'Spot your tot' if cars are nearby, doctor tells parents
A LEADING emergency doctor has devised a three-point plan for keeping children safe from moving vehicles around the home after three seriously injured children were admitted to A&E last weekend.
Dr Gerry Lane, an Accident and Emergency consultant at Letterkenny General Hospital in Donegal, yesterday said the children were lucky to be alive.
In one case, a 10-year-old boy fell from the cab of a moving tractor which then rolled over him. Mr Lane said that the three young victims had all been "within a hair's breadth of death".
"All three kids were seriously injured but thankfully they are all alive and well. They are miracle kids but the next kid may not be as lucky," he said.
Dr Lane warned that improvement in the weather meant more toddlers and children were playing outdoors, oblivious to the dangers around them.
In a simple code devised by he and his colleagues, parents and guardians are urged to take basic precautions before getting into their car and driving off. "Before you get into your vehicle 'Spot your Tot'," he said.
"Before you move off 'Put your tot on a safe spot', such as the doorstep. And finally, for farmers, it is better to break your kid's heart by saying 'no' than to break his bones with a fall from the tractor."