April is recognized as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and everyone can play a part in promoting the social and emotional well-being of children.
Child abuse prevention includes activities that stop a certain behavior or action, or promote positive action for the well-being of children. Research has shown that child abuse prevention must reduce risk factors and promote protective factors that ensures the well-being and safety of children.
Public awareness and creating supportive communities can also be a part of preventing child abuse. The Administration for Children and Families provides details on crafting an effective message for your community, tools for sharing your message, and ways to build community support.
Learn more about child abuse prevention and what you can do.
About 1 in 6 children in the U.S. has one or more developmental disabilities, such as autism spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy, fragile x syndrome, and others. Some conditions can be identified before a baby is even born while others may be identified in early childhood.
If you’ve noticed that your child isn’t reaching milestones for his or her age, speak to a doctor. It’s important to share your concerns as soon as you notice a problem because early screening and intervention can positively affect a child’s ability to learn.
Get more information about developmental disabilities.
If your child isn’t meeting his or her developmental milestones, talk to you doctor.
Thinking about putting your child in Head Start? Find Head Start programs near you with this tool.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is advising parents and caregivers to lock up single-load liquid laundry packets and keep them away from children.
Liquid laundry packets are attractive to children because they are soft and colorful and resemble familiar items like candy and teething products.
These items also dissolve quickly when placed in the mouth or are handled with wet hands. Children who are exposed to the chemicals are at risk of serious injury because they can be toxic.
In 2012, CPSC staff have learned of about 500 incidents involving children and adults who were injured by the packets.
CPSC recommends these steps to prevent unintentional poisonings and eye injuries:
- Do NOT let children handle laundry packets.
- Keep the liquid laundry packets sealed in their original packaging, and make sure they are locked up and out of a child’s sight and reach.
- If swallowed or exposed to the eye, immediately call Poison Help at 1-800-222-1222.
Learn more about the dangers of single-load laundry packets. (PDF)