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.  

Poison Prevention

33_AAPCCLogo.gifMy 8-month-old, Jack, just recently began crawling which has turned our calm, orderly world completely upside-down. I’d like to say my husband and I were completely prepared and had the entire house child-proofed already, but I’m afraid that’s not the case. So as soon as we realized Jack was mobile, we dedicated a weekend to child-proofing the house as much as possible.

Jack is also teething, therefore everything (and I really do mean everything) goes straight into his mouth. So one of the most important aspects of child-proofing for us at the moment is poison prevention. Check out the following poison prevention tips from the American Association of Poison Control Centers.

Store Poisons Safely.

  • Store medicines and household products locked up, where children cannot see or reach them.
  • Store poisons in their original containers.
  • Use child-resistant packaging. But remember — nothing is child-proof!

Use Poisons Safely.

  • Read the label. Follow the directions on medicines and products.
  • Are children around? Take the product or medicine with you to answer the door or the phone.
  • Lock products and medicines up after using them.
  • Is it medicine? Call it medicine, not candy.
  • Children learn by imitation. Take your medicines where children can’t watch.

Teach Children to Ask First.
Poisons can look like food or drink. Teach children to ask an adult before eating or drinking anything!

If you think someone has been poisoned, call your poison center right away at 1-800-222-1222.