Is my child safe at home? 10 Child Safety Tips for Babies aged 3 months to 3 years!
Are You Worried About The Safety Of Your Little Ones While You Are Not With Them?
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- How wonderful is the feeling, when your little bundle of joy starts crawling or takes the first step!
- Parents, Grandparents and everyone else waits for that special moment and celebrates it.
- But this is the age, that is from 3-4 months of the child to 3-4 years, when the parents must take extra precautions, so that the child is not hurt, when crawling or taking his/ her baby steps.
- A little carelessness on the part of parents can lead to serious injuries or even accidents!
- Your child is too small to differentiate between hot and cold; sharp objects and soft objects; hard surface and soft surface; dangers of height, water, electricity, fire, insects, animals and so on.
- They cannot protect themselves on their own. Therefore although they start little movements on their own, there should be complete and alert supervision by parents or other caretakers of the child.
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Safety Tips For Toddlers!
1. The baby might put his/ her finger in electric sockets:
If the electric switches and sockets are fitted at a lower place, on the walls of your home, the child might put the finger or touch it.
You should cover these with plastic switch blockers, available in electric shops.
Remove Cloth electric press, heaters, other electrical devices after use, switch off and unplug them.
Be alert about the movements of the child.
2. Be aware if there are stairs or balcony around:
Crawling and moving on their own feet is important for proper growth of the child. But there can be stairs inside a room or the room may lead to balconies.
Keep the floor clean and use antiseptic cleaners, before putting the children on floor.
Keep an eye that they do not crawl up to the stairs or balcony.
Do not leave them alone or unattended.
Keep a first aid box ready, with all necessary pediatric medicines for smaller injuries, burns or bruises. If however the injury is serious, rush the child immediately to the pediatrician.
3. Getting hurt by furniture:
When the child starts crawling, arrange your furniture in such a manner, so that the child gets ample space to move around.
You can place them alongside the wall, with the entire central area empty for the child to crawl.
Take care to cover the sharp corners of the furniture. You can cover them with foam pieces and sellotape.
Take special care, if you have furniture with glass tops.
Furniture guards are available at the shops.
The fundamental job of a toddler is to rule the universe.
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4. The baby may get bitten by insects or pets:
Your baby is too young to protect herself/ himself from home pets or other animals.
There can also be insects, which might come inside the home from lawns or gardens.
Keep the home pets, such as dogs, cats, birds etc. clean, because if they are dirty they might carry infection.
Get the pets duly vaccinated. If possible, keep them away from your baby.
If some insect bites the child, you can go for herbal remedies as first aid, but take medical advice as well.
5. If the child swallows or eats something wrong:
Sometimes the baby may swallow some medicine meant for adults, or some small non edible or even poisonous objects, coins, seeds, pencil cells, or small wrist watch cells, small magnets, small keys and many such objects.
Sometimes they may even take a large bite and it might get stuck in their throat.
In such serious situations, you must consult the pediatrician. Usually they will do efforts, so that the child vomits the non edible thing out.
Be very alert and remove such objects from the child's reach. When feeding him, break his food into small bite size pieces. And unless he finishes and swallows the first bite, do not put another bite into his mouth.
6. Getting cuts:
When the baby is learning to walk, he/ she may enter the kitchen as well. They may get hold of knives, scissor or other sharp objects and before you can make a move, get minor cuts etc.
Try to keep these sharp objects out of the sight of babies. If by chance they do get cuts or wounds, give first aid and then seek medical help.
If the object is of Iron, the doctor may ask to administer tetanus injection, which is very necessary.
Whenever a toddler sees a pile of blocks, he wants to tear it down.
~~J. J. Abrams
7. Automatic doors and locks:
Most of the doors in today's homes have automatic closing doors and locks.
One must be very careful, if you have toddlers at home.
They may close the doors, when they are inside or outside.
Ensure that you have kept duplicate keys at your neighbor's home. So that in case the door gets locked accidentally, it can be opened without wasting time or breaking the door lock.
Make sure you have well functioning door stoppers.
The child may even hurt his/ her fingers by placing them in between the door and this could be fatal.
8. Slipping in the bathroom:
Taking bath is fun for small kids. But bathrooms are generally quite wet and there are chances that the child might slip, if left unattended.
Do not leave the child alone in the bathroom.
Do not keep the bathtub filled with water.
Do not keep the geyser on.
Keep soaps, shampoo, toilet cleaners and other things carefully, so that the child does not reach them.
Keep the bathroom completely dry and ensure there is no leakage etc.
Use non slip mats.
Even after that the child gets hurt, seek proper medical advice.
9. Getting burnt:
Children have the tendency to touch everything, which comes within their reach or even outside.
Avoid sipping your tea or coffee in close quarters of the child.
When you place hot milk, or water or food on the dining table, the child might pull it towards himself/ herself and get severely burnt.
Burns can also happen due to electric Iron, heaters, candles, inflammable objects.
Make sure to be in attentive and alert while serving food, so that it is out of the reach of the child. It would be better, if the child is fed first with complete attention.
10. Take care if there are two small kids in your family:
Children may hurt each other unknowingly, because both are ignorant about the consequences of their actions.
This might include, putting something in ears or hurting the eyes, or biting or scratching each other.
They may even push each other, which may result in fall and therefore bruises, cuts or other injuries.
Did you know?
With modern lifestyle and busy, working parents, many kids safety gadgets, such as:
'Child locator' , '
Child locks' ,
in home appliances, etc. have come up and are being used by parents extensively.
To Sum Up:
There can be many other precautions, which you must keep in mind.
For example, when you are travelling with your child, in the car, in someone else's home, when visitors come, in parks, at wedding parties or gatherings, when there is change of season etc.
This is just a small list!
Kids and especially toddlers, discover strange and new ways to keep you on toes.
And although they keep you completely engaged in these growing up years, I can tell you by experience, these are the years you are going to miss, when they are grown up.
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