To prevent your baby from choking, cut her food into small bites. Don’t allow your baby to play with anything that may cover her face or is easy for her to swallow.
According to the Amer Academy of Pediatrics, 1 child dies every 5 days choking on foods like hotdogs, carrots, grapes & nuts.
Window blind cords should not have a loop. Cut any loop in two pieces and place them up high where children cannot get them.
Make sure the crib has no areas with gaps more than 2 inches so the child’s head cannot get stuck.
Never refer to medicine as candy – you’re setting up a potentially dangerous confusion. Tell it like it is.
Children can choke on small things. If something is small enough to fit in a toilet paper tube, it is not safe for little children.
Save ‘No’ For Red Flag Moments when safety or health is at risk, you want an immediate response, or your little one has really crossed the line. Saying NO too much will wear out its effectiveness.
Know to call 1-800-222-1222 if someone takes poison. This number will connect you to emergency help in your area. Keep the number by every phone.
To prevent burns, set the temperature of your hot water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, never leave cups of hot liquid on tables or counter edges, and never carry hot liquids or food while holding your child.
The toddler years could be called the first-aid years. Your baby’s rapidly increasing mobility will give her many more chances to injure herself.
While you may have needed little more in the way of a first-aid kit than a thermometer, a medicine dropper, a bottle of acetaminophen drops, and syrup of ipecac during your baby’s first year, now’s the time to stock up on adhesive bandages, cotton balls, tweezers, and calamine lotion.
A deeply stressful or scary experience such as a car accident, fire, crime, death of a loved one, sudden illness, violence or abuse challenges a toddler’s sense of security.
Left untreated, these events can cause fears that reach well into adulthood that will be hard to resolve.
Details get lost over time and recall becomes sketchy, so getting down to the issues at a later point can be very difficult.
Dealing with the source of the trauma in a timely way can reduce the anxiety felt by the toddler today, and help them to build a healthier tomorrow.
Make sure adults are trained in life-saving techniques and CPR so they can rescue a child if necessary.
If you will be in direct sun for any length of time apply some sun block/screen on your baby/toddler. There are products made just for their young, sensitive skin.
You will want to try the product on a small patch of their skin first as some children may be allergic to the ingredients.
Avoid expensive plumber calls, keep the toilet lid down and locked when not in use. It’s a good idea to limit access to the bathroom with a safety gate or lock, if practical.
Many people assume if their 2 year old has teeth, they can’t choke on a grape.
Most kids that age don’t choke due to a lack of chewing ability but rather if they are not securely seated when eating they can get distracted, running around, see a toy or another child and choke because they are not paying attention. The recommended age for no longer needing to cut up food is 4.
Young children should not be allowed to play with fireworks under any circumstances.
Sparklers, often mistakenly considered a safe firework for young children, burn at very high temperatures and can easily ignite clothing.
The sparks that are emitted can easily cause burns to hands and exposed skin. Young children cannot understand the danger involved and often will not act appropriately in case of an emergency.
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