Dangerous situations for accidents involving children

Childlike enthusiasm and youthful high spirits are certainly positive characteristics. In this way, children also find out that not all of their attempts turn out well, creating a learning effect. This is okay as long as the child just gets a bruise or a small cut. However, children also face serious dangers of which they must be made aware.


Children are exposed to a wide range of dangers: while near roads, when playing, on the playground, at the swimming baths, on the football field, when lighting fires in the woods, as well as many other activities. Often, they are not aware of the dangers around them and throw themselves care-free into their little adventures. There are plenty of sources of danger in the home as well: hot cookers and ovens, electric cables, open windows and balcony railings that call out to young children to be climbed on, and medicine cabinets and toolboxes whose mysterious contents are just waiting to be discovered.

Discovering dangers through play

It is of course important for children to experience new things and develop a sense of independence. And even the most attentive of parents can't keep a watch on their children all the time. What they can do, however, is make their children aware of certain dangers through play, and without frightening them. For example, you could tentatively teach your child that a needle pricks. Or let them hold glasses filled with warm and ice-cold water alternately, so they recognise the difference between hot and cold.

But no matter how many precautions you take, the possibility of your child having an accident can't be ruled out completely. The most common accidents include falls, bumps, traffic accidents, burns, scalds, dog bites and poisonings. The vast majority of child accidents occur in the home.

Key hotlines in the event of emergencies

Toxicological information centre

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Emergency psychological support

+41 58 340 16 11


+41 58 340 16 11
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The well-equipped children's pharmacy

Equipment and aids

Bandaging material

Important medications


Additional medications or for travel

  • Thermometer
  • Magnifying glass
  • Surgical spirit
  • Alcohol 70%
  • Pointed tweezers
  • Scissors
  • Bandage clips
  • Plastic gloves
  • Stretch gauze bandages, adhesive, narrow and wide
  • Elastic bandages, various widths, possibly coloured, sterile compresses, non-adhesive
  • Adhesive plasters, hypoallergenic
  • Quick dressings, various widths, possibly featuring comics
  • Utility dressings
  • Triangular bandage
  • Cotton wool, or preferably swabs, sterile-packed
  • Disinfectant, non-burning
  • Insect pen or gel
  • Cold-hot pack (keep in the freezer)
  • Fever suppositories, age-appropriate
  • Charcoal tablets or capsules
  • Defoaming agent
  • Cold ointments
  • Sports gel
  • Camomile extract
  • Nasal drops
  • Suppositories to combat nausea and vomiting
  • Anti-diarrhoea tablets
  • Cough syrup or drops (take care when administering to children under 1 year of age; read product insert)
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First aid is something that needs to be learned

When taking immediate action in emergencies, the key to success is practice. The first aid courses held by the Samaritan associations provide a great opportunity for this. The offering also comprises courses on how to deal with emergencies involving small children.

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