Pregnancy, childbirth and parenting can be overwhelming and filled with the fear of the unknown. But there are many ways you can keep your baby safe you may not have considered yet!
Did you know that Infants and children are at a higher risk for choking than adults? Seems logical when you think about it. Baby’s explore the world around them and objects in their environment by bringing them to and often putting them in their mouths.
Here are some handy tips to keep your little ones safe:
- Keep small items like buttons out of reach
- Never leave an infant unattended on a bed, table, or other surface from which the infant could roll off.
- Always use safety straps on high chairs and strollers.
- Follow the guidelines for using infant car seats.
- Choose age-appropriate toys. Inspect toys for small or loose parts, sharp edges, points, loose batteries, and other hazards.
- Create a safe environment. Watch children carefully, particularly around water and near furniture.
- Keep toxic chemicals and cleaning solutions safely stored in childproof cabinets.
- To reduce the risk of choking do not feed your baby popcorn, hard candies, hot dogs or whole grapes until the age of 4.
- Sit with your baby while he or she eats.
- Never tie pacifiers, jewelry, chains, bracelets, or anything else around an infant’s neck or wrists.
- Keep cords and strings from curtains and blinds safely out of reach.
- Do not allow your baby to play with plastic bags
Why not give yourself some peace of mind and learn what to do in an emergency to save your child’s life?
Knowing what to do and how to act if your child is choking or stops breathing, is a skill that will pay you back 10 fold should you ever need to call upon that knowledge. CPR is a life saving skill that all new parents, caregivers and grandparents should all have tucked away in their tool belts in a break in case of emergency.
Join us January 8th for Our Second “Infant Safety Night” and learn what to do in an emergency from Paramedic Ricki Bristow. Ricki will share if what to do if your infant is choking, discuss basic CPR as well as how to deal with other common medical issue like fevers and rashes.
Spaces are limited! Sign up HERE
Maggie Hilton RN, BScN, is a Registered Nurse with 8 years of experience in Childbirth Nursing and 6 years of experience as a Childbirth Educator in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. Maggie is a full time RN, part time instructor at Conestoga College where she teaches maternity nursing courses to Nurses looking to further their careers in the maternal-child field as well as CO-owner of Balancing from Birth to Baby. She has a great passion for childbirth education, especially in regards to pain management during labour. Maggie is the mother of two young children, one of whom was born at home and one of whom was born in hospital.