Keeping Children Safe

This information is provided by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

Reporting Abuse and Neglect - Texas law requres caregivers to report suspected child abuse or neglect to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services or law enforcement.  Call 1-800-252-5400 to make confidential reports.  Failure to report suspected abuse or neglect is a crime.  Employers are prohibited from retaliating against caregivers who make reports in good faith.

Protecting Children - Shaken Baby Syndrome is the result of violently shaking young children.  Injuries can include brain swelling and damage, subdural hemorrhaging, mental disabilities and death.  NEVER SHAKE A BABY!

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome - or SIDS, is the unexplained death of a sleeping baby.  Always place infants to sleep on their backs on a firm surface, free from soft items such as quilts, pillows or toys.

Unsafe Children's Products - Recalls of unsafe consumer products, including children's products, are available.  It is easy and free to find find out.  Just go to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission website at www.cpsc.gov or you may access the recall information at the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services website at www.dfps.state.tx.us .

Keeping Children Healthy - Protect children from illness and disease:

  • Wash your hands and children's hands often.
  • Immunize children.
  • Keep ill children at home.
  • Learn CPR and First Aid.
  • Make sure that children drink plenty of water.
  • Discuss special-care needs with caregivers.
  • Learn more about childhood diabetes, which impairs a body's ability to regulate blood sugar levels, and other medical conditions from your child's health-care provider.

 

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