Safety Tips

When To Call A Doctor?

These are some of the conditions of when to call your doctor or seek help right away if your child has the following:

  1. Bleeding that will not stop
  2. Trouble breathing
  3. Blood noted in the urine or stool
  4. Coughing up or throwing up blood
  5. Persistent diarrhea and no urination for 6 hours
  6. Soft spot in the babies head is bulging or sunken
  7. Pain in the ear
  8. Liquid ,pus, blood coming out from the child’s ear
  9. Difficulty with swallowing or will not eat
  10. Fever of 100.4 degrees rectal if the baby is less than 2 months old

Safety Tips

Some of the things to do to keep your child safe

1. What can I do to prevent broken bones?

  • Never leave a young child unattended
  • Keep crib rails up to your baby’s chin at all times
  • Do not use a walker. Your baby can tip over or crash through a safety gate
  • Put safety locks on your windows. Your child can open a window and fall out

2. What can I do to prevent burns?

  • Keep matches and lighters away from children
  • Put smoke detectors in all bedrooms and the hallway. Test them every 4-6 months
  • Get a fire extinguisher for your home
  • Teach your child to stop, drop to the ground and roll if their clothes catch on fire
  • Set your water heater at 120 degrees F
  • Make the bath water isn’t too hot by feeling it (not using floating thermometer)
  • Keep child away from the stove, irons, and curling irons. Turn off and unplug these things when not in use
  • Turn pot handles away so your child can’t grab them
  • Never hold your child while drinking a hot liquid
  • Never hold your child while cooking by the stove
  • Never heat your child’s bottle or food in the microwave. Some parts can be too hot.

3. What can I do to prevent choking?

  • Babies and young children can choke on some foods like: popcorn ,gum, Grapes, hotdogs, Small candies (M & M), Peanuts, Raisins, Vegetable raw
  • Do not give the child anything to eat that is Small, hard and round
  • Cut their food to very small pieces
  • Teach them to chew well
  • Check all toys for small parts that can be pulled out
  • Children can also choke on these items: Coins, cherry pits, small batteries, seeds
  • Do not give young children toys with parts that can pass through a roll of toilet paper
  • Check your baby’s pacifier for cracks and breaks. Replace it every 2-3 months
  • Teach your child to put food only in the mouth

4. What can I do to prevent drowning?

  • Do not leave water in pails, empty baby pools when not in use
  • Always close toilet lid and put a latch on it
  • Never leave your child alone near water
  • Put fences around bodies of water ( pools, pond, spas)
  • Teach your child over 4 how to swim
  • Teach child not to go near water alone and to always swim with an adult

5. What can I do to prevent poisonings?

  • Medications should have childproof caps
  • Store all medications/vitamins out of child’s reach
  • Never tell children that medications are candy
  • Read instructions before giving your child medicine
  • Store all cleaning products /poison locked in cabinets
  • Keep things in the bottles they came in and not in food jars or bottles
  • Do not let your child peel off old paint and eat it
  • Never mix cleaning products , it can give off a poison gas which can make your child really sick

6. What can I do to prevent head injuries?

  • Always put a helmet on your child for certain Sports like biking, rollerblading, skateboarding, and scootering
  • Put you child in the back seat. It is the safest place.
  • Always put your child in a car seat or seat belt
  • If you have a passenger air bag , never put your child in the front seat
  • The car seat you use depends on your child’s age. (Check with your doctor /nurse)
  • Never leave your child in a high place where he or she can fall
  • Place a gate to keep your child away from steps
  • Locks all doors that lead to steps
  • Never hit or shake your baby. Shaking can hurt or even kill you baby

Other things I can do to keep my child safe:

  • Never leave your child alone in a car
  • Put the baby to sleep on his or her back, not on the stomach
  • Do not put pillows or any soft items in your baby’s crib
  • Never put your baby to sleep on a waterbed
  • Keep baby way from things that they can pull like hanging cords, drapes
  • Keep all cords away from children
  • Cover all electric outlets
  • Teach children to never touch electric appliances while touching water
  • Store sharp things away from children
  • Cover all sharp corners on furniture