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Safety Tips




*Infant Safety Issue #1: Stairs*

Get some gates.  As your baby grows, he/she will see those stairs as an irresistible mountain they must climb.  Install gates at the top and bottom to avoid falling accidents.  Always make sure you stay close to your baby at home when he/she starts to learn how to climb the stairs.

Helpful web site: http://www.ehow.com/info_8236773_should-use-child-safety-gates.html


*Infant Safety Issue #2: Suffocation Hazards*

Overlay: a person who is sleeping with a child rolls onto the child and unintentionally smothers the child.

Positional asphyxia: a child’s face becomes trapped in soft bedding or wedged in a small space such as between a mattress and a wall or between couch cushions.

Covering of face or chest: an object covers a child’s face or compresses the chest, such as plastic bags, heavy blankets or furniture.

Choking: a child chokes on an object such as a piece of food or small toy.

Confinement: a child is trapped in an airtight place such as an unused refrigerator or toy chest.

Strangulation: a rope, cords, hands or other objects strangle a child.

Here is a site you might find useful: http://www.childdeathreview.org/causesSUF.htm


*Safety Issue #3: Choking Hazards*

Keep the toys of older children away and out of reach. Magnets are especially dangerous, since they can attract each other inside your baby’s tummy, causing perforations, blockages, and even death.
If your baby is eating solids, make sure they are no larger than a dime. Usually, babies under 10 months are mostly given pureed food. Keep foods soft and mushy until your baby’s back teeth are in and available for chewing (around 2 years).

*Infant Safety Issue #4: Open Water*

Nearly 30 children die every year from drowning in buckets. Any tall container with water inside is dangerous. Your baby will lean over to explore, fall in, and not be able to pull himself out. Use cleaning buckets and chemicals only when your baby is nappy or being supervised by someone else.,An instant is all that’s needed for life to change dramatically. Never lower your guard when water is around (indoors or out).

*Infant Safety Issue #5: Fires and Burns*

Many young children are severely burned by accidentally turning on the hot water in the bathtub. Always test your water temperature before introducing your child to the tub. Another tip: Set your water heater to 120 degrees.

Don’t carry your infant and a hot drink at the same time (unless using a travel mug). A wiggling baby is almost sure to spill that coffee, and her skin is much more sensitive to temperature than yours.

Always have working fire alarms tested monthly in your home, keep the expiration date in mind. Consider and discuss your fire routes to exit the home in case of a fire. Interconnecting the alarms is always a good idea, that way if the one in the basement goes off, the one outside your room will let you know.

Prolonged sun exposure can also cause burns to your child. A sunburn can cause severe 2nd & 3rd degree burns to your child. Always cover your child with sunscreen before going out in the sun.


*Safety Issue #6: Recalled Items*

Thousands of products are recalled every year. Strollers, car seats, baby carriers, medicines, playpens, cribs… these are just a handful of the items that have been pulled off the market due to safety issues.
New or old, make sure you are not using recalled baby/child products that could be harmful to your infant/child.


*Infant Safety Issue #7: Tip-Overs*

There were 31 deaths in 2006 (and 3,000 injuries) from furniture tipping over and crushing young children. Furniture, TVs, ovens, bookcases, dressers, etc.  Avoid this by not placing items on top of climbable furniture that will be tempting for your baby to reach. If a bookcase or dresser seems unsteady, use anchors to hold them to the wall.


*Safety Issue #8: Windows and Coverings*

An average of 12 children die every year from window cords. If your blinds have long cords, either attach them firmly to the base of the window, or purchase a blind winder. A blind winder will be easy for you to reach, but a near impossibility for your infant. Keep cribs or playpens away from dangling items of any kind.

There are 9 deaths and 3,700 injuries to children every year due to window falls. If you have lower windows, don’t rely on window screens to keep your baby safe. They are flimsy and easily pushed out. You can purchase window guards, or keep the windows closed enough to avoid falling through.


*Infant Safety Issue #9: Houseplants*

Balance your home’s inner beauty with smart placement and consideration of houseplants. Did you know that some of the most common houseplants are poisonous?

Here is a helpful website: http://www.guide-to-houseplants.com/poisonous-house-plants.html

Dangling leaves are a magnet for exploring fingers. One good tug, and the whole pot could come crashing down, seriously hurting him. The dirt and decorative stones can easily cause choking or sickness in your baby if swallowed. Try to tuck the plants into corners your baby cannot wander into.


*Infant Safety Issue #10: Electricity*

Save yourself a heartache by installing covers on your outlets and extension cords. Also, all outlets in the kitchen and bathrooms (or anywhere near water) should be installed with interrupters that will cut the flow of electricity immediately if they get wet.

Never leave cords of curling irons or kitchen appliances dangling over the counter edges. Pudgy little fingers will grasp and pull at them.

Note: these are just helpful hints, if you have any safety concerns or questions, please contact/consult your pediatrician.  🙂

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