FALL 2014
Let Us Introduce Ourselves...
The Comprehensive Children's Injury Center (CCIC) at Cincinnati Children's provides community-based injury prevention programs and resources aimed at making our region a healthier and happier place for kids to grow up!
Timely Topics
Think "Safety First" This School Year
As we embark upon the beginning of the 2014-2015 school year, it is important to keep school safety in mind. The National Association of Elementary School Principals has released a list of six safety rules for parents to keep in mind. Because we at the CCIC want to encourage safety on all fronts, this list is a good reminder to all parents and child caregivers.

1. Learn the school's emergency procedures.
2. Know all travel routes to and from the school.
3. Know and follow school security and safety measures.
4. Talk with your child about safety.
5. Inform school staff about health and emotional concerns.
6. Get involved.

Read more details regarding each school safety tip.
School Bus Safety

Another important part of keeping children safe as they go back to school is discussing school bus safety. At the start of each school year, parents need to sit down and talk with their children about how to be safe when it comes to riding the school bus.

To help initiate this conversation, check out these tips from Safe Kids Worldwide and Cincinnati Children's covering each part of the bus trip - while waiting for the bus, during the bus ride, and after the bus ride.
Concussion Awareness

Concussions are a form of traumatic brain injury. They usually are not life-threatening, but their effects can be very serious. They can be caused by a bump or blow to the head or body causing the brain to move back and forth in the skull. 

Kids don't have to play sports to get a concussion. Head injuries can occur at school recess or at home; or can result from car accidents.
Learn more about concussions and how Cincinnati Children's is working to improve outcomes for all children with head injuries in the area.
Partner Spotlight
Working Together to Build a Safer Cincinnati
Kohl's Building Safety on Your Block

Cincinnati Children's is honored to partner with Kohl's stores and the Kohl's Cares program. Together, we have been able to reach more than 143,000 children in our community, providing basic safety information, resources and free safety equipment for families of preschoolers as well as school-aged children. Since 2001, Kohl's has donated more than $2.6 million toward keeping kids in our community safe.


Learn more about the Kohl's Building Safety on Your Block program. 

Join Our Cause
Make a Difference
The home is the most common place for children age 1-4 to be injured. We can help prevent these injuries by providing education and free home safety equipment!

Please join us in reducing the risk of home injuries to children under 5 by volunteering for the PIN Home Safety Day on October 25th. No experience is needed to volunteer, and we will provide all of the training, equipment, and tools you will need. A power drill would be helpful, but not necessary.

Volunteers like you have helped reduce injuries by more than 50% in homes we've visited! Thank you in advance for participating in such a positive, worthwhile event for the communities of Greater Cincinnati.

Learn more about what it means to be a volunteer, here.
Upcoming Events
Mark Your Calendar
Free Car Seat Check

On Saturday, September 20th the CCIC will be partnering with AAA of Forest Park to host a Free Car Seat Check event. Learn more.
Cincinnati Walks

Join the CCIC team at the Cincinnati Walks for Kids event on Saturday, September 27th! Learn more and register through the "join a team" button and select team "CCIC". 


PIN Home Safety Day

The next PIN Home Safety Day is coming Saturday, October 25th! Learn more about volunteering for this event.
Expert Advice
September is Child Passenger Safety Month
Ask an Expert
Emily O. Lee, CPST-I
Injury Prevention Coordinator

Q: Why is it so important to keep my child rear-facing until two years of age?

A: The American Academy of Pediatricians recommends children remain rear-facing until 2 years of age to make sure that their head and neck structures, especially their spinal cords, are fully developed. If a child is turned forward-facing before their 2nd birthday, they could suffer severe head and neck injuries if involved in a crash. 

Check out this blog post for more information on the importance of keeping your child rear-facing in the car. Learn more about this important recommendation.
The Doctor is In
Richard A. Falcone, Jr., MD, MPH
Director, Trauma Services
Q: What types of preventable injuries have you seen as a result of children not being properly restrained?


A: Unfortunately I have seen a large number of injuries to children not properly restrained.  These include injuries to the neck (spinal cord injuries), severe brain injuries, facial fractures, broken arms and legs, and injuries to the intestines, liver and spleen.  Although not every injury is preventable through the use of an appropriate child restraint, booster seat, or 3-point seat belt it is crucial that parents understand the importance of using the appropriate restraint and how to properly install it to keep their child safe.  Up to 75% of child restraints are installed incorrectly. 

Learn more at www.buckleupforlife.org so that together we can never again discuss or care for a child injured as a consequence of being improperly restrained.

www.cincinnatichildrens.org/ccic � 513-636-7865, "Option 1"

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