Save “NO” for danger

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.

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Poison control

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.

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Water temperature

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.

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Toddler injuries

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.

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Scary experiences

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.

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Have a pool?

Make sure adults are trained in life-saving techniques and CPR so they can rescue a child if necessary.

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Direct sun and tots

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.

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Test your smoke alarms today.

The holidays are a good time to test your smoke alarm and change the batteries.

Pool safety tip

Always enclose pools, ponds or hot tubs and put a safety fence between any water source and the house.

Keep kiddie pools drained when not in use.

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Choking hazards

Be on constant guard for small toys and objects that can be choking hazards, batteries, coins, marbles, and pieces of toys from older siblings (wheels, doll shoes, etc.).

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Common items can be bathroom dangers

Keep items like mouthwash, toothpaste and other kid hazard items away. Plungers can make a fun (if not disgusting) play toy to a toddler; don’t leave one by the toilet, and always drain the bathtub.

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Bathroom safety tip

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.

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choking hazard at age 2+

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.

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Hot drink safety tip

Drink hot beverages out of spill-proof and unbreakable travel mugs to avoid burns.

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