NOT-SO-OB­VI­OUS DAN­GERS

Your Baby & Toddler - - Baby Files -

Poi­sonous plants in the house and gar­den. Find out what you’re grow­ing, and get rid of what­ever’s poi­sonous.

Lawn dress­ing that might con­tain harm­ful pes­ti­cides. Ba­bies love to eat soil, so don’t let your baby play out­side im­me­di­ately af­ter fer­til­is­ing your gar­den.

Out­side play equip­ment (such as buck­ets and wheel­bar­rows) and dog bowls that have filled up with wa­ter af­ter it’s rained all pose a drown­ing risk.

Your car keys. Give your baby your keys to play with and he could press your re­mote, open the gate, and get out onto the road.

The wind. This can cause doors to slam and crush lit­tle fin­gers. Get doorstops just in case.

Rocks that hide un­der long grass. Just when you think it’s safe to play, some­thing sharp to fall on might be hid­ing un­der all that fo­liage.

Wash­ing ma­chines and tum­ble dri­ers. Th­ese are not for play­ing with or in. Kids can get trapped. Keep th­ese doors closed – al­ways.

Tooth­paste, if con­sumed in large amounts, can be dan­ger­ous and even lethal. Watch out for mouth­wash, nail pol­ish and per­fume too.

Some an­tique fur­ni­ture was painted us­ing lead-based paint (which is poi­sonous) and should be kept away from a baby, who can chew on the painted sur­face.

Shelves filled with books and heavy toys should never be placed above a baby’s cot in case it collapses onto your baby.

Boil­ing wa­ter in the drain. Don’t empty boil­ing wa­ter down the drain when your chil­dren might be out­side play­ing near or in the out­side drain. They will get burnt.

Re­cy­cling and reusing. Al­ways keep prod­ucts in their orig­i­nal con­tain­ers. Al­co­hol or de­ter­gents de­canted into an old plas­tic juice bot­tle, for ex­am­ple, could lead to a fa­tal mix-up.

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