For many parents, one of the worst fears is our kid(s) being in danger and it ending up in death. I know...I'm a parent too. It's a scary thought. Yes, we worry about them when they aren't at home. But, we should be equally cautious when we're AT home as well. Making sure your home is safe (for children of all ages) is always of great importance.
Here are ways to make your home as safe as possible.
- Place your baby to sleep on his or her back on a firm, tight- fitting mattress that fits well in a crib that meets current safety standards.
- Placing babies to sleep on pillows or folded quilts can result in death by suffocation.
- Do not place pillows or thick quilts anywhere in a babyâ€™s sleep environment due to the risk of suffocation.
- Do not use any crib with missing, broken, or loose parts. Make sure to tighten hardware from time to time to keep the crib sturdy.
- Never place babyâ€™s crib near window blinds and curtain cords due to risk of strangulation.
- Never, ever leave your child alone in a bathtub or near water even for a moment. Remember: bath seats or rings or other bathing aids are not safety devices.
- Keep medicines and cleaning products with child resistant lids locked and out of reach of children. Child-proof is NOT actually child-proof.
- Do not leave baby alone in a high chair and always use all safety straps.
- Keep matches, lighters, knives, and cleaning products with child resistant lids, locked and out of reach of children.
- Use safety gates to block stairways and other dangerous areas. Avoid older gates that can collapse and entrap babies.
- Keep toys with magnets away from young children. If two or more magnets are swallowed they can attract through intestinal walls and can cause holes, blockage, and infection which can result in death.
Keep small objects, especially spherical toys such as marbles and objects with rounded ends away from children. These objects present a very high risk of choking.
- To avoid falls, secure windows with window guards.
- Children have died when furniture tipped over on them. Secure furniture with anchors to the wall or floor.
- Install smoke and carbon monoxide alarms. Change batteries every year.
Do you know how to do CPR and First Aid on an infant and a child? When was the last class you took? Like me, you probably took one when pregnant. And most likely, that means that after birth and now parenting...the details of how to do CPR are kind of foggy. If you're local to Orange County, we have a very affordable (because it's so important to learn!) CPR and First Aid Class regularly. Register today and get updated on these important, life-saving skills. And if you're not local - check the American Heart Association for your nearest class.