Do you know how to keep your child safe when you're in the house? Here are some child safety tips for the home
Keeping your child safe when you're at home is a huge issue for all parents. But did you know there are some simple steps you can take to ensure your children are safe in your house?
It's out and about month and we've been looking at great tips for getting everyone outside. Now here's a guest post from Daisy First Aid with some simple but effective child safety tips for the home, from common poisons (ones that we bet you all have these in your kitchen) through to blind cord safety and avoiding burns.
Child safety tips: poisons
Where do you keep your washing tablets and cleaning products?
If the answer is under your sink then please STOP to read this post.
Washing tablets, these wonderfully pretty coloured gems do wonders for getting our littles ones clothes lovely and clean BUT... they can be so incredibly dangerous to babies and children.
To a small child, gel or liquid washing detergent capsules look a lot like sweets or toys – all soft, shiny, squidgy and brightly coloured. But if you swallow one, bite into one or even pop it in your hands, you risk poisoning or serious burns to the skin, eyes and throat.
It's thought over 100 children a year are taken to hospital after biting or swallowing gel capsules used in washing machines and dishwashers. That's why all of us parents should avoid leaving detergent capsules under the sink or anywhere else within a child's reach.
Kitchen cupboards should have safety locks on or handles can be lassoed together with a hair or elastic band.
Always seek medical advice if your baby or child does come into contact with a liquid or gel detergent.
Child safety tips: burns
Did you know a baby’s skin is 15 times thinner than an adults, so they can get badly burnt. Keep items like hair straighteners, kettles, saucepan handles and hot food and drinks out of reach of little hands. Young children don’t have the reflex to pull away from something that is burning them, it’s something we learn.
Internal burns from the lithium in coin cell batteries can burn through a child and lead to serious internal bleeding. Keep objects with these batteries secure and spare’s should be kept in a safe place.
Child safety tips: blind cords
Research indicates that most accidental deaths involving blind cords happen in the bedroom and occur in children between 16 months and 36 months old, with the majority (more than half) happening at around 23 months.
These toddlers who are mobile, but their heads still weigh proportionately more than their bodies compared to adults and their muscular control is not yet fully developed, which makes them more prone to be unable to free themselves if they become entangled.
In addition, toddlers’ windpipes have not yet fully developed and are smaller and less rigid than those of adults and older children. This means that they suffocate far more quickly if their necks are constricted.
Toddlers can be strangled quickly and quietly by looped cords with carers in close proximity, potentially unaware of what is happening. It can take only 20 seconds for a toddler to die from strangulation if they get tangled in a blind cord.
Make sure all looped blind cords are tied up and secured high up, well out of the way of children. Invest in safety devices that tie these to the wall, or blinds that don't use long or looped cords.
Child safety tips: drowning
Most babies or children who drown, drown at home in the bath or in the garden. Did you know babies can drown in as little as 5cm of water. Always supervise your children in bath or paddling pool and empty water after use. Fence off ponds and when out and about be aware of streams. ditches and even buckets of water and toilets.
Some small actions that we all do everyday can stop accidents. Prevention is always the better than having to deal with an accident or emergency.
Thanks to Daisy First Aid for the guest post. If you’d like to learn basic first aid to help protect your children please contact Daisy First Aid to arrange one of their multi award winning classes.