Preventing injuries and promoting wellness

We want our children to be healthy and safe, but they are surrounded by the potential for harm on a daily basis. Fortunately the injuries and illnesses that impact most children can be avoided.

We offer tips for parents and other caregivers that help them protect the children they care for. And, we have online games that allow kids to have fun, learn faster and live healthier.

Make sure car seats are installed correctly

Motor vehicle crashes are the No. 1 cause of death among children ages 1 to 19. Is your child's car or booster seat installed correctly? Do you know when it's safe to move your child to a seat belt? Make sure your child rides safely.

Reduce poisoning risks

Ninety percent of poisonings occur in the person’s home or in the home of a friend or family member. Children age 5 and younger are at the greatest risk. Our poison safety resources can help you protect your family.

Promote safe sleep environments for infants

There is nothing more tragic than a baby who dies in his or her sleep. Fortunately, many of these deaths can be prevented. Make sure all who care for babies know the ABCs of safe infant sleep

Insist on helmets

Helmets are the best way to reduce head injuries and death from bicycle crashes and other wheeled sports. Learn how to properly fit a helmet.

Support safe practices in teen drivers

The five most serious safety issues for teen drivers are distracted driving, seat belt use, speeding, impaired driving and passengers. Learn how our teen driving safety program, Crossroads, can help reduce these risks.

Keep immunizations up to date

Immunizations are important in preventing childhood diseases. Talk to your child’s doctor about immunizations. The Wisconsin Immunization Registry allows you to check your child’s immunization record online.

Proper handwashing keeps kids healthy

Handwashing is one of the most important things we can do to prevent the spread of infection. Make sure your child knows the proper way and most important times to wash his or her hands.

Treat concussions carefully

Concussions can be serious injuries with long-lasting effects. Learn the signs and symptoms and why appropriate diagnosis and treatment is so important.