BABYPROOF YOUR HOME
Bijal Shrivastava gives you childcare tips
It was a sunday. A four-year-old came with a bleeding little finger as it had come between the doors. It was a badly injured finger for which he was immediately operated upon and sadly, the finger had to be amputated. This is one example of the many incidents that occur in children. Childhood accidents are increasing and maximum take place at home, the one place where they are supposed to be safe. Curious toddlers who want to touch and explore everything can inadvertently create havoc in a home. Some parents are content with the chaos. But it only takes an off-balance baby falling down the stairs once before the safety mind-set sets in. Most accidents are completely avoidable and taking certain preventive measures to childproof your home can go a long way in saving your little one from mishaps. 1. Less than two years old, especially infants, should not sleep on a single bed with their parents, and should preferably sleep in a crib. 2. Loose covers, pillows, plastic bags shouldn’t be around children as they may get choked. 3. When tots crawl, they can’t be left unattended for even a second, as they may fall down and suffer grievous head injuries. They may even go over the surrounding pillows. 4. When they start walking and running, be careful of wet floors. Socks can be slippery, so make sure your tot is not wearing one when he is walking around. 5. Doors’ edges and furniture’s sharp ends should be cushioned, and the closure of the doors should not be complete. 6. Electric plugs should have a protective cover plate so that children cant put their fingers inside it. 7. Toys should not be strewn around the floor. 8. The furniture at home should be fixed. The movable ones increase the risk of injury. Also, do not place the sofa, chairs, and beds near the window. Besides, there should be a grill on all windows. 9. Be careful that they don’t stick their head out in between the window grills. 10. Always keep the fridge, cupboards, and closets locked, or your tot can get locked in. 11. Never leave them alone in bathrooms and bathtubs. 12. Avoid toys with sharp edges or loose parts or objects which they can aspirate on. 13. Foreign body aspirations are very common with coins, nuts, seeds, marbles, buttons, pins, balloons, balls, popcorns, and small ornaments, so keep them beyond their reach. 14. Lock cabinets which contain tablets and syrups, cleaning liquids, detergents, and insect repellents. 15. Be extra careful while giving them a bath as the hot water can burn their skin. Make it a practice to check the temperature of the water with your elbows. All these precautions also need to be taken in parental absence, means the caretakers such as a nanny, babysitters, older siblings, grandparents also need to know these preventive safety measures. Always leave your number and an emergency medical care number with them when you are not around.