Worried about your baby’s safety and security? Here’s a list of 10 household hazards that most parents overlook but shouldn’t.
Your home is the beautiful place where your baby’s going to make all his early memories but if not taken care of, it can turn into a hazard for your little one. The things even that are made especially for the babies like baby carriers can even cause a potential hazard for the children if no proper instructions are followed.
While you shouldn’t get paranoid about your baby’s safety, there are a few easy fixes that most parents overlook and paying attention to them can make it a little safer for your baby to grow as a healthy child.
Here are the ten household hazards that you might be overlooking as a parent.
Hand-Me-Down Baby Gear
The problem: The used toys from an older baby may have missing parts, they may not be abiding by the current safety guides for the baby, and it may be broken and have a sharp edge which could hurt.
The prevention: Definitely don’t give your child a decade old metal toy or something having old paint jobs, the lead from the metal may harm. Have the old or any second-hand toy inspected before handing over to the kid? Visit Consumer Product Safety Commission to know more about product safety.
The problem: It may look bright and colored but it must be used with precautions. The latex balloons are stuck in a child’s throat and block it which is the main hazard.
The prevention: Always supervise the child while playing with a balloon, don’t allow biting the balloon at any case. Buy Mylar balloons instead of latex ones.
The problem: The child might swallow the detergent which damages the lining of mouth and esophagus and irritates baby’s skin. The racks are a little sharp if the child falls on it and it gives your baby access to sharp knives and forks.
The Prevention: Ensure that the child is away from it, the sharp things must be pointed downwards, keep it latched when not in use, don’t put the detergent until you want to use it.
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The problem: It may cause suffocation for a child. As the infants can’t express these things parents must understand this. The soft beds cover the face by molding around it.
The prevention: Put your baby on her back on a stiff mattress having a tight fitting sheet on it, it’s best to use the blanket sleeper instead of blankets.
The problem: There are several babies hurt while they tipped over a stove or scalding water. The improper installation of the kitchen range can hurt the baby if it leans on the front.
The prevention: Kitchen range must be installed with anti-tip brackets in the front end, keep the door of oven closed and never allow your child to climb or lean on them.
Bath and Baby Oils
The problem: There are such chemicals in some oils and bath products which may cause serious harm to a child (like hydrocarbons), especially if a child intakes it.
The Prevention: Know the contents of such products; keep it out of reach, even other cosmetic products.
Bath Seats and Rings
The problem: The baby could face a hazard of drowning if left unsupervised. The suction cups might become free and tip the baby over. The legs of the baby might slide.
The prevention: Don’t leave the baby alone even for a second when it comes to seats and rings. It might give you a false sense of security.
The problem: The main potential hazard with the things related to bags, purses, suitcases etc. is that it might contain anything which could harm the child or the child could eat. Example pen caps, hard candy, cosmetics, medicines, scissors, safety pins etc.
The prevention: Put the purses or suitcases in the cupboards and closets even if someone visits, if you visit someplace else, keep the purse out of reach of the child and supervise.
The Family Dog
The danger: A huge number of children have to be taken to emergency due to the dog bites. It’s hard to predict the behavior of dogs when small kids are around, and nobody can guarantee that. The dog at home or at friend’s place might cause harm to a small child.
The prevention: Never leave your child alone with a dog, never let the child tease, corner or irritate a dog especially when it’s eating or sleeping. While some breeds of dogs are more aggressive than others, its behavior can’t be guaranteed.
The problem: Power windows could crush a child’s wrist or a finger. The window can accidentally close on a child when she leans against it.
The prevention: Make sure that the windows are child locked and check each time you operate a window.