CHOKING PREVENTION FOR BABIES

 Safety Tips


Supervise your baby when he or she is eating or playing.
Children under 5 should not eat small, round or hard foods, including pieces of hot dogs, cheese sticks or chunks, hard candy, nuts, grapes, marshmallows or popcorn.
New parents have a million things to do, but learning CPR should be on the top of the list. It will give you tremendous peace of mind – and the more peace of mind you have as a parent, the better.
Before you've settled on the perfect toy, check to make sure there aren't any small parts or other potential choking hazards.
Keep a special eye on small game pieces that may be a choking hazard for young children. While these kinds of games are great for older kids, they can pose a potential danger for younger, curious siblings.


BABY SLEEP SAFETY AND SUFFOCATION PREVENTION


There is nothing more beautiful than a sleeping baby, especially for parents who are often overtired themselves. By following a few simple tips, you can create a safer sleeping environment for your baby.

  • Lay your baby on his or her back to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).
  • We know that stuffed animals, bumpers and all those cute accessories make a baby’s crib seem warm and cozy. Unfortunately, they can often do more harm than good. Soft bedding can block a baby’s airway during sleep. A firm mattress covered with a tight-fitting crib sheet is all you need to make your baby sleep like a baby.
  •  If you’re worried about keeping your baby warm on those cold winter nights, try using a sleepsack (wearable blanket). They’re pretty cozy.
  • Most infant suffocation occurs during sleep but don’t worry, your baby will be fine. Just spend a little time to make sure your crib is safe.

  • If you can fit a can of soda between the slats of a crib, that means a child’s head, hand or foot could get stuck.
  • Make sure the mattress is firm and fits snugly; otherwise a child could get stuck between the gaps. Cover it with a crib sheet with nothing else in it.

  • Babies should not sleep on beds, sofas, recliners, chairs, soft surfaces, bouncy chairs or baby swings. If this happens, make sure to return your baby to a safe sleep environment.
  • New parents have a million things to do, but learning CPR should be on the top of the list. 


POOL SAFETY CHECKLIST
6 things parents need to know to keep kids  safe at the pool. Do you know all these tips?


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LAUNDRY PACKET SAFETY FOR BABIES


As babies develop, they use sight, taste and touch to explore the world. Liquid laundry packets can be potentially harmful a child gets into them, so parents need to be aware of how to protect babies around liquid laundry packets.

  • Keep liquid laundry packets out of children’s reach and sight.
  • Keep packets in their original container and keep the container closed.

If a child gets into liquid laundry packets, call the Poison Help number immediately: 1-800-222-1222.

Congratulations on your new baby. You're going to be a great parent!

BIKE SAFETY FOR BABIES


Babies around 9 months old are just becoming strong enough to hold up their necks, so it is not recommended that infants younger than 12 months ride in a bicycle seat, trailer, sidecar or any other carrier. However, when they are ready for a free ride, these safety tips can help passengers in a child-trailer or rear-mounted seat enjoy the experience.

Top Safety Tips

  • Infants younger than 12 months are too young to sit in a rear bike seat and should not be carried on a bicycle. Do not carry infants in backpacks or a front carrier on a bike.  
  • It is not recommended to seat babies in slumped positions for long periods of time.
  • The International Bicycle Fund recommends that helmets be round and not aero shaped for infants riding in bike seats and trailers and it should meet American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) safety standards. The helmet should cover the forehead and not sit on the back of the head.
  • Keep in mind that rides in the infant bike seat will be much rougher than the one you experience in the saddle so choose your ride carefully.
  • Many trailers have five-point harnesses, rolling cages, reflectors and safety flags. Using a cover can also help prevent materials from flying into your infant's eyes.

MEDICATION SAFETY FOR BABIES


Many medications for babies and small children look and taste like candy or food. While this might make it easier for little ones to take medicines, it also means parents need to be extra careful to keep medicines up and away when not being used. 

  • Close your medicine caps tightly after every use. 
  • Put all medicines up and away and out of sight including your own. Make sure that all medicines and vitamins are stored out of reach and out of sight of children. In 3 out of 4 emergency room visits for medicine poisoning, the child got into medicine belonging to a parent or grandparent.
  • Talk to your kids about medication safety. Even if their medication tastes good, don’t compare it to candy to encourage kids to take it.
  • Be alert to visitors’ medicine. Guests in your home may not be thinking about the medicine they brought with them in their belongings.

FALL PREVENTION FOR BABIES


  • Keep babies and young kids strapped in when using high chairs, infant carriers, swings and strollers. When placing your baby into a carrier, remember to place the carrier on the floor, not on top of a table or other furniture.
  • For your crawlers and climbers, move chairs, cribs and other furniture away from windows to help prevent window falls.
  • Baby walkers can be dangerous, so try using a stationary activity center. These items give your baby a chance to practice standing and moving more safely. Look for one that is on a stable, non-moveable base and place it away from stairs, hot appliances or window cords.
  • If a baby is in a walker at home, the baby must be actively supervised at all times. Walkers can easily fall down stairs, tip over or help your child gain access to hazards in the home.
  • Secure TVs and furniture to the wall using mounts, brackets, braces, anchors or wall straps to prevent tip-overs.
  • Screens are meant to keep bugs out, not children in. Properly install window guards to prevent unintentional window falls. For windows above the first floor, include an emergency release device in case of fire.
  • Use approved safety gates at the tops and bottoms of stairs and attach them to the wall, if possible. Remember to read the manufacturer's instructions and warning labels to make sure you have the right gate for your needs. Not all gates are safe for use at the top of the stairs.
  • If you are placing your child in a shopping cart seat, use a harness or safety belt. If the belt is missing or broken, select another cart.

Baby-Proof Your Home

POISON PREVENTION FOR BABIES


Gradually, your little ones will start crawling and exploring. It's fascinating to watch them discover new things every day. As babies become more and more mobile, they'll begin testing boundaries in wonderful new ways. When it happens, here are a few tips to help make it a safer journey.

Top Safety Tips

  • Read product labels to find out what can be hazardous to kids. Dangerous household items include makeup, personal care products, plants, pesticides, art supplies, alcohol and carbon monoxide.
  • Program the toll-free number for the Poison Control Center (800-222-1222) into your home and cell phone and post it near your phone or on your refrigerator for the babysitter. Hopefully, you'll never need it, but it's nice to have just in case.
  • Store poisonous items out of reach or use safety locks on cabinets within reach. These items also include detergent pods for the laundry and dishwasher. It takes only a few minutes, and it gives you one less thing to worry about.
  • Check for lead-based paint. Remove any peeling paint or chewable surfaces painted with lead-based paint.

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SWIMMING SAFETY for Babies

Youu can start introducing your babies to water when they are about 6 months old.

  • Remember to always use waterproof diapers and change them frequently.
  • We know you have a million things to do, but learning CPR should be on the top of the list. It will give you tremendous peace of mind – and the more peace of mind you have as a parent, the better.
  • When using inflatable or portable pools, remember to empty them immediately after use. Store them upside down and out of children’s reach.
  • Never leave your child unattended around water. We know it sounds harsh, but there is no room for compromise on this one. Babies can drown in as little as one inch of water. 

STRENGTH IN LIFE!