Child Safety for Babies and Toddlers

Baby in Appropriate Car Seat

Picture courtesy of Vincent Iannelli, M.D., About.com Guide
Picture courtesy of Vincent Iannelli, M.D., About.com Guide

Baby Reaching for Stove

Picture courtesy of Vincent Iannelli, M.D., About.com Guide
Picture courtesy of Vincent Iannelli, M.D., About.com Guide

Childhood Accidents

The leading cause of death for children is accidents and most of these deaths are preventable. This year about one in four children (14 million) will suffer an injury that will require medical attention. Of those, 120,000 will be permanently disabled from accidents. Child safety must be kept first and foremost in your mind at all times. Safety covers many areas of home hazards and it is important as parents to recognize the less obvious hazards. Additionally, it is important to know what to do until medical help arrives if your child has a serious accident. Taking a first aid course through the YMCA or through the Red Cross is helpful so you can learn CPR.

You could put your baby in a protective glass cage and they would probably still find a way to injure themselves. It seems injuries just go along with childhood. Our goal is to make their environment as safe as possible to minimize those injuries.

Many parents do childproof their homes, strictly use proper car seats, keep a well stocked first aid kit for emergencies but that may not be enough to prevent some type of injury requiring medical attention.

Common Types of Injuries

The most common type of childhood injuries are:

Burns are one of the most common accidental injuries. They include sunburns, and burns from stoves, fireplaces, lamps, matches, lit cigarettes, wood stoves, and hot liquid from hot water to coffee. Mayo Clinic recommends that for a minor burn you hold the burned area under cool (not cold) water for 10-15 minutes or until the pain subsides. Use cool compresses if you are unable to immerse the burned area under water. Cover the area with a sterile gauze bandage.

Head injuries are caused primarily by falls from high chairs, beds, furniture, stairs and playground equipment and immediate require medical evaluation.

Choking on food or small objects is a common emergency. Call 911 and use the Heimlich maneuver if the child is turning blue and not coughing.

Strangulation caused by strings, ribbons, ties, cords from drapes or blinds, clothing and sometimes household appliance cords is another thing to avoid.

Nose injuries usually caused by running into stationary objects, falling on a hard surface or from a flying object, or it maybe from the fist or foot of another child. Items stuck in a nostril like small toys, stones, chewable vitamins, pebbles or peas are something children do and this sometimes takes a pediatrician to remove the object.

Cuts and scratches may be caused by almost anything, such as finger nails, pets, any sharp object, scissors and sharp objects in the yard and usually need just a little first aid.

Fractures and sprains may be caused by hard falls as children break bones more easily than adults due to soft areas called growth plates near the ends of the bones. Ofr course, this means a trip to the hospital.

Contusions which are bruises under the skin are caused by bumps and falls. Sometimes a little ice will quickly reduce the swelling.

Insect stings or bites can be a problem and your first aid kit will have some treatment.

Muscle strains may occur after a child starts playing a little rougher or after starting a new sport.

A pulled elbow can occur if you pick your child up by one arm, jerking his arm forcefully or swinging him by one arm. The forearm bone actually slips out of the joint. This is very dangerous for your child and should be avoided.

Eye injuries can be caused by dust, sand or many types of foreign matter that gets into the child’s eye. Rinse the eye gently with tepid water.

Child Safety

Childproof Your Home

For babies and toddlers you home and there are many things to consider. Most of the items listed are inexpensive. Listed below are some of the items for childproofing your home. Covering outlets, keeping electrical cords away from small children, keeping safety locks on windows and doors, keeping all medicine in a high secure place and simply watching your child carefully. When they are the most quiet is sometimes the most important time to check on them.

Child Safety Tips from KinderVision

Safety Tips

All electrical outlets should be covered.

Use gates at the top of stair cases.

There are adhesive and screw mounted drawer braces that won’t allow the drawer to open more that an inch or so. Sliding cabinet locks are available for kitchen and bathroom cabinets.


More Safety Equipment

Use a window wedge set to keep toddlers from opening any window.

Use plant protector screens that will keep your child from playing in the dirt.

Use a bi-fold door lock that is easily opened by an adult but keeps the children out of the closet .Use a bath transition baby tub or a big gripper mat for their baths.

There are no tip furniture brackets which are easily installed.

For a crib you will need breathable bumpers so the baby won't get legs or arms caught in the rungs of the crib.  These are very important to prevent injuries.

There are child protective light switch covers that are easily installed.

If you have a flat screen TV you will need to install anti-tip straps as the TV’s are top heavy and this is probably a wise move even if your children aren't young.

You can also purchase a hide-away extra long bed rail for a single bed when the child is making that transition from a crib to a bed.

There are clear stove knob covers if you have the type of stove that a child can reach and also oven locks, plus latches for front loading washers and dryers.

There are cord wind-ups for dangling window blinds as the cords can be a danger to your child if they get one wrapped around their throats.

There are corner and edge cushions that you can purchase if you have sharp corners that may hurt them if they fall or run into them.

First Aid Kit

You will want to keep a first aid kit handy as children always have little accidents plus band aids seem to fix most everything. Keep a bottle of Ipecac on hand as a treatment for poison. First call the poison control center if your child eats or drinks anything that might be poisonous, then you have the Ipecac handy if needed.

In summary. I am amazed at the multitude of safety devices for the home. It is not that difficult to childproof your home and knowing it is a safer place for your child allows you to worry less and enjoy your precious children.


© 2010 Pamela Oglesby

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Ladybird33 6 years ago from Georgia USA

This is a great hub for all mothers, aunts, dad, babysitters,et... I learned a lot and I have a young child. thanks! Hope you are well.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Ladybird, Thank you so much for the compliment and the comment.


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sagbee 6 years ago from Delhi

Some cool tips and amazing video.. that's a very informative hub indeed.. thanks a lot for sharing this with the hubpages.. :)


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Sagbee, Thank you so much for your comment.


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carolina muscle 6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

Super post on safety !!!!


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Tom Whitworth 6 years ago from Moundsville, WV

Pamela,

When my girls were little I was paranoid about them choking. Luckily we made it through that time.

I do remember when Tracee was a toddler right after her bath I realized her crib needed to be lowered. Right as I started toward it she tumbled out and I caught her by the heel just before her head hit the floor.


partisan patriot 6 years ago

pamela

Great informative hub but you left out one important aspect; HOW TO OBAMA PROOF YOUR COUNTRY COME THIS NOVEMBER?

Answer: Elect Republicans!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Carolina, Thanks for your comment.

Tom, What a close call for your and Tracee. My children survived a near drowning, a few stitches and 2 of them had broken a bone at different times. Luckily everything turned out okay. Thanks for sharing.

Patriot, If only our children could vote! Thanks for the comment.


New Child Safety 6 years ago

This is a great hub, I particularly like the overview approach which is a great way to have your childcare support get up to speed quickly on how to care for your child, not to mention a reminder to all parents of things to consider in keeping our children safe - wonderful!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

New child safety, Thank you so much for your comments. There is nothing more important than keeping our children safe.


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

This hub should be required reading. You did a fabulous job and I am voting it up!


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jiberish 6 years ago from florida

Great Info Pamela. My first grandson is a year and half old, and he has kept my son very busy safety proofing the house. It's amazing how creative they can be at such a young age. This is a must read for all parents. Thank you!


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rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

Outstanding Hub! Great tips on safety, this is a must read for everyone.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

POP, Thanks so much for your comment.

Jiberish, Babies can definitely keep you on your toes. I'll bet you really enjoy they little fellow. Thanks for your comment.

rpalulis, Thanks so much for your comment.


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JerseyGirl 6 years ago from Jersey Shore

Great Hub with outstanding tips for everyone! Keep publishing.


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prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

I'll bookmark this one, Pamela. I hope someday it useful for my babies. This hub contain everything I need to taking care the babies and toddlers. Thumbs up and I rate this one. Have a nice day!

Prasetio


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

JerseyGirl, Thank you for you comment.

Prasetio, You are such a nice man I know you will find the perfect wife and have beautiful babies. Thank you for your comment.


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anglnwu 6 years ago

Great ideas. Reminds me of when my kids were younger and I need to think like them--what looks interesting at their levels and then consider the hazards lurking behind them. You can never be too careful. You've offered many suggestions and they will be very useful to those who are thinking of child-proofing their homes, even cars. Thanks and rated it up.


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JannyC 6 years ago

Well put together Pamela. Your writing is so tidey I have noticed that reading your works. Great hub.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Anginwu, Thank you for your comments. You are right about the hazards they see at their level and you do have to be so careful.

Janny, Thank you so much for the compliment.


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Hello, hello, 6 years ago from London, UK

Thank you, Pamela, for your doing so much research and putting a wonderful hub together. These little legs and arms are so quick and everywhere. You can't be too careful. Great tips.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Hello, Thank you for your comments.


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CYBERSUPE 6 years ago from MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA, U.S.A.

Hi Pamela99,

My wife and I raised 5 children to adulthood but when they were infants, we wondered if they could make it to be Five years old. We spent many hours in the Hospital Emergency Room. Thank God the injuries were not life threatening. Great Hub for those parents with young children. Good Job !


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Springboard 6 years ago from Wisconsin

A very helpful and informative hub, and one I will pass on to my sister who has a toddler now and another on the way—not that she's not aware with three current kids of the dangers, but one can never be too careful.

It always saddens me to hear horror stories about kids getting hurt or killed in such simple situations.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Cybersupe, thanks for your comment. Sometimes I wonder how my 3 boys survived so well and yes we had some emergency room visits. Thanks for your comment.

Springboard, I hope you sister likes the hub. Things can happen too quickly sometimes. I hate the horror stories also. I have a very tender heart for children. Thanks for your your comments.


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Money Glitch 6 years ago from Texas

This is a very helpful hub for anyone that might have a little one. I used to help in the nursery at church and it always amazes me with how dangers seem to at times attract a child's attention. I'm glad to see that companies are now producing more safety devices to keep children safe. Thanks for sharing. :)


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Money Glitch, Thanks for your comments and I was glad to find so many safety devices that weren't available when my children were young.


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habee 6 years ago from Georgia

Great info, and since we have 2 new little ones in the fam, this is a wonderful reminder for me!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Habee Thanks for your comments. I'm sure those two little ones will give you a lot of enjoyment.


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

This is a must read hub - childhood safety is something many people don't bother with until it is too late and with obvious deep regrets.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Billy, Thank you for your comment. I think people just think it won't happen to them, but it can happen so fast with children as they are clever and quick.


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Ann Nonymous 6 years ago from Virginia

Since I have become an Aunt to two wonderful nephews I have been more aware of safety precautions. This was a great hub, Pamela, and definitely something EVERYONE should know!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Ann, Thank you so much for your comment.


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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Hi Pamela, I am surprised I make to me an old lady, my mom never paid much attention to what was going on...but somehow I am here to tell the tale. Wise advise and an outstanding hub, I am sharing this with my daughter. thumbs up and all the above, you fan and friend...


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

My friend Darlene, Thank you so much for your comments. I wonder how any of us grew up without injury since they didn't have half this protective equipment back then.


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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

very informative hub Pam, and head injuries are dangerous, There is a need to childproof homes. Thank you, Maita


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Miata, I agree with you. Thanks for your comments.


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nancy_30 6 years ago from Georgia

Thank you for this wonderful hub. It had really great information and tips.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Nancy, I appreciate your comment.


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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

Pamela, Child safety for babies and toddlers is a great resource I know many new parents will find much comfort and helpful knowledge in. Peace :)


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

Katiem, Thank you so much for your comments.


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drpastorcarlotta 6 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

GREAT HUB!!! My grandson just burned himself from some hot water on the stove!! WOW! You have some GREAT TIPS!!!! Thank you my friend! YOUR GREAT!!!!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States Author

drpastorcarlotta, I hope your grandson is okay. Burns are so painful. Thank you so much for your comments.


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Roberta99 5 years ago

I agree that child safety is extreme ly important and you have givern some good information in this hub.l


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

Roberta, Thanks so much for your comments.


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daffodil2010 5 years ago

it is hard to be parents..thanks for sharing. voting up!


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Pamela99 5 years ago from United States Author

daffodil, I agree that it is a big job to be parents. Thanks so much for your comments.


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RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

It's so important to keep safety tips for little ones highlighted. I hope your information continues to be read by many.

An accident that we don't often think of can occur in camping settings. Young children usually know enough to stay away from a nightly campfire, but the next morning they may not realize that beneath what looks like a cool surface are hot embers that can give them very bad burns. It is a heartbreaking "'accident" when this occurs.


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States Author

RTalloni, That is a good point to make for campers. Little ones can get hurt so quickly with all that curiosity. Thanks for your comment.

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