Since September is Baby Safety Awareness month, I thought I would compile a list of some helpful tips to help keep your baby safe! As parents, our number one job is to keep our babies happy, healthy and safe. Here are some baby safety tips in honor of Baby Safety Awareness month:
Take a child/infant CPR class! According to the Center for Disease Control, suffocation and choking are the leading causes of death in children under the age of one.
Keep small devices and electronics such as remote controls, watches, key fobs, even musical greeting cards and flameless candles out of reach of young children. The ingestion of small batteries can cause lots of damage to a baby’s body. The National Battery Ingestion Hotline is 202-625-3333.
Make sure your child’s car seat is installed properly. If you are unsure, have your car seat installed by a certified child passenger safety technician. It’s free! Visit www.safekids.org to find a technician near you and for more information on child safety seats.
When administering medication, be sure to use the dosing device that came with the medication. Also, ask your pharmacist to make sure you were given the appropriate dosing device to administer the medication prescribed. Some doctors prescribe doses in teaspoons and some in MLs. Some dosing devices only measure one or the other.
Program the telephone number for Poison Control into your phone. The phone number is 1-800-222-1222. It’s better to have the number and never need it than to have to search for the number if you do need it!
To find out if your baby is at risk for a developmental delay, you can take a free screening called the Ages & Stages Questionnaire. Just go to the Easter Seals website, www.MaketheFirstFiveCount.org, to access the screener.
I hope you have found some of these tips helpful! Here at Easter Seals Greater Houston, it is one of our goals to create a world where each child with a disability is given the support necessary to participate fully in life, and to have dreams and hopes! Please be sure to visit our website to see if there are any of our programs that would be beneficial to your family. Happy Baby Safety Awareness month!