The Red Cross War Memorial Childrens Hospital and ChildSafe SA are calling on all adults, parents and caregivers to be extra vigilant and apply proper supervision over the young ones during the 21 days of national lockdown. With children of all ages now in confined spaces they are vulnerable to a range of injuries. Take care to store chemical compounds such as hand sanitiser, cleaning detergents and medications out of reach. Hand sanitisers with the high percentage of alcohol are dangerous to children when ingested.
Carla Brown, social worker, requests that parents be extra patient with their children during this time. People are stressed and anxious and have concerns about the potential impact on their jobs and income but this is a time to build on family relationships. It is not a time to vent one's frustrations on a partner or child. Alcohol and drug use impacts on the adult's ability to supervise and care for their children. Stay home and stay sober.
It is recommended that we do a room by room inspection to ensure that the home is safe. Tips include - when cooking, turn pan handles away and out of reach; keep kettle cords out of reach; supervise children around water at all times; check for potential fall risks - bunk beds/stairs/out of windows/off balconies; make sure that furniture can't be pulled down a child e.g. TV/bookshelves.
Visit the ChildSafe website www.childsafe.org.za for further information.
Report any gender based violence towards children to 0800 423 428 or SAPS (10111)