Baby Safety

It is absolutely essential that your children need a safer, happier and conducive environment to live in. Right from her birth, everything needs to be taken care of promptly. Learn all the aspects of baby safety and prevent your child from any injuries.

Last Updated: Oct 22, 2020 11:29 GMT

Baby Safety
Baby Safety

The following safety measures are to be followed during every stage of your child’s life.

Safety measures when using Cots

·         The cot should be placed away from power points, curtain or blind cords.         The cot should be placed away from the windows, heaters and other electrical appliances. The plastic wrapping from new mattresses should be removed immediately which can cause suffocation in babies.

      The mattress should be firm and fit well in the cot.

Dummies

Whether you require a dummy for your child is your choice. Though the reason is unclear, the results from observational studies show that use of dummies may reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). Some of the disadvantages of using a dummy include interference with breastfeeding; babies may develop dental problems, ear and tummy infections.

Safety tips when using a dummy

·         Before giving a dummy to your baby, always notice signs of any damage. If there is any damage, do not use it.

·         Wash dummies in hot soapy water, then rinse and air dry. 


Do not attach dummies with a ribbon or cord as it can turn to be a strangulation hazard for your baby.

·         Don’t give them an imitation flashing dummies as it can be a choking hazard.

·         As there are chances of choking, avoid using dummies during teething or once they have developed teeth.

·         Choose the right time and make them stop using the dummy. Most children will stop by themselves.

·         It is not advisable to use a dummy once your child reaches 2 to 4 years of age. Offer a dummy only when it is necessary, especially after or between feeds. Don’t force them to use a dummy.

Safety measures to follow when using prams or strollers

The prams and strollers that you use for your baby should meet the safety standards.

·         Always supervise your child when you place them in a pram

·         Make sure that the brakes work properly

·         Before placing your baby in a pram, be sure that locking devices are in the right place.

·         The harness straps should fit your child firmly.

·         Do not place any extra objects in the pram as it could make it unstable

·         Prams are not intended to be used in stairs or escalators. Always use a lift.

Walkers

Though walkers delay the walking process in babies, some parents wish to use it for their babies. The following safety measures are to be followed when using a walker.

·         The walker should meet the safety standards.

·         It should be used only in flat surfaces, not in stairs.

·         Your child should not be left alone in a walker.

·         It is good to use a walker in an area that is ‘baby proofed’.

·         The walker should have a braking system and a lock.

·         Don’t place your baby in a walker for more than 15 minutes.

Water Safety for Babies

·         Don’t leave your children in a bathtub or in a pool alone even for a second.

·         Empty the bathtub or paddling pool immediately after use.

·         Encourage them to wear life jackets.

·         When kids are in or near water, watch them carefully and let them not get distracted in other ways.

·         Pools at home need to be installed with a four-side fence with self-closing and self-latching gates. This helps children from accidental wandering.

Car safety

·         It is important to use age appropriate seat belts when you travel with children. However short the trip maybe, it is important to use seat belts.

·         It is important not to seat children in front of an airbag and it is always advisable to seat children in the back seat.

·         Never drive when the seat belt is twisted or undone.

Safety measures during hot and cold weather

·         Babies who are less than six months of age, should not be exposed to direct sunlight and sunscreens should not be used during that age as their skin is very tender and contain too little melanin.

·         During summer, a cool bath before bedtime may be beneficial. Give them lots of fluids to avoid dehydration.

·         In cold weather, babies require multiple layers of dressing when they are in the outdoors.

Other general safety measures

Suffocation: Make sure that the sleeping environment of children is safe. Follow proper eating habits like giving them small pieces of food and supervise them whether they chew thoroughly and swallow properly. It is important to check toy package’s choking hazard label before buying a toy.

Poisoning: Medicines, toxic chemicals, cleaning detergents and household chemicals must be kept out of reach of children.

Burns: Install and maintain smoke alarms and be sure to check its working condition every month. Teach your kids, at least two ways of escaping if there is a fire. Never allow children near stoves and microwave ovens. Always check water heater temperature before allowing the child inside the room.

Falls: Before allowing your child to play in the playground, be sure that the playground equipment is safe, sturdy and shock-absorbent. It is good to use home safety devices like guards on windows, stair gates and guard rails. Your child should wear the right safety gear like helmet and padding, when involved in sports or during recreation. 

Always follow the safety measures until your children become independent.

 

 

 

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