In the United States, accidents kill 12,175 children a year…..more than all diseases combined, according to a report from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention based on hospital records.
Car crashes were the leading cause, except for infants under 1 year of age, who died of suffocation, and those 1-4 years old, who drowned.
Accidents are preventable and all parents should be aware of their responsibility to keep their children safe. Always watch your baby carefully and learn these important safety tips.
Keep your baby safe from suffocation.
Put babies on their back to sleep. Keep soft bedding out of the crib .Do not hang toys with strings in the crib.
Make sure the crib is safety approved, so the baby can’t slide between the slats and mattress.
Window blind cords should not have a long loop. Cut the loops in two and place high on window out of the child’s reach.
Keep your baby safe from choking.
Children can choke on small things. If something is small enough to fit through a toilet paper tube, it is not safe for little children.
Go through your home. Pick up small items like buttons coins and toys…
Don’t give your baby latex balloons.
Remove small toys…toys with eyes and buttons. Use age appropriate toys.
Beware of small Legos and magnets. Magnets if swallowed can cause serious harm in the baby’s body.
Cut your baby’s food into small pieces…No hard candy, peanuts popcorn. Cut hot dogs into long thin pieces, not slices; no marshmallows.
Keep your baby safe from fire:
Have smoke alarms near every bedroom and keep them in good working order.
Practice family fire drills.
Lock up matches and lighters.
Don’t let babies near lighted candles or fireplaces
Don’t let anyone smoke in your house or near your baby.
Keep your baby safe from falls:
Use screw in safety gates at tops and bottoms of stairs.
Make sure your baby is secure in his/her high chair.
Wipe up spills and keep floors clear.
Have window guards on windows or safety stops. Be sure you can open them in case of fire.
Cover the ground beneath playground equipment with soft, deep mulch or safety material.
Keep your baby safe from poisons:
Lock up all toxic cleaners and substances. Keep far away and out of the reach of babies.
Keep medicines, pill, and alcohol out of reach.
Check fireplaces and heaters for CO (carbon monoxide) emissions. Install a CO (carbon monoxide) alarm…
Know how to call the poison center 1-800-222-1222 if someone takes poison. The poison center will connect you with someone in your area.
Keep your baby safe around water.
Stay with your baby whenever he/she is near or in water.
Keep your baby out of the bathroom. Keep bathroom doors closed. Keep toilet seats down.
Don’t leave standing buckets of water around.
Put a high fence around your pool or spa.
Keep hot water temperature under 120o F. Bath water for a baby should be no more than 100o F..
Keep your baby safe from animals and pets:
Supervise house pets carefully and never leave the baby alone with the pet.
Keep your baby safe in the car:
Use appropriate, safety car seats, properly installed in the back seat
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