Tips of Keeping Your Child Safe

We offer tips of keeping your child safe, both in your home and elsewhere. Essential tips for keeping your little one safe and things to avoid will be discussed.

When welcoming a new child into your home, one of the first things that enters your mind is safety. Your surroundings may be safe to an older child or an adult, but may be a danger to a young child or an infant.

Activities to avoid when holding or caring for your youngsters will also be mentioned.

Tips To Do To Keep Your Child Safe.

First, put locks on all cupboards containing poisons, including laundry detergents. Lock all medications, poisons including alcohol, matches, and lighters away from children’s reach.

If you keep dangerous items in your purse, such as medications, lighters, or car keys, keep them out of reach of your youngsters, either in a high place of best locked up.

Next, place locks on gates and doors leading to dangerous areas, and keep them locked when not in use.Secured gates to all unsafe places.

Even before your baby starts moving on his or her own, secure large TV’s and furnishings that can easily tip. This will greatly reduce the risk of  injury or death to your child.

Do provide a safe area both inside and outside for your child to play in. Have close supervision and within close reach at all times.

Maintain good housekeeping by keeping floors free of small items that might fall onto the floor and be picked up and swallowed by a small child.  This includes coins, buttons, screws and other small hardware.

Tips To keep Your Baby Safe While Sleeping.

Place the baby’s crib away from blind and drape cords that could easily strangle your child.

Put plastic coverings, small toys, coins, balloons, loose blankets and clothing, stuffed toys, batteries,or any item out of reach that could cause suffocation or choking.

Allow your child to sleep on his or her back and alone on a firm mattress with a fitted sheet. Keep loose blankets, clothing, or toys out of the infant’s bed to avoid suffocation. See the post Ensuring a Safe Sleep for Your Baby

Keeping Baby Safe in Kitchen and Bathroom Areas.

According to Mayo Clinic, to avoid burns at home, set the hot water thermostat under 120 F (48.9 C) and aim for bath water around 100 F (38 C). Most  hot water scald injuries happen in the bathroom.

Supervise bath time.  Close toilet lid when not being used.

Avoid panhandles from turning out. A child could grab the handle and cause serious injuries.

Keep hot drinks and pot handles out of reach of children. While drinking hot beverages, avoid holding a baby to avoid the risk of burning the child.

When placing a child in a high chair, strap the middle strap to the seat belt and secure the belt.  This will keep the child from slipping out of the chair.

Do not give certain food items to babies who can not chew and swallow them without risk of choking.  This includes whole grapes, nuts, hot dogs, carrots, and hard candies.

Knowing Water Safety To Keep Your Children Safe.

Drownings of young children can occur with a standing bucket of water.  They can fall head first into the water. Store buckets safely.

Always be alert to your surroundings. When your child is in or around  large bodies of water,  put a life jacket on your child and yourself.

While your child is playing in water, close adult supervision is a must.

Block access to pools and hot tubs with secured gates. Have emergency equipment and a phone close at hand in these areas.

Children should be kept from playing in drainage ditches.  Also, be aware of large holes that can fill up with water.

For further information go to www.mayoclinic.org for water safety: Protecting Your Children From Drowning.

Things Not to Do for Your Child’s Safety.

Avoid taking your child out in extreme weather, either very cold or hot.

Dress your baby in layers for cold weather. Light cotton fabric is great fabric for summer. Both in sunny and cloudy weather, use sunscreen on your children. Babies can receive severe sunburn even when put in the shade. Have sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, but avoid being in the sun between the hours of 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM when the sun is the hottest. Remember that children’s skin is very delicate.

Getting too busy can cause forgetting the responsibilities of your child. Place your child in a safe area and close by when texting, using the phone, or doing a project.

To avoid leaving a child in the car, also put important items in the backseat as well. Never leave a child alone in the car. It takes only a few minutes for a child to die in a hot car.

Do not place a baby on a place where there is a risk of falling, even for a very short time. The safest place is on the floor or playpen.

Tape electrical cords to baseboards. Avoid electrical cords and tablecloths or doilies from dangling down where a baby could grab them, causing objects to fall on them, and cause injury.

When you feel very drowsy while holding an infant, put the baby down in a safe place. Babies have died while being held by someone who has fallen asleep. Always be vigilant when caring for a child. Are the surroundings safe?

Never shake a child regardless of how frustrated you feel!

Summarizing Ways To Keep Your Child Safe.

Avoid doing anything that could put your child or yourself in danger.

Remember, our children are our responsibility.

If needed, call for help if you feel ill or unable to safely care  for your children.

Always hire a responsible babysitter who knows CPR. Do a background check prior to hiring. Give instructions about what is expected and leave a phone number to reach you. Also provide emergency phone numbers such as the police and fire department, the children’s pediatrician or family doctor.

Be alert always to anything that could cause harm to your child.