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.).
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.
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.
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