Keys to Safety

Keeping your infant or toddler safe from harm is a difficult job. Many dangers lurk even in your own home. But there are things you can do to reduce the chances of accidents. Keep the following keys to safety in mind.113_childproofing.jpg

  • Never underestimate your child’s ability. Be safe rather than sorry.
  • Stay one step ahead of your child by thinking ahead to what she might get into next.
  • Emphasize safety in all you do with your child. For example, point out traffic signals that tell you it is safe to cross the street.
  • Be a model of safe behavior. Always wear safety belts, bike helmets, life jackets, etc.
  • Never leave your young child unattended.
  • Take safety precautions in your home. Keep medicines and cleaning products locked away.
  • Make sure activities are age appropriate.
  • Keep emergency phone numbers posted in the home and saved in your cell phone.
  • If your child has an allergy or medical condition, such as asthma, epilepsy, or diabetes, make sure she has a medic-alert bracelet or necklace.

For even more child safety information, be sure to read the Growth Spurts article "Child Safety" in the January 2010 issue of ParentLife.  

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