KEEP­ING YOUR CHILD SAFE AT HOME

Your home is the heart­beat of your fam­ily, but the place where we feel most safe and se­cure can still hold po­ten­tial dan­gers – from poi­sonous sub­stances to high­volt­age elec­tric­ity. In the sec­ond of a three-part se­ries on child safety, Babyshop ex­plains ho

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It’s where we spend our most pre­cious times with our fam­ily, but the home is full of po­ten­tial haz­ards for lit­tle ones. Even though we try our ut­most to keep our ba­bies out of dan­ger, there is al­ways some­thing that could trip them up or harm them.

While we might have locked away medicines and are care­ful to make sure chil­dren keep away from hot ob­jects, there are sharp ta­ble cor­ners, un­guarded elec­tri­cal sock­ets and poi­sonous wash­ing de­ter­gents to con­tend with.

As we jug­gle our busy lives, it’s best to baby-proof our home so we can re­lax and en­joy our chil­dren.

So what can we do? In the sec­ond in­stal­ment of our se­ries on child safety, Babyshop will show you how to make your home safe.

Af­ter all, we don’t want our chil­dren to be­come an­other shock­ing statistic. Last year, a re­port by Abu Dhabi Health Author­ity re­vealed that 72 per cent of all in­juries to chil­dren in 2012 hap­pened in the home.

Ba­bies and chil­dren un­der four are most at risk as they are in­quis­i­tive and want to ex­plore their sur­round­ings. That’s why keep­ing our chil­dren safe is a top pri­or­ity for par­ents in the UAE, with nine out of 10 par­ents tak­ing pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures at home*, with child su­per­vi­sion scor­ing top of the list.

Let’s face it. No par­ent can watch their child ev­ery sec­ond of

ev­ery day and dis­trac­tions do hap­pen. We’ve all been there – a pan sud­denly boil­ing over or an un­ex­pected phone call we have to take. It only takes a sec­ond for dis­as­ter to hap­pen.

But by com­bin­ing com­mon sense and good su­per­vi­sion with some help­ful prod­ucts, par­ents can re­duce the like­li­hood of an ac­ci­dent in the home.

Babyshop has come up with ways to make your home safer. It car­ried out a sur­vey to dis­cover the key safety con­cerns for par­ents. Safety on bal­conies was the overwhelming big­gest worry (72 per cent) with poi­son­ing sec­ond (60 per cent).

Even seem­ingly in­nocu­ous things like ta­bles, cab­i­nets and stairs are po­ten­tially dan­ger­ous. But sim­ply by in­stalling Babyshop’s soft cor­ner cush­ions (from Dh22), locks on cup­boards (from Dh17) and fridges (from Dh15), and safety gates (from Dh349), we can keep our chil­dren safer, with dan­ger stay­ing out of reach.

So while all this may sound ter­ri­fy­ing, the good news is most ac­ci­dents are pre­ventable through in­creased aware­ness, en­hanc­ing the home en­vi­ron­ment and in­tro­duc­ing spe­cific safety prod­ucts to help you worry less.

Falls

Falls are the most com­mon cause of ac­ci­dents in the home in the UK, ac­count­ing for 44 per cent of all child ac­ci­dents. When you con­sider that many people here in the UAE live in high-rise apart­ments, the dan­gers are even greater. In­juries from fall­ing down stairs, bump­ing into ta­bles and slips in the bath cause the ma­jor­ity of in­juries.

Win­dow locks, stair guards and safety gates, avail­able at Babyshop, can help pre­vent these ac­ci­dents. Locks and fas­ten­ers can be at­tached to ex­ist­ing win­dows and doors and slip-proof bath mats pre­vent falls at bath time.

Burns and scalds

Young chil­dren’s skin is thin­ner and they can suf­fer se­ri­ous burns more eas­ily than adults. Hot drinks cause most scalds to un­der fives, while hot bath wa­ter is re­spon­si­ble for many se­vere or even fa­tal scalds to ba­bies and tod­dlers. A bath ther­mome­ter makes sure bath time is safe. Burns from ovens and mi­crowaves are com­mon too. Babyshop of­fers easy-to-use locks, in­clud­ing an oven lock (from Dh12), and a mul­ti­pur­pose ap­pli­ance lock that can be used on re­frig­er­a­tors, dish­wash­ers and mi­crowaves.

Poi­son­ing and elec­tro­cu­tion

High on the list of parental con­cerns in the UAE, most poi­son­ing ac­ci­dents in­volve medicines, house­hold prod­ucts or cos­met­ics. Keep these out of reach and use spe­cial cup­board locks.

Even though most clean­ing prod­ucts and medicines come with safety caps de­signed to pro­tect chil­dren, they can’t be re­lied on. Chil­dren’s cu­ri­ous lit­tle fin­gers are likely to find their way into elec­tric­ity sock­ets, too – and if the switch is live, this can end in se­ri­ous in­jury or even death. Socket cov­ers (from Dh15) from Babyshop are yet an­other cheap and easy-to-use so­lu­tion to keep your pre­cious ones safe.

It’s al­ways a good idea for par­ents to read up on first aid, or at­tend a short course to be fully pre­pared if the un­think­able oc­curs.

By us­ing sim­ple meth­ods of child­proof­ing the house, par­ents not only save their lit­tle ones from any do­mes­tic haz­ard, but are able to en­joy their chil­dren’s early years free of worry. Now that’s a win-win for any par­ent!

Door stopper

Oven lock

Socket cov­ers

Cor­ner cush­ion

Cup­board lock

Cab­i­net lock

Fridge lock

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