Hospitality Health ER, a community-centric ER in Tyler, Texas is raising awareness around baby safety this month. Baby safety starts the moment you get pregnant, from Zika prevention to eliminating alcohol while pregnant. Then, of course, there are all of the precautions you should take once the baby gets here. As we observe National Baby Safety Month in September, we’d like to highlight some safety tips to prevent infant injuries and accidents.
3 Baby Safety Tips from the Docs at Hospitality Health ER in Tyler
#1 Safeguard Your Kitchen to Keep Your Baby Safe
There are many safety pitfalls in the kitchen. Knives, hot pots, and breakable dishes should be placed far out of reach of your baby. Babies should not be carried while you are cooking to avoid burns. Cabinets should have child-proof locks. Because family members easily become neglectful when multitasking or rushing, you should always keep an eye out for baby dangers.
#2 Safety proof Your Nursery
Your nursery should be a safe and secure environment for your child to sleep and explore. Make sure your crib mattress fits snugly within the crib to prevent your baby from getting trapped beneath the mattress. To lower the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (or SIDS), only use fitted mattress sheets and avoid putting loose blankets in the crib. Get rid of small toys, cords, or any other items that are choking hazards. Keep furniture away from windows.
#3 Put Your Baby’s Safety First in Mind Whenever You Leave Home
Make sure your baby seat is installed per manufacturer’s instructions and that you follow state guidelines. This includes keeping your child rear-facing until the age of two. When using a stroller, make sure you apply the brakes whenever you need to stop and let go of the stroller. Rather than hanging heavy bags or purses from the stroller handle, use the storage bin beneath the stroller to prevent the stroller from tipping over.
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