Friday, April 10, 2009

Safety Information on lifting children has posted a news story regarding abuse at a child care in Philadelphia. After reading the story and watching the corresponding video I realized that what this staff member is being charged with is something that everyone should be aware of. In addition to kicking a child which is easy to see as abuse the staff member was seen on tape picking up a child by one arm. This technique can be dangerous to both the child and the caregiver. Picking a child up with one arm can cause bruising, dislocation of the wrist, elbow or shoulder not to mention being painful for the child. The adult can also incur injuries such as muscle strain of the neck, back and shoulder.

To ensure the safety of the children you care for as well as yourself, you should always take into considerations proper lifting techniques. Children should ALWAYS be lifted with two hands and never jerked up or held by one arm. For your safety you should always bend at the knees and evenly distribute weight while holding the child. Remember; never grab a child by the arm. If they are in danger move quickly to them and lift up with two hands.

Below are two links, one for the actual news story and one from Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers Inc. The latter is a brochure that shows proper lifting techniques for children.

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