September is here and that means it is officially Baby Safety month- a month dedicated to
sharing tips and ideas to help keep your little one safe and sound. Find below some quick tips on safety for your home and keeping your bundle of joy safe. A reminder these are tips and suggestions and do not serve as a replacement for the recommendations of a physician.
Stairs can be dangerous places in terms of young children learning to crawl and move
around. Stairs can also be a dangerous place for adults carrying a young child if stairs are wood and walking up and down the stairs with socks on this can potentially cause falls. It is best to have a baby gate at both the top and bottom of the stairs to prevent accidents from taking place.
If you haven’t had a chance to think about safety while the baby sleeps, the baby’s crib is an amazing place to start. Ensure that the mattress is snug by allowing there to be no more space than two fingers between the mattress and the side of the crib. Ensure that small objects are kept out of the crib so there is no risk of choking hazards.
Watch The Cords
Cords are a strangulation hazard and very dangerous for babies. To make sure the bedrooms are nursery are as safe as possible make sure the window coverings are cordless. If they are not cordless tie up curtains and blind cords so they are near the top of the window. Additional cords such as cell phone chargers, lamps, and baby monitor cords should be kept out of reach.
Carseat safety is important including making sure the seat is the correct size and installed properly. To ensure the correct installation check out the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for safety seat inspection locations. A certified inspector will give you advice on the car seat restraints and other safety tips for the car.
Falls can occur easily and quickly once a child begins to roll. It is highly recommended not to leave your baby on changing tables, beds, sofas, or chairs. Placing the child in a crib or playpen is the best option if unable to hold the baby to prevent falls.
Did you know that drowning is the second leading cause of injury in the US amongst
children ages 1 to 4? Never leave a child alone if the bathtub, hot tub, or pool. Children can drown quickly in a small amount of water. Always test the water with your elbow to avoid burning the baby’s sensitive skin.
Planning for the safety of your home can be overwhelming. The Postpartum Planning class addresses safety along with many other concerns that could present themselves during the
fourth trimester join us for the next class in October. Newborn safety and child safety, in general, is extremely important. If questions or concerns arise do not hesitate to call the doctor or emergency services.
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