Safety for Children- Newborn

By: Janey Madden and Sydney Terrill

Choking Prevention

  • Supervise your baby when he or she is eating or playing.
  • Children under five should not eat small, round, or hard foods.
  • Parents should learn CPR
  • Check toys for small parts, or other potential choking hazards.
  • Keep an eye on small game pieces.

Fall Prevention

  • Keep babies strapped in when using high chairs, infant carriers, swings and strollers.
  • Secure furniture and tvs to prevent tip-overs.
  • Properly install window guards to prevent unintentional window falls.
  • Use approved safety gates at the tops and bottoms of stairs and attach them to the wall, if possible.
  • If you are placing your child in a shopping cart seat, use a harness or safety belt.

Fire Safety

  • Create and practice a home fire escape plan.
  • Designate one person to get infants out safely.
  • Remember to keep space heaters at least 3ft. away from anything that can burn.
  • Don't hold a baby while carrying anything hot or while cooking.
  • Avoid plugging several electrical cords into the same socket.

Medication safety

  • Put all medicines up and away and out of sight including your own.
  • Close medicine caps up tightly after every use.
  • Use dosing device that comes with the medicine.
  • Educate grandparents. 38% of ER visits involving medicine poisoning, the medicine belonged to a grandparent.
  • Be alert to visitors' medicine.

Swimming Safety

  • Remember to always use waterproof diapers and change them frequently.
  • Learn CPR.
  • When using inflatable or portable pools, remember to empty them immediately after use.
  • Never leave your child unattended around water.

Sleep Safety

  • Lay your baby on his or her back to reduce the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome!
  • A firm matteress covered with a tight-fitting crib sheet is all you need to make your baby... sleep like a baby.
  • If you are worrried about your baby keeping warm, try using a sleepsack.
  • Babies should not sleep on soft surfaces like beds, sofas, etc.