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Prevention is the answer to avoiding accidental injuries – the number one killer of children in the United States. Safe Kids USA gives parents and caregivers tips and checklists to fix problems before your little someone gets hurt.

Safety: Sleeping BabyUsing the Childcare Safety Checklist from the Consumer Product Safety Commission to check the safety of your play equipment, cribs and bedding, etc. will prevent tragic and unnecessary accidents. 

If you are concerned about a family situation which may involve child abuse, you can call The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline. 1-800-4-A-CHILD is staffed twenty-four hours daily by professional crisis counselors, and is accessible throughout the U.S., its territories, and Canada. Through interpreters, communication is possible in 140 languages. The confidential and anonymous Hotline offers crisis intervention, information, literature, and referrals to thousands of emergency, social service, and support resources.

SIDS is the leading cause of death for infants between 1 month and 12 months of age. A Child Care Provider's Guide to Safe Sleep (PDF) from Healthy Child Care America (American Academy of Pediatrics) explains how to protect infants who are in your care. If you have questions about safe sleep practices you can contact Healthy Child Care America at the American Academy of Pediatrics at or (888) 227-5409.

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