Baby safety is a priority among parents that is rarely forgotten. September is National Baby Safety Month and can be a great time to refresh your mind with practical precautions. While there are safety measures to consider almost everywhere you turn, studies show more than one-third of accidental injuries happen inside the home. With that in mind, we’ve got a few pointers to refresh your memory with child-proofing tips around your home.
Small Item Safety
Choking is one of the leading causes of unintentional deaths in children. Everything from coins to beads to magnets and buttons can pose a choking threat to babies and children. Don’t forget to keep your eyes peeled for small objects around the house that your baby could swallow. It’s important to remember that toys with small parts can present the same problem as well. Do a thorough check of all new toys before handing them over to your little one.
While furniture seems like a harmless household essential, tip-overs account for a large percentage of infant injuries. It is estimated that every 43 minutes, one child is injured in a furniture tip-over accident. Smaller items such as floor lamps should be placed behind other pieces of furniture, and larger items such as heavy bookcases, TV stands, and dressers should be anchored to the wall. No matter how sturdy they may seem, a child’s fall onto, push against, or climb onto household furniture could result in a serious injury that could have been prevented.
The American Academy of Pediatrics notes the importance of safe-proofing your electrical outlets inside the home to avoid shock injuries in babies. With so many new things to explore in the world around them, children are known to place objects in their mouths. Parents must prepare their home by covering all outlets, making sure all wires are properly insulated, tucking wires away from their child’s reach, and providing supervision when children are in an area with potential electrical hazards, particularly when toys or appliances are near water (i.e., bathtub or pool).
Houseplants can add a great pop of color and a number of health benefits in your home, but be sure to do your research before bringing one inside. Some houseplants can be harmful, especially when eaten or placed into your little one’s mouth. We suggest opting for faux plants or at least keeping all plants out of reach from inquisitive hands. If you do keep plants inside your home, keep your regional Poison Control’s number nearby should you ever need it in the event of an accident.
Secret Cleaning Storage
While touching on the topic of poison safety, cleaning products should not be forgotten. It may seem obvious, but when in the midst of a free moment to tidy up your space, it is essential to remember to keep all cleaning products out of reach from your baby. Unlike other household items, in some cases, cleaning supplies can pose a threat to children just by touching the container. Store all products in a safe place and consider adding other security measures such as a doorknob cover for an extra layer of protection.
At the end of the day, your little one’s safety is in the mind and hearts of all those who love them and by us, their after-hours pediatric care provider. Urgent Care for Children is here for your family all 365 days of the year to treat non-life-threatening illnesses and injuries. If your kiddo does experience one of the accidents mentioned above, we recommend seeking care immediately.