Easy escape

If you have a dog flap, make sure it’s locked when your toddler is around. Otherwise it may offer an easy escape route Source

Choosing balloons

Latex balloons are extremely dangerous for toddlers, even with adult supervision. Instead, choose Mylar (silvery) balloons. more info

Small magnet danger

Remove all small magnets from the refrigerator; small items can easily be lodged in a toddler’s throat more info

Stay close

Remind your toddler that if he can’t see you, you can’t see him & so he must be able to see you at all times on the playground more info

Invite others to the park

Invite other moms to the park. There is safety in numbers. Predators don’t want playgrounds where there are a lot of eyes. more info

Drowning danger

Children drown without making a sound. They sink silently waiting for help. They should always be supervised in water.

Bedding danger

Young children, under 6 mos. don’t have strength to turn and raise heads when lying down. Put them on a firm mattress

Alergic reactions may not be immediate

Remember that your toddler can have a reaction to a food even if she’s eaten it before without any problem.

So if your child inherited the tendency to be allergic to eggs, she might not have a reaction the first few times she eats them — but eventually she’ll show symptoms.

From: babycenter.com

Fan safety

Never run fans on the floor with an infant or toddler around, their fingers are small and can enter the grill area of the fan.
From: ParentingToddlers.com

Unbreakable Rules

Teach your children some unbreakable rules including never to run into the street, never wander off alone, and to cross only at traffic lights.

From: ParentingToddlers.com

Pool safety tip

Remove all toys from the pool after use so children aren’t tempted to reach for them.

From: ParentingToddlers.com

Eating hazard

Young children should always be supervised when eating.
From: Better Health Channel

Choking hazard list

The choking hazard list is based on the texture of the food, NOT the size of the food. Avoid these foods until they are at least 4 years of age: hot dogs, nuts and seeds, chunks of cheese or meat, whole grapes, hard gooey or sticky candy, popcorn, chunks of peanut butter, raw vegetables, raisins and chewing gum.
From: A Child grows in brooklyn.com

Choking hazzard

Reduce the risk of choking by avoiding small hard foods such as nuts, raw carrot, hard lollies and popcorn. Offer lightly steamed vegetable sticks instead.

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Teething choking hazards

When teething, do not give your child frozen bagels, hard vegetables, like carrots or frozen food item. These things are choking hazards and could be very dangerous if a piece breaks off.

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Determining choking hazards

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.

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Magnet danger

Watch carefully for loose magnets. If more than one is swallowed, they can attract each other in the body and cause serious injury or even death.

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Asthma and air quality

If your toddler has asthma, then you may already be familiar with air quality alerts. Poor quality air is fertile ground for asthma attacks, a serious summer health risk for toddlers with asthma.

Check your local news or online each morning to determine the status of air where you live and make plans accordingly.

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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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Sunscreen sensitivity

Try a lotion or creamy product with an SPF between 15 and 30, and test a small area on your child’s arm first to see if she’s sensitive to a particular sunscreen.

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