Home Sweet Home … Or Is It?

As an ER nurse and mother of 3 boys, I’ve experienced first-hand an absurd amount of pediatric accidents. Unfortunately, many were preventable with proper child proofing.

There isn’t 100% fool-proof method to prevent childhood injuries, but here is a list of home safety tips. I hope it helps you modify your home and lifestyle as needed.

  • Do monthly checks of your home. Check every room. Crawl on the floor — at your child’s eye level.
  • If an object/toy can fit through a toilet paper roll, it’s too small for any child under 3 years old.
  • Remove strings and ties from your child’s clothing. They can easily get caught on many things.
  • Window blind cords should be cut and tied off and out of reach of children.
  • Set up an escape route for your home. Practice it every couple of months. Have a meeting place outside.
  • Lock guns and bullets in two separate places.
  • Never tell a child that medicine is candy.
  • Don’t keep any medicines in your purse. Your child may find them when searching for gum or a toy.
  • Don’t leave alcoholic drinks within a little one’s reach.
  • Keep cleaners and other chemicals out of your child’s reach. Not under the sink.
  • Never leave your child unattended when he or she is awake.
  • When cooking, turn pot handles toward the back of the stove.
  • Set the temperature of your household water heater below 120° F.
  • Use the sink when mopping floors. Buckets of water left unattended present a potential drowning hazard.
  • Enjoy, love and cherish your child. More importantly, keep them safe. They rely on the caregivers to protect them.

Remember accidents do happen. That is why they are called accidents!  Don’t be too hard on yourself or your spouse if an accident occurs. Parenting is a life long learning process. The important thing is that your there for each other and your precious offspring.

CPR Certification or Recertification
Before your baby was born, many parents took the infant/toddler CPR certification course. You may not feel that you need to keep your certification up-to-date annually, but are you comfortable that you remember the techniques learned in the course? Have you been practicing for an emergency? It’s important to keep this vital information fresh in your mind. If you’re interested in taking a refresher course or you haven’t taken a course yet, contact Beaumont’s Information Service at (800) 633-7377.

Also, if you have an at home caregiver or parent who is with your children frequently, you might want to ask them to take the course, too. Courses are available through Beaumont for infant and child safety, and adult safety.

– Linda E. Reetz, R.N., B.S.N.

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