Keep your baby safe and prevent accidents

The arrival of a baby means the parents need to look at their home in a whole new light. Babies and young children are naturally curious and the parents will need to assess their home and the outdoors for lurking dangers. The parents should not wait until disaster strikes, instead think about safety for the new arrival in their home. With careful planning and a little equipment, they be prepared when the baby is ready to explore.

Using a specially designed car seat for the baby

Specially designed car seat for the baby are designed to allow the baby to sleep comfortably with his/her head and back supported. The baby's car seat will help to keep him/her safe while the parents are on the road. Check that the baby isn't too hot in his/her car seat, and take a layer of clothing off if needed. Never leave the baby sleeping in his/her car seat in the car. Make sure that that one of the parent, or an adult passenger, can see the baby at all times when they are travelling.

Making your home safe:

  • Falls are the most common causes of accidents in the home. Once the baby starts crawling, the parents also may also need a safety gate to keep her/him out of rooms which are off-limits.
  • Attach cushioned corner-and-edge protectors to coffee tables and desks. They may not prevent a fall but they can help lessen an injury.
  • Choose curtains and blinds without cords. If you do have them, tie cords high up and out of your child's reach.
  • Place colourful stickers on large areas of glass, such as sliding glass doors, to remind the child that the doors are there.
  • Parents may choose to use socket covers for electrical sockets anyway to help prevent the child from plugging in appliances that could be dangerous. However, it’s safer to keep appliances out of the reach of the child than to rely on socket covers.
  • Keep pens, scissors, letter openers, staplers, paper clips, and other sharp instruments in locked drawers.

General safety:

  • Smoke alarm - widely available and essential for every home.
  • Corner protectors - designed to cover sharp furniture corners and prevent bumped heads.
  • Door slam protectors - clip over the edge of doors to prevent them slamming on little fingers.
  • Glass safety film - can be stuck onto large sheets of glass to prevent them shattering into little pieces if broken.
  • Video lock - fits over the slot in your video, to stop chocolate biscuits and other foreign objects being jammed into it.
  • Temporary window locks - these cheap plastic locks only allow windows to be opened by a safe amount.
  • Tip: Mobile babies can be harmed by pills, pens, and other potentially fatal items that they pull from visitors' bags. Put guests' belongings out of reach as soon as they arrive.

Food Allergies:

Food allergies can be one of the biggest potential risks to baby safety. When you start solid food diet for the baby, it is very important to introduce one food item at a time. This would not only help keep the allergic reaction in check but also help the parents identify whether the bay has any in-born food allergies.

The following are the most allergenic foods:

  • Milk
  • Egg
  • Peanuts
  • Tree nuts (such as walnuts or almonds)
  • Fish
  • Shellfish
  • Soy
  • Wheat

One thing most experts do agree on is that breastfeeding offers some protection against allergies. Consider breastfeeding your baby as long as you can, especially if you have a family history of allergies.

Babies and pets:

Many pets are very open-minded about small children, but it's still important to be aware of the potential dangers to the baby. There are precautions one can take to keep the baby safe, especially once he/she is crawling and walking.

Dogs always need supervision when babies and children are around. No matter how trustworthy the pet may be, if a toddler is pulling its tail, or poking its eye, it may lose patience.

Vaccine Allergies:

Some babies with certain food allergies may be at higher risk for allergic reactions as a result of vaccines containing certain food proteins. Up to 8% of children suffer from food allergies, with egg being one of the most common foods to which children are allergic. Many routine childhood immunizations contain traces of egg protein or other food ingredients. As a result, there is the possibility that a child with food allergies will experience anaphylaxis (a severe allergic reaction) as a result of receiving a vaccination.

Our consultant pediatrician at The Cradle, Dr. Sumana Rao will be glad to share more inputs on the same. You can get in touch with her on 9845275484.