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Health and Safety, Ages 2 to 5 Years - Parent Self-Care

Connection between your well-being and child safety

Taking care of yourself is a vital part of keeping your child safe. Although accidents can occur at any time, many happen during times of excess stress, such as when:

  • Parents and children are hungry and tired.
  • Another baby is expected.
  • Relationship problems develop.
  • Major changes in the routine or environment occur, such as when a child's caregiver changes, when the family is moving, or when a parent leaves because of military duty.

Recognize the signs of stress and what situations cause it. Be extra vigilant during these times. Take care of yourself and your personal relationships.

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For more information, see the topic Stress Management and/or use the Interactive Tool: What Is Your Stress Level?

Seeking help

All parents have times when they feel exhausted, frustrated, angry, sad, or overwhelmed. This is a normal part of being human and a parent. But if these feelings become too much for you to handle alone, keep your child safe by getting help. For example, when your emotions are too much for you to handle alone, you may not have the energy or desire to watch your child as closely as you should. And some parents injure their children when their emotions cause them to shake, hit, or push them.

Call 911 right away if you feel that you are about to injure yourself or your child.

Places to go for help include:

For more information on physical harm to children, see the topic:

For more information on handling difficult emotions, see the topic:

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: November 26, 2012
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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