Accident Prevention and Safety Promotion for Parents and Caregivers of Infants

Accident Prevention and Safety Promotion for Parents and Caregivers of Infants

Environmental Factors Health Promotion Pamphlet

Part I: Indirect Care Experience

Develop a pamphlet to inform parents and caregivers about environmental factors that can affect the health of infants

1. Select an environmental factor that poses a threat to the health or safety of infants.

2. Explain how the environmental factor you selected can potentially affect the health or safety of infants.

3. Offer recommendations on accident prevention and safety promotion as they relate to the selected environmental factor and the health or safety of infants.

4. Offer examples, interventions, and suggestions from evidence-based research.

5. Provide readers with two community resources, a national resource, and a Web-based resource. Include a brief description and contact information for each resource.

In developing your pamphlet, take into consideration the healthcare literacy level of your target audience.

Accident Prevention and Safety Promotion for Parents and Caregivers of Infants

Provide a written summary of the teaching / learning interaction. Include in your summary:

a. Demographical information of the parent and child (age, gender, ethnicity, educational level).

b. Description of parent response to teaching.

c. Assessment of parent understanding.

d. Your impressions of the experience; what went well, what can be improved.

Direct Care Experience

            CO is a very dangerous gas that results from incomplete combustion. It leads to deaths and exposure is mostly from charcoal or gas grills, use of generators in basements and closed garages, and indoor cooking or heating. It mostly affects the neurological and cardiovascular system and leads to symptoms such as fatigue, headache, dizziness, headache, coma, angina, and arrhythmias. In the US alone, 40,000 people die annually and it is important that people should be educated on the measures for preventing exposure and poisoning (Hamid et al., 2010). People can use the community, national, and web-based resources to teach themselves more on how to care for their children.

            The pamphlet was shared with a 28 year old mother to two children from the neighborhood. The lady was an African-American. She had a certificate in Community Development. She had a five year old son and a two and half year old daughter. The parent was very excited because she received new information she was not aware about. She was impressed by the fact that she was presented a pamphlet that she could use for future reference and share with other people. For example, the lady narrated that she had a tendency of heating her house with a charcoal burner at night while all windows were closed. Later, she left the charcoal burner burning and the whole family would go to sleep. She thanked God they had not experienced a severe CO exposure but most of the times, many members of the family woke up very tired and with a headache. She was happy to learn about the strategies that could be used to avoid CO poisoning.

            The parent’s assessment was done by asking frequent questions during the teaching. After the teaching, she was asked random questions about the information presented and she was able to answer all of them since she considered the topic very important to her safety and the family’s. It was impressive that the parent found the topic on CO exciting and assimilated all the information. The pamphlet was also important because she could use it for future reference (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.), 2004). However, in future, more time will be needed so as to explore the topic in detail as the mother was on her way to take her son from school. In addition, a better learning venue will be arranged and more learners will be involved.


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (U.S.). (2004). Protect yourself from carbon monoxide poisoning after an emergency. Atlanta, Ga.: Dept. of Health and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Hamid, A. A., Usman, L. A., Elaigwu, S. E., & Zubair, M. F. (2010). Environmental and health risk of bush burning. Advances in Environmental Biology, 4, 2, 241-249.

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