A home is a warm safe place that our children spend their rainy days and even hot summer days playing in. They love to explore, and if you have a child under one year old, you know all about exploring. Everything goes in th mouth, everything is touched, picked, up, stepped on, pulled, and played with. It does not matter what the item is, your small child will put it into her mouth without a second thought. You find yourself constantly pulling small objects from her mouth, but this isn’t the only danger in your home by a long shot. There are household chemicals in unlocked cabinets, medicine above the sink, a water heater that is set to a temperature above 120 degrees, and many shelves that can be pulled down on top of your child. There are even dangers in your child’s nursery! Don’t panic, although these dangers are all around us, there are many easy things you can do to prevent them from causing your baby any harm. This will result in you having a safe child and piece of mind.
First, I’ll start in the bathroom. There can be some nasty dangers here besides germs. Most homes have a medicine cabinet loaded with your aspirin, cough syrup, and whatever else you may need throughout the year. If you have a child who may climb on top of the toilet to the sink she will most likely be curious of what is inside that cabinet. This is why a medicine cabinet is best locked up. Secondly, your water heater should always be turned down once a baby is brought into the household. It is best if it is turned down to 120 degrees or lower. This will prevent scalds. Giving your child a bath can sometimes be tricky too. Use a grip on the bottom of the tub to prevent slips and use a baby tub or a child seat until your child is old enough to sit themselves. Never leave your child alone even for a second! Drowning is the top accidental death among children ages one to four. Watch out for the toilet too. Don’t leave your baby in the bathroom near a toilet or anywhere in the home near a bucket filled with liquid. If your child happens to try to climb inside she can drown in only a few inches of water. Just to be safe also have a smoke detector in the bathroom along with every other room in the home.
The biggest danger in the living room is usually the stairway. Use a gate at the top and the bottom of the staircase. Also, secure anything your child may be able to pull over on top of herself with straps to the wall such as a television, bookcase, or dresser. Sometimes even having a gate near the steps isn’t enough. My suggestion is, if you have to leave the room for a second and can’t bring you r child with you, use a playpen.
Finally, your child’s nursery. Again, secure dressers so that your child cannot pull them down on top pf herself. By four months your baby is able to roll so never leave her on the changing table while you turn to grab a diaper. keep your hands on her at all times. Also, never put your baby in her car seat on the sofa or coffee table. Set it on the floor. Mobiles can be a danger also along with the crib. Make sure the mobile is out of the child’s reach and the crib slats are no more than two and three eighths inches apart from one another. Also, keep the crib free from pillows, blankets, or stuffed animals that can cause suffocation.
These dangers are real and should be taken serious. It is natural to think, “My child will never drown in a bucket of water. I watch her very carefully.” But the truth is we all take our eyes off of our child for at least a second. It is much better to know that if in the even that you must take your eyes off your child, there will not be as much of a chance for her getting hurt. Use these pointers and also any other you may know of to safeguard your family, your home, and your life.