Going home

  • The child should not walk alone until he or she is stable on his or her feet.
  • While in the car young children need to be restrained in a car safety seat and older children need to be restrained with a seat belt. Parents with infants should sit in the back seat with their child.
  • Two people should be available to assist older children into the house.

At home

  • The child should be under your direct supervision for the rest of the day.
  • When your child is asleep you should easily be able to wake him or her up -- if not call 9-1-1 or bring to the hospital immediately.
  • Young children (infants and toddlers) should play only on carpeted floors. Block stairs and doorways with safety gates.
  • Pad the corners of sharp tables. Remove wheeled toys or chairs. Older children (preschoolers to adolescents) should rest in an area where an adult can watch them.
  • Escort the child when walking, including trips to the bathroom.
  • The child should not perform any potentially dangerous activities, such as riding a bike, swimming, driving, playing sports, playing outside, handling sharp objects, working with tools or climbing stairs until he or she is back to his or her usual state of alertness and coordination for at least one day or under doctors orders.