Two year old Ryan was playing in the living room with his mother. There was a knock on the door and his mother went to check .When mother went out to open door ,little one found perfect time to swallow small plastic ring of the toy. And then everyone in house has to rush Ryan to doctor. This kind of accidents can happen with anyone, anywhere.
Children till age of 4 years are more prone to these kind of accidents at home or outdoor. As children aren’t aware of harm parents have to be always attentive towards them. Distraction for few minutes can also cause an accident with children and they can get hurt, choke, fall down.And as said “Precautions are always better than cure” prepare your house child safe. Some extra attention and care can prevent these types of accidents. Make your home child proof to avoid any of such accidents.
#1. Kitchen Safety :
Kitchen is place more prone to accidents as it has many things which can cause harm to children. Store knives /scissors /peelers at unreachable place. Turn off gas buttons /electronic device buttons after using them. After cooking food in the kitchen store all food on table or higher place where your toddler can’t reach. As toddlers/small children may get burnt with hot food. Make sure all electronic devices like microwave /grinder are at higher places as children may try switching on these devices. Use child locks for refrigerator ,kitchen trolleys , and cupboards for locking purpose.
#2. Bathrooms safety :
Store household chemicals like cleaning solutions , washing powder, disinfectants , and mosquito liquids on higher shelf where kids can’t reach. As these chemicals are harmful for children. Keep doors of bathrooms always closed so that kid can’t enter and start playing with water, taps, and toiletries.
There are many incidents when kids swallow medicines accidently. To avoid this always keep all the medicines in house out of child’s reach. Medicines like tablets can be swallowed considering candies and colourful syrups can become juice for kids.
#4. Safety gates :
Children keep on running and to stop them going out of house or on stairs use safety gates. Especially to staircases ,doors which open in balcony or outdoor corridor , main door. Baby gates are available in market which is of baby height. And it can remove after its use as well.
Try to cover all the electric switch points at home. Kids may try to insert their fingers or toys in switches which is very dangerous. There are safety switches available in market which can be used to cover all unused switches.
#5. Electronic devices:
Take extra care while ironing, making juices using mixer/blender. Don’t keep iron unattended while using it.Keep electronic appliances at high place always.
If living in apartments, don’t let child play alone in balcony. If want to use balcony make sure child is accompanied by someone elder and balcony is having safe railing. Kids like to climb and observe surroundings from balcony.
#6. Furniture safety :
Seal lower drawers with tape if not in use as kids may use it to climb up on furniture. Also cover all furniture corners with soft blocks to avoid injuring from it. Never keep small objects like hair clips ,ear rings, rubbers, screws ,and buttons in lower drawers of furniture/small tables ,which can be easily swallowed by baby.
Toys shouldn’t have small removable parts which can be swallowed. Also toys should be of good quality, plastic and colours. Pick toddlers, infants toys carefully. Prefer BPA free plastic material toys. Low quality toys may harm kids as they may put toys in mouth.
8. Don’t keep toddlers on bed /chair/table unattended for any reason, as toddlers may try to get down and fall from it. Always make child play on the floor as it will help avoid falling. Use foam mats/mattress on floor and place toddlers on it for play time. These mats are very soft and anti-skidding so it helps to avoid from falling.
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