To say that children are active is an understatement. They are curious, full of energy, and constantly on the move. They require constant supervision to ensure that they do not injure themselves. Some common accidental injuries that children suffer from at day care include: injuries from falls, choking, and getting into toxic substances.
Like elderly nursing home residents, one of the most common causes of injury are dangerous falls. Therefore, day care centers and homes must ensure that the area is kept free of hazards in order to prevent accidents and falls. This includes making sure that toys are kept organized and out of walkways, no cords or other tripping hazards are in the play area, and dangerous cleaning products and other chemicals or substances are kept out of the reach of children.
Children love chewing on toys and putting things in their mouths. This can cause multiple problems: choking, spreading germs, disease, and infections, and exposure to toxic substances. Day care personnel must ensure that children are playing with toys that are suitable for their age.