Once children learn what it means to be mobile, they never stop moving. They are curious about their environment, and every parent wants to see that delight and awe in the face of their child discovering the world around them. Curious, mobile children are at increased risk of injury, so it is essential that the home is safe.
We do not always see the potential dangers in everyday items until we see it from the perspective of a child. Getting down to their level on the floor can be an eye-opening experience. Electrical wires, sharp edges and tripping hazards are everywhere just waiting to injure an exploring child.
Children have sensitive skin. What might seem moderately warm to us can be scalding hot to a small child. The kitchen and bathroom are two places that are known for their potential safety hazards. Even adults can be injured in the kitchen and bathroom, so it is especially important that mobile, little ones are supervised closely. It is better to keep the home free of anything that could injure a small child.
To reduce the risk of burns from scalding, hot bath water, the water temperature should be reduced at the water heater. The best temperature for the water is 120 degrees.
The kitchen is extremely hazardous because of the various ways a child could get hurt. Pots and pans used during cooking should be kept away from the edges of the stove. It is best to use the back burners. Make sure the handles are turned in towards the stove. Toddlers can pull handles and dump boiling liquids down onto themselves.
Most cleaning products are kept in the kitchen. Chemicals can burn little ones. Put chemicals in high, out of the way spots that children can’t reach.
Rest of the Home
Electrical outlets can create shocks and burns for small children. Use outlet covers, but be sure little hands cannot yank on wires.
Irons and curling irons can get extremely hot. They can give us very painful burns. Imagine what they could do to sensitive baby skin. Space heaters have coils that get so hot that they glow bright orange. Keep these hazards away from children. Use irons and curling irons in a room that roaming toddlers do not have access, and then put them away as soon as possible. Space heaters should not be used in the home at all with an exploring child.
2. Drowning Prevention
When a child starts exploring the home, baby gates should be used to cordon off areas of the home that could be extremely dangerous. It only takes an inch of water and a few unsupervised moments for a child to drown. Babies and toddlers have heads that are heavier than the rest of their bodies, so when they topple over into the water, they cannot easily get up from that position. If parents do not wish to use baby gates, there are toilet safety locks and safety door locks for the bathroom. Parents should never leave a child alone around water especially backyard pools even if the pool has fencing and a locked gate to prevent the child from gaining access.
3. Choking and Suffocation Hazards
The home should be checked frequently for small, hard objects that pose a choking risk to a young child. Marbles, coins and buttons are just a few of the things that could get stuck in a child’s throat and block their airway.
Toddlers should not eat hard candy, raw carrot pieces or grapes. Anything that looks like it could block a child’s throat should not be given to them.
Make sure any toys are age-appropriate. The toys should not have small parts that can break off and choke a small child. When choosing stuffed toys, make sure there are no buttons or eyes that can be swallowed.
Children can suffocate from plastic bags covering their mouths. Remove and immediately discard plastic wrappings from purchases like the film that covers pillows bought from the store. The plastic bags that are used during grocery shopping should be thrown out right away too.
All window blind ties should be kept out of reach of small children since they pose a strangulation risk.
It is inevitable that small children just learning to walk will take a tumble. It is essential to avoid having them tumble onto objects that would cause serious injury. The edges of low tables, the corners of a fireplace and the sharp edge of a display case can cause serious injuries to the soft head of a toddler. It might seem impossible to keep a child completely safe from a fall, but using safety equipment made especially for corners and hard surfaces will save a fall from becoming a serious accident.
At the top and bottom of stairs, baby gates should be used to keep a toddler from gaining access to and falling down the stairs. Falling from that kind of distance is bound to result in a serious trauma.
Parental supervision will go a long way towards keeping a child safe, but it is impossible to keep an exploring child out of the risk of danger unless steps are taken to baby-proof the home before the child starts exploring.
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