Accidents at home are one of the most common causes for injuries, and in some cases death, in infants and toddlers. Some of the most common ones are falling, injuries from sharp objects, electric shocks and crib injuries. Though supervision may help prevent the accidents to a large extent, watching the child every minute can be a big challenge.
Here are a few tips to make your home a safe place for your child:
- Young infants (less than 6 months old) often kick, wiggle and may roll over and hence do not leave them in raised areas.
- Remove pillows, soft toys and blankets from the crib when your baby is in it as these may cause suffocation if put on the face accidentally
- Cribs or beds should have side protections to ensure your baby does not trip/slide and fall over
- Install safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs to prevent fall
- Cover open balconies, terraces or windows with protective grills or guards to prevent fall
- Keep matches, lighters, hot drinks, sharp objects, medicines etc. out of reach of your child
- Cover the open electrical sockets/plug points with protectors
- Cover items with sharp edges or corners (furniture) with protective padding
- Choose the right toys appropriate to your baby’s age to prevent suffocation or choking hazards
- Never leave your child alone in the bathroom either in the tub or bucket filled with water to prevent drowning
- Keep emergency numbers, first-aid kits handy for quick action in case of emergencies
Taking these measures will make your home secured for your child, and will ensure your child stays safe and sound even if you are not around him/her for a short period.