Friday, September 9, 2011

Think Ahead

As we continue our efforts on Safety, Baby Safety is the first of nine articles we will address this month on safety and prevention.  Having been a parent, grandparent, baby-sitter, caregiver for babies and small children, I have learned a few lessons along the way.  First and foremost – have someone who is an expert on Baby and Child Safety inspect your home!  Those of us who live there and or visit frequently will overlook many items – they are where they always are located and we don’t consider them a danger – small scissors, small objects that the cats play with, ensuring baby/child will not fall while sleeping are good examples.  Plants are another item to keep in mind – my wife has a green thumb and lots and lots of plants throughout the home make sure they are out of reach because some are poisonous if eaten.

When it comes to the health and safety of your baby, it needs to start even before your child comes home from the hospital.

First, baby-proof your home while the mother is still pregnant.
·         Babies will roll and crawl before you know it. Falls are one of the leading causes of injury.
Install gates, window locks and secure all furniture to walls
 It's also a good idea to install your car seat ahead of time. Over 75% of car seats are used or installed improperly. According to new AAP guidelines, babies should be rear facing up to 2 years of age.
Talk to your OB/GYN about banking your child's cord blood in the event of a traumatic accident or illness even into their teen years.
Remove toxins from your home and your baby food. Look for baby food that is organic and free of salt and preservatives.
 Eliminate cleaning products that have chemicals and other items such as dry cleaning bags, air fresheners, etc.
 Keep them safe in the car at all times.
Check your state's rules about booster seat use. Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children 1 - 14 years of age.
Finally, be sure your child is secure in the car seat 

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