community newsletter from  the  Comprehensive Children's Injury Center at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
FALL 2016
Timely Topics
School Bus Safety
The 2016-2017 school year has officially started for in the Tri-state area. With this transition, there are now more vehicles on the road earlier in the morning, as well as additional school-age pedestrians. As a potential driver during the early morning or afternoon rush, take a few moments to review some key points to keep in mind with these additions on the roadways.

Dropping Off:
  • Don't double park as it blocks visibility for other children and vehicles
  • Don't load or unload children across the street from the school
Sharing the Road with Pedestrians:
  • Don't block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn; forcing pedestrians to go around you could put them in the path of moving traffic
  • When flashers are blinking n a school zone, stop and yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk or intersection
  • Take extra care to look out for children in school zones, near playgrounds and parks, and in all residential areas
  • Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians
  • Always use extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians wherever they may be, no matter who has the right of way
Sharing the Road with School Buses:
  • Never pass a bus from behind - or from either direction if you're on an undivided road - if it is stopped to load or unload children
  • All 50 states require that traffic in both directions stop on undivided roadways when students are entering or exiting a school bus. For specific information tailored for your state, check out this resource from AAA
  • If the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop
  • The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them space to safely enter and exit the bus
  • Be alert; children often are unpredictable, and they may ignore hazards and take risks
For more great tips, visit the National Safety Council's website, as well as Safe Kids Worldwide's website.

Right Seat, Right Fit Campaign

Every child is different - not only in personality, but also in they way they grow. For this reason, it is important to know which stage of car seat they are in to be sure they are riding safely in the car, each and every time.

Just because a child is a particular age does not necessarily mean they are suited to ride in a certain car seat, or without a car seat or booster seat. 

We all remember the story of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and probably read it to our children and grandchildren at some point. In the story, Goldilocks tried three different beds before she found the one that was "just right". The same holds true for car seats. Using your child's weight and height will help to narrow down the selection of which car seat or booster seat will fit your child correctly.

In addition, g oing to the store to look at a car seat or booster and trying out the seats may be helpful to decide between options that have the same weight and height limits. This also allows your child to help pick out the seat, which may make it more likely for them to stay in the seat when riding in the car.

Check out the Greater Cincinnati Automobile Dealers Association's most recent public service announcement on choosing the right seat for your child, and take the opportunity to register to win a new car seat. 
Ready to Carpool this School Year?

With school back in session, and little ones going to daycare for the first time, your car may be filling up fast! This may be the case especially if you are teaming up with other parents and carpooling a few days each week. While this is certainly a great option for many families, there are a few things you may want to check out before your children's next week of school.

1) Take a look to be sure there is a car seat/booster seat/seat belt available for each child. 

2) If you are transporting kids who are still in booster seats, be sure that those children have a lap/shoulder belt available, rather than a lap only belt so that their torso is protected as well.

3) Double check that all car seats and/or booster seats in use have not expired. Most car seats and booster seats have a period of 6 years from manufacture date before they expire. This information can be found on one of the car seat labels - either on the bottom of the seat, or underneath the fabric. If there is any doubt at all, it may be in the child's best interest to replace that seat.

For more car seat tips, visit the Safe Kids Worldwide website .
Partner Spotlight
Working Together to Build a Safer Cincinnati
Norwood Ready Kids is a community wide initiative to make sure every Norwood child is prepared and ready for kindergarten. They work with families who have children, or are expecting a child, and maintain that relationship through kindergarten age, delivering a continuum of services offered free of charge. Each month, they host events at the SNC Norwood Church on Floral Avenue for parents and caregivers of children younger than 5 years of age.

  • Parent groups provide an opportunity to come together monthly for fun educational presentations, demonstrations and discussions around key topics.
  • Play & Learns are organized play groups for parents and caregivers to participate in interactive activities with their children twice a month.
  • During the school year, Great Start! offers frequent sessions to encourage parents of school aged children to get to know one another, learn more about the school district and discuss tips to ensure early education success.

Additionally, their program partners, Every Child Succeeds (ECS) and Home Instruction for Parents of Preschool Youngsters (HIPPY), bring services directly to your home. 
  • ECS works with new parents focusing on parenting skills and appropriate education and activities for parents and children prenatally through 3 years of age.
  • HIPPY works with parents using a weekly curriculum focused on school readiness activities (colors, shapes, numbers, etc.) for 3 and 4-year-old children.
  • Enrollment is required for both ECS and HIPPY programs. 
Some children come to school up to two years behind in early reading and social skills, and that can make it hard to catch up. Give your child the best start in life. You and your child deserve the very best! To find out more, follow Norwood Ready Kids on Facebook, visit their website, or contact Deb Robison at 513-924-2768.
Join Our Cause
Make a Difference
The home is the most common place for children ages 1 to 4 to be injured. Together, 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 Home Safety Day for Kids in Norwood on October 1st from 8 am to 1 pm. No experience is needed to volunteer, and we will provide all of the training, equipment, and tools you will need. 

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 Norwood community.

Learn more about what it means to be a volunteer, here.
Upcoming Events
Mark Your Calendar!
Cincinnati Walks

Saturday, September 24th

Join the CCIC team at the Cincinnati Walks for Kids!    Learn more  and register through the "join a team" button, then "join as a new walker", and enter team name "CCIC". 
Car Seat Check Event

Saturday, September 24th

This Saturday, September 24th, the CCIC will host a free car seat check event as part of Child Passenger Safety Week from 10 am to 2 pm at Harrison Fire Department. Feel free to come by - no appointment needed!
Home Safety Day

Saturday, October 1st

The CCIC is hosting their next Home Safety Day in Norwood! Learn more about volunteering for the event, or register your home for a safety visit!
Expert Advice
September is Child Passenger Safety Month
Ask an Expert
Emily Sirk
Injury Prevention Coordinator

Q: When do I transition from using an infant car seat to the next stage of car seat?

A: Knowing when to move your baby out of an infant seat is not always an easy call. There are a couple things you can look for that can help make that decision.
  • Check to see if your child's weight is near or over the weight limit of the seat.
    • Different brands of infant seats vary on the maximum weight limit, so the best way to check is either on the labels on side of the seat, or in the car seat manual.
    • If you have an infant seat with a higher weight limit, such as 35 or 40 pounds, you may not wish to carry the child in the infant seat once they become closer to those weight limits. 
      • At this point, you can keep the carrier in the car at all times, instead of taking it out each time, or you can move up to the next stage of seat - the convertible car seat.
  • Check to see if your child's height is near or over the height limit of the seat. 
    • Again, the maximum height limit for your infant seat can be found on the labels on the side of the carrier, or in your car seat manual.
    • Another way to see if your child is too tall for the seat is where their head is when sitting in the car seat.
      • A child's head should not be any within 1 inch of the top of the infant car seat shell. 

While every situation is different, we hope that these tips can help guide your decision of when to switch to the convertible seat. If there are any questions, please contact our car seat hotline at 513-803-RIDE(7433).  · 513-636-7865, "Option 1"