Toddlers gravitate to the kitchen. Practice kid safety in the kitchen by cooking on the back burners and turn pot handles away so they aren’t in reach.
Learn child first aid and CPR. Be prepared.
Know how to call for help, including poison control. The national toll-free line for poison control is 1-800-222-1222.
Also, learn child first aid and CPR. We hope you will never have to use these skills. But if you do, the life you save could be your child’s.
Do not force your child to eat a particular food item.
This is not at all effective in reinforcing healthy habits. You can always offer the food at a later time. Allow your child to choose the food that he wants because this may reduce frustration. It will also allow your child to think independently.
Use a safe crib with a snug fitting mattress that cannot get pulled away from the corners. You should not be able to fit more than two fingers between the edge of the mattress and the crib.
Do not place hot fluids on tablecloths in case the child pulls on the tablecloth.
Do not offer hard candy, nuts or popcorn to children under age four. Cut grapes, hot dogs, carrots and such into small pieces to avoid choking.
The holidays are a good time to test your smoke alarm and change the batteries.
Talk with your children about eating candy before they get home. You should inspect the candy before they eat it. If you are not going out trick or treating with your child, buy them some of their favorite candy to eat along the way.
Statistically, Halloween is the most dangerous day of the year for children to walk. In fact, kids are four times as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other night of the year.
Encourage your toddler not to put pencils or crayons in his mouth when coloring or drawing.
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