Monday, December 17, 2018

With the holidays ahead are you planning to have guests with young children?
Today I will share some things you can do to safety proof your home young visitors.

1. Post the Poison Help Number in a prominent place.

2. Decorate sliding glass doors with stickers.

3. Have a safety gate ready to block access to areas you do not want them to have access to. Lock the doors leading to basement or the attic.

4. Check the batteries on smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

5. Be aware that pets, their food and toys can be hazards to young children.

6. Tie-up the cords of window blinds. To lower the risk of SIDS place children on their Backs to Sleep and have nothing in the crib but baby. Do not overheat, if room is comfortable for adults it will be comfortable for baby.

7. Put outlet plugs in unused outlets

8. Follow the age recommendations on toys.

9. Holly, mistletoe, and philodendron toxic to children. Poinsettia can cause rashes. Batteries and magnets are also toxic. Hard candies, popcorn, raisins and hot dogs can cause choking. Balloons are a real choking hazard! If a child tries to blow up a balloon, itcould be aspirated and cut off their air way.

10. Adult hand bags or purses can hold a number of things dangerous to children. Keep them out of reach.

This is not an all-inclusive list.
For more information see resources below.

Resources:

Babyproofing 101 – www.parents.com
Newborn Safety Checklist – www.babycenter.com
Rochester Hospital www.urmc.rochester.edu