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Infants should be positioned on their backs to reduce the
possibility of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Babies
should also never use a pillow or abundant loose bedding
that could cause smothering.
Once an infant starts to crawl it's time to childproof the
house. Infants will develop extremely quickly so now is the
time to get down on their level and look for any possible
All electrical outlets should be capped to prevent the
growing infant from electrocution.
Baby walkers are a great way for infants to get not only
exercise but stimulation. Infants should be under constant
supervision from a caregiver while using these wheeled
Many normal household items will now pose a hazard to your
infant. Any item that protrudes at head level, for example
could result in a collision injury.
Items that allow the infant to smash his hands or fingers
are also potential dangers. They should be removed or
guarded with soft edges.
Once mobile either by crawling or in a walker it is very
important to securely gate the top and bottom of each
Many seemingly safe objects can become hazards to an
infant. Consider the phone cord illustrated below. The
cord could not only cause entanglement and strangulation
but could also be pulled causing the phone to fall on top
of your child. Look carefully around your household and
try to eliminate anything that could cause an infant to be
harmed. Cords from blinds should be tied up to prevent
infants from entanglement. Contact 1-800-506-4636 for a
free cord safety kit.
Bouncing seats are a fun filled exercise giving activity.
Look closely and it is easy to see that play in these fun
toys must also be monitored very closely. Some infants
like to lean their heads back causing a possible collision
with the hard door frame. One creative suggestion that
would allow continued bouncing is to attach padding to the
door frame to prevent injury to the infants head or
Infants can choke on almost anything they can fit in their
mouths. It is highly recommended that all parents and care
givers get professional first aid as well as CPR training.
Infants should only be given soft foods to reduce the risk
Blenderize table foods
Once your infant is ready for solid foods an alternative
to store bought baby food is to blenderize table food.
Please be sure to only introduce one new food every three
days. This way if the baby has an allergic reaction the
problem food can be easily identified.
Although seemingly harmless, household plants can be not
only very poisonous but also very attractive to an infant.
Please keep all plants out of reach. The poison control
emergency contact number and syrup of ipecac should be
Infants toys are usually specially designed to be safe and
stimulating. They are colorful and often textured. Please
note that some older children's toys may also be very
interesting but are not appropriate or safe for infants.
Some of these toys have sharp edges. Others have small
parts that could cause choking. In either case care givers
should completely check an infant's environment and remove
any potentially harmful items.
& Cabinet Locks
Baby proof locks should be mounted on all cabinet doors
and drawers. Household cleaning products are only a small
sample of the many poisons that must be secured to protect
Lead is a toxin long used in paint. Especially in older
dwellings care givers should make sure infants do not have
contact with lead paint. If lead paint is present it
should be removed or at the least painted over.
1) Burns are just one of the potential injuries infants
face. Look carefully at the above left image. Although not
immediately evident to some, this infant could be severely
burned by the instant hot water feature of this sink. Its a
good idea to set hot water heaters to a maximum of 120
degrees to prevent scalding
2)Heating an infants bottle in a microwave oven could cause
a portion of the liquid to reach scalding temperatures.
3) One recommendation to reduce burn injuries is to always
cook on the back burners and rotate pot and pan handles
towards the back of the stove. This way an infant or toddler
is less likely to pull the pot and contents onto themselves.
Infants love mirrors. This visual stimuli is also very
important for them. Please use only a baby safe mirror. No
sharp edges and only made from plastic or steel. Glass
mirrors that can break and cause injuries should never be
Many pets are fine with kids but even the friendliest pets
can knock over, or scratch an infant. Evaluate all pet
contact and try to foresee any potential problems. One
creative suggestion for families with cats that are over
friendly would be to put a screen over the infants crib.
This way the cat could not smother the infant while
The purpose of
this text is not to be a comprehensive guide on infant safety.
Rather, it is a group of suggestions that will hopefully encourage
the reader to think about and eliminate, all possible hazards that
an infant may encounter within the home. The end result or goal is
keeping infants safe.
Please note that proper safety
precautions were taken with each
photograph in this text. For example, the walker used has locks that
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