Important tips for keeping your kids safe this summer
posted by: Guest Blogger
Kids are curious, creative, and at times clumsy. This combination can be a recipe for accidents as we all well know. While we want our little ones to adventure and discover the world in their own way, we also want to protect them. Summer is an exciting month to play outside, get dirty, and learn new activities. But, it’s also a time to take extra precautions.
The National Safety Council has declared the month of June National Safety month to increase the awareness families have about child safety and safety guidelines. We’ve got the keys to keep your safe this summer.
0-6 Months: Babies put everything in their mouth! It’s how they learn about the world. Here are tips to protect her from anything dangerous.
- Keep cigarettes, lighters, matches, alcohol, and other items not safe for baby locked up and out of your child’s sight and reach.
- Use safety caps on all medicines and toxic household products. Keep the safety caps on tightly at all times.
- Be sure to keep all household products and medicines completely out of sight and reach.
- Use safety latches on any cupboard doors within her reach.
- Never store lye drain cleaners in your home.
- Keep all products in their original containers.
- Never leave your child unattended. Take advantage of baby carriers, front packs, backpacks, and slings to keep your baby safe with you.
If your baby does accidentally get into something poisonous, call the Poison Help Line immediately. Do not make your child vomit. Doctors will need to know exactly what the poison was to best help your child.
6-12 months: Baby is on the move and getting big! Time to baby-proof your home. It may also be time for a new car seat.
- Use safety gates to help prevent falls down stairs and to keep children from entering rooms with possible dangers. Don’t use spring or pressure-mounted gates at the top of stairs, as these can be pushed down easily.
- Use cordless window coverings to prevent strangulation.
- Use anchors on furniture, TVs, and ranges to avoid furniture tip-overs.
- Use corner and edge bumpers to help prevent injuries from falls against sharp edges of furniture and fireplaces.
- Use outlet covers to help prevent electrocution.
It is safest for your baby to be rear facing in his car seat until at least 2 years of age.
Types of rear-facing car seats:
- Infant Car Seat (Rear-Facing only): Designed for newborns and small babies, the infant-only car seat is a small, portable seat that can only be used rear-facing. Babies usually outgrow their infant car seats by 9 months. When that happens, we recommend that parents purchase a convertible or all-in-one car seat and use it rear-facing.
- Convertible Seat: As a child grows, this seat can change from a rear-facing seat to a forward-facing seat with a harness and tether. Because it can be used with children of various sizes, it allows for children to stay in the rear-facing position longer.
- All-in-One Seat: This seat can change from a rear-facing seat to a forward-facing seat (with a harness and tether) and to a booster seat as a child grows. Because it can be used with children of various sizes, it allows for children to stay in the rear-facing position longer.
Fun in the water: Children love to play in the water. Learn how to keep your child safe in the pool and the bathtub.
- Children can drown in less than 2 inches of water.
- NEVER leave your child alone in or near a bathtub, pail of water, wading or swimming pool, or any other water, not even for a moment.
- Stay within an arm’s length of your child around water.
- Never leave floats in the pool after play, they are too tempting for little hands.
- Empty all buckets after each use.
- Keep the bathroom doors closed.
- Close the toilet lid.
Helmet safety: Helmets protect young children on bikes, trikes, skates or scooters.
- Emergency rooms see more bicycle and head injuries than any other childhood injury.
- Helmets prevent head injuries, especially when they fit properly and are worn consistently.
- Check out this PBS Video to learn how to keep your child safe with a helmet!
Safety in Sunshine and Heat:
- Heatstroke can happen quickly if a child is left in the car and can lead to brain injury or even death. Never leave a child alone in the car, even just for a minute.
- Cars can reach 125 degrees in just minutes, and open windows don’t help.
- Even in temperatures as cool as 60 degrees, the car reaches dangerous temps. Learn more.
- Use sunscreen every time your child is in the sun. Even if it’s cloudy and cool.
- Just one bad, blistering sunburn in childhood more than doubles a person’s chances of developing deadly skin cancer (melanoma) later in life.
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