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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Avoid sun exposure from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is when the sun’s rays are most intense. Keep in mind that even on cloudy days, the sun can be just as strong; you’ll want to use these same precautions on those days as well.
The backyard should be considered another ‘room’ and should be childproofed just as an indoor room would be.
If you have a deck, make sure the space between the railings is less than 4 inches. If it’s not, put up some kind of netting or protective shield. One Step Ahead sells a fantastic clear plastic protector that I’ve used for years.
If the outdoor area is adjacent to your house, then arrange proper fencing to prevent your toddler from going out of your area to the front road.
Attach a gate with the fencing and keep it closed. This will ensure that your kid can play safely inside the fenced area.
Bathtubs are incredibly slippery, so outfit yours with a rubber bath mat for more secure seating.
A cushioned spout cover can protect your toddler’s head from painful bumps. Also, be sure that any sliding glass shower doors are made from safety glass.
Parents should start by educating themselves about social media.
Sign up for the services your children are on and read up about them. Find out what the dangers are and discuss them with your children.
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.
Did you know 98% of car seats are installed incorrectly?
Avoid having balloons at parties for kids under 3, because balloons can be a choking hazard.
Anything that’s small or sharp is dangerous, as kids love exploring with their mouths. Make sure that small and sharp objects are out of reach, so clear tables and counter tops.
Toddler’s have one-third the jaw strength of an adult. Softer meats are good alternatives, such as fish, hamburger and high quality lunchmeats.
Hard to chew red meats and other foods also pose choking hazards for toddlers. Never serve anything larger than a dime and be sure to cut your toddler’s food into small, manageable pieces and never leave your child unattended while he’s eating.
Although parents often baby-proof stairs and other areas where babies and toddlers could potentially fall, they may not think about falling as a risk for older children.
According to the Home Safety Council, falls are the leading cause of nonfatal home injuries among children under age 15, accounting for an average of 1.3 million injuries a year.