview
When you swallow food, liquid, or an object, what is swallowed passes from your mouth through your throat and esophagus into your stomach.
Choking Rescue Procedure (Heimlich Maneuver)-Baby (Younger Than 1 Year)
If a baby younger than 1 year is choking:Put the baby facedown on your forearm so the baby's head is lower than his or her chest.Support the baby's head in your palm, against your thigh. Don't cover the baby's mouth or twist his or her neck.Use the heel of one hand to give up to 4 firm thumps (back blows) between the baby's shoulder blades. See Illustration C.If the object does not pop out, ...
Choking Rescue Procedure (Heimlich Maneuver)-Overview
Choking is usually caused by food or an object stuck in the windpipe. For tips to avoid choking, see preventing choking.A person who is choking cannot talk, cough, or breathe, and may turn gray or blue. The Heimlich maneuver can help get the food or object out.WARNING: Do not try the Heimlich maneuver unless you are sure the person is choking. ...
A poison is a substance that has toxic effects and may injure you or make you sick if you are exposed to it. Poisons can be found everywhere, from simple household cleaners to cosmetics to houseplants to industrial chemicals.
What's Irritating Your Child's Eyes?
Avoiding irritating fumes that can make eyes red and watery.
When Your Child Has Allergies
How to avoid common triggers around an allergic child.
Cleaning Your Home Without Harsh Chemicals
Tips on keeping your house germ-free.
What Chemicals Are in Your Personal Care Products?
Many personal care products contain controversial chemicals. What do experts say about making healthy choices?
Video: How to Treat a Burn
Six steps to soothe your skin after a painful burn.
Household Hazards for Babies
You’ve baby-proofed your home, but there still may be dangers within reach of your child.
Kids and Toxic Chemicals
Young children can easily transfer toxic substances from hands to mouth if proper precautions aren’t taken.