Parents love their children, so they always want them to be happy and safe physically, mentally, and emotionally. This is good, because it is important to keep children as safe as possible. Unfortunately, sometimes kids do get hurt, sick, upset, and such. It happens to all of us. However, this doesn’t mean that we cannot or should not do the best we can to keep them safe. We just need to use our heads and common sense. Plus, we can use a little help from knowing different child safety tips, to help us with what we may not know.
Here is a list of child safety tips that you should keep in mind for keeping your children safe and healthy!
1. Always keep your child clean and neat. This will help to keep them from getting too sick.
2. When you cut their nails, do so very carefully and properly.
3. When the baby needs his or her diaper changed, then change it. If you find that their clothing is soiled, then change them as well.
4. Keep ALL parts of the body clean and dry. You don’t want them to get any kind of infection.
5. Properly clean and take care of their scalp, so that way you can prevent dermatitis, fungal infections, and so on.
6. Be sure that their clothing is comfortable and look enough to allow air entry. You don’t want it to block circulation or cause any irritation.
7. Keep their room clean and free of insects and dust. You should also be sure that their room has sufficient light and ventilation.
8. If there is a baby still sleeping in the parents’ room for any reason, have them sleep in their own crib or bed (depending on the age). You can still keep their bed near yours, so that you may quickly get to them if need be.
9. When your child is playing, give them a few noise and music making toys to play with. This way, you will know what your child is doing and that they are still playing. In addition, it can also sooth them and keep them happy.
10. When you are carrying a baby, be sure to support his or her head with your hand. Their neck muscles are still weak, and a sudden fall can be dangerous for them.
11. If you choose to breast feed your baby, you should do so per the infant’s need, while you are in a sitting position. You should also be sure to keep the nipple clean, so that way you can give your baby the nutrition he or she needs without them getting sick.
12. If there is a reason to not breast feed your baby, then you can give them formula or regular milk (depending on the baby’s age and doctor’s advice). Be sure the formula or milk has not gone bad. Clean the bottle with warm water and keep it dry until the next time you will need to use it.
13. Diseases such as bovine tuberculosis and brucellosis can spread through raw milk, so the regular milk should be boiled and cooled.
14. Children can be allergic to just about anything, from food to clothing to cosmetics. Allergic reactions can become dangerous, depending on how bad it is. Find out what your child is allergic to and avoid giving it to your them.
15. Mosquito bites can disturb a child, causing allergic reactions, irritation, and skin eruptions. hey can also spread diseases such as malaria, yellow fever, and dengue. So be sure to use mosquito nets regularly. You can even ask your child’s doctor about using bug repellent for outdoors.
16. Babies and children need a good amount of sleep, so that they can be well-rested and healthy. So try to keep a calm and peaceful atmosphere for your child as they sleep.
17. Always take notice to your child’s development in their age, such as their growth language, behavioral, motor, and more. Everyone is different, including child. So if you notice any slight variations, do not worry. You just want to be sure that your child is developing with no problems.
18. Measure your child’s height and weight from time to time, to keep track of their growth and make sure there are no problems.
19. An infant may have a bowel movement after every feeding in their early months of life. As they go from an infant to a toddler, you should begin to potty train them. You can place them on the toilet seat by ten months, but a lot of children learn when they are older. When exactly your child will learn will depend on the child. Each child is different and the age of learning to potty train will vary.
20. Wipe down the toilet seat or potty seat with an antiseptic liquid before and after each use. If your child has their own potty seat, then it should not be shared by any other children.
21. Always watch and pay close attention to the baby. You call the baby’s doctor if he or she shows any signs of the following:
– Frequent vomiting and diarrhea.
– Stiffness of neck.
– A fever with rigor.
– Distress (such as excessive crying).
– Bluish discoloration.
22. Always keep a first aid kit in the baby’s room, just incase you need it for any reason. This first aid kit should contain the following items:
– Materials for dressing wounds.
– Sterile cotton.
– Antiseptic lotion.
23. Keep a book of important phone numbers, such as the doctors, police, ambulance, poison control, and the phone numbers of family, friends, or babysitters whom you would call in the case of an emergency.
24. Keep the child’s medicine in it’s own kit or box, so that is does not get mixed in with any other medicine. This kit should also include information on how to give the child their medicine, how much to give, and so on.
25. When you are driving, be sure to always keep the baby in a proper car seat or booster seat. Which kind of seat your child can use will depend on their age and weight. Be sure it is securely strapped into the car the way it should be (there should be instructions included with the seat).
26. Keep a card with your phone number (both cell phone and home phone) and address in your baby or child’s pocket when you go out. This is incase they get lost, they will have the information for returning your child to you safely.
27. When the baby starts to walk, take the precautions to keep them safe. Accompany them so you can prevent falling or injuries. Keep anything out of their reach that can be harmful to them. Always remember to use baby gates and close doors to the areas they should not be in.
28. If there is an emergency, administer first aid and take your child to the nearest hospital. It may be hard, but try to keep a cool head and try not to panic.
There you go, child safety tips to help you keep your child safe and healthy as much as you possibly can. You may have your own set of child safety tips to add to this list. Just remember to always do your best to keep your little one safe and sound, because they are just too important to not protect!