Our Teddy Bear Clinic is a free injury prevention program for children, sponsored by the Trauma Center at Stony Brook Childrenâ€™s Hospital. We cover safety topics on car and helmet safety in a fun and interactive way before letting the children dress up as doctors and nurses to provide careÂ toÂ their injured stuffed animals.
Our mission is to help educate children on injury prevention and learn how they can explore and play safely. Accidents happen, but most injuries are preventable.
Buckle Up.Â Children will learn the importance of wearing a seatbelt while they are in the car without exception no matter the length of the trip. Â
Did you know? NY State law says all children must use a proper child passenger restraint (car or booster seat) until their 8th birthday. Seat belts are not designed to fit children properly. Booster seats help raise kids up until the seat belt fits safely, usually between 8-12 years old and around 4â€™9â€ tall. Â 73% of car seats are not used or installed correctly, so before you hit the road, check your car seat. Â We have a list of free car seat and booster seat fitting locations on our Stony Brook Trauma Website to get your questions answered by a specialist. Parents itâ€™s important that you lead by example, please make sure everyone buckles up, front and back seats, every car ride, to set a good example. This important safety rule will help keep your child safe as they grow into young adults. Â For more, visitÂ www.nhtsa.dot.gov and www.nydmv.state.ny.us.
In the BACK is where itâ€™s at! The safest place for all children is the back seat until their 13th birthday. Â Air bags were designed to protect adults and can be dangerous for kids.
Protect that Noggin!
Helmets reduce the risk of serious head injury by 88%, but less than half of kids under 14 usually wear their helmet. Â Suffolk County law requires helmets for bicycle, scooter and skate riders under age 18. Helmets are also important when snowboarding, skiing, and playing many sports. Children whose parents wear helmets are more likely to protect their own brain with a helmet. We’ll show children the proper way to wear a Helmut and stress the importance of always wearing one.Â For more, visitÂ www.safekids.org.
Pedestrian Safety.Â Weâ€™ll review street safety and the importance of always crossing the street with an adult. Â Children under 10 especially should only cross the street with an adult. Every child is different, but it can be hard for kids to accurately judge speed and distance of cars until over the age of 10. Â Parents itâ€™s important that you show kids how to make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street and to watch out for cars that are turning or backing up.Â
Despite all our efforts; sometimes kids get hurt. Â And when this happens, the expert team at Stony Brook Childrenâ€™s Hospital is here to take care of them at our specialized Childrenâ€™s Hospital Emergency Department that is open 24/7. Â We know hospitals and doctorâ€™s offices can sometimes be a scary place for kids. Â The Teddy Bear Clinic can help ease their fears. Â
If youâ€™d like to host a Teddy Bear Clinic at your school,Â please complete the onlineÂ Clinic Request Form.