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- first things first get all the poisonous substances(detergent, bathroom cleaners...) and put on higher ground (so children can not reach)
- make sure the sharp edges of the tables and corners are protected by edge bumpers
- door stops and door holders are essential
- do not put the cribs close to the blinds with the strings hanging, babies can get strangulated on these cords
- smoke detectors (make sure you have one at each level of the house)
- all swimming pools at home should be gated accordingly adhering to the federal standards
- safety latches and locks (especially for the kitchen and the bathroom cabinets and drawers)
- safety gates (preferably the ones that screws on the walls)
- window guards(bars in guard should not be more than 4 inches apart)-make sure you have a window that can be used as a fire escape
- outlet covers (make sure you get the ones that the child can not remove)
- carbon monoxide detectors
- when you visit someone or when you have visitors, make sure all the purses are out of reach (they can have a different kinds of medications in their purse that you do not want your child to get into)
Once everything is in place the last thing you need to do is get down on your knees and crawl all over the house to see what else your child might be interested in to get to it and do something to make your house safe. Try to do the childproofing of your house as early as 4-6 months of age and re-evaluate every few months to see if it is still effective protection according to your child's developmental stage. Remember children can outgrow the way you childproof your house. Re-evaluate from time to time.
What are the signs and symptoms of a mild head injury?
- child crying but consolable
- minor scalp swelling
- minor cut or laceration of the scalp
- mild headaches
- vomiting 2 to 3 times
What are signs and symptoms of a potential serious injury?
- crying non-stop and inconsolable
- on feeling the scalp area you might feel a cracking sound there might be a fracture
- blood or clear fluid coming from the nose or ears
- obvious serious wound i.e. a big laceration or swelling
- loss of consciousness
- vomiting more than 2-3 times after the injury
- changes in behavior such as increased sleepiness, agitation, confusion or sluggishness
- headaches are getting worse
Call you doctor or 911 if you see any of the signs and symptoms of a potential serious injury.
Prevention is the Key:
- avoid letting your baby sleep on the bed (they tend to roll over and fall), I can not but emphasize this so many times but still a lot of the parents are letting toddlers/infants sleep with them.
- do not use walkers (they become a little more mobile than what their development can handle so they tend to pull on things resulting in furniture falling on them), they tend to fall on steps (it is actually a good thing here in Arizona that we mostly have 1 story houses with no basements)
- childproof the house
- can not emphasize more the need for close adult supervision ( the most important tool is prevention) but sometimes those babies are pretty quick just a few seconds that you do not look at them, accidents happen.