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Babies and Sunscreen

April 30, 2015

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When is it OK for a baby to wear sunscreen?

Sunscreen is OK to use on babies 6 months or older. Younger babies should use other forms of sun protection. Consider these guidelines from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Food and Drug Administration and the American Cancer Society:

  • For babies 6 months or older. If your baby is 6 months or older, liberally use sunscreen. Also, avoid exposing your baby to the sun during peak hours — generally 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — and dress your baby in protective clothing, a hat with a brim and sunglasses.
  • For babies younger than 6 months. If your baby is younger than 6 months, keep him or her out of direct sunlight. Protect your baby from sun exposure by dressing him or her in protective clothing, a hat with a brim and sunglasses.

When choosing baby sunscreen, pick a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more. Apply sunscreen generously, and reapply every two hours — or more often if your baby is spending time in the water or perspiring.

To avoid irritating your baby’s skin and eyes, consider using a sunscreen that contains only inorganic filters, such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Avoid using products that combine sunscreen and the insect repellent DEET, since sunscreen must be regularly reapplied and insect repellent typically doesn’t need to be reapplied.

Remember, just a few serious sunburns can increase your baby’s risk of skin cancer later in life. Taking simple steps now can go a long way toward protecting your baby from the risks of sun exposure.

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Should You Watch Over Your Tween Online?

April 16, 2015

How to walk the fine line between giving them personal space and keeping them safe.
Originally posted on WebMD Magazine

In the early 1980s, in the evening after dinner, you could often find my 11-year-old self looking for privacy under my father’s desk — the looped phone cord stretched taut — talking to one of my girlfriends, Jenny, Amy, or Caitlin.

What we talked about — crushes, clothes, classes — is much like what our daughters are “talking” about today. But they’re doing it with their fingers as they engage in text messaging, IMs, taking and sending photos, and online chatting. And, like many parents I know, I often feel intimidated by these tools, even a touch afraid. Who might be trying to communicate with my kid? Will my children’s private texts and emails be forwarded? How exactly is IM used?

Nancy Willard, director of the Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use, says helping young people navigate these new social landscapes requires a rational head and engaged parenting. Willard is the author of Cyber-Safe Kids, Cyber-Savvy Teens: Helping Young People Learn to Use the Internet Safely and Responsibly. The good news is she believes the risk of predators and other dangers is wildly overestimated in the public’s imagination.

Teaching Your Kids Online Values

While it is true that many of today’s parents are “technological immigrants” — accommodating but not fully at home with new communication methods — Willard says the core values parents strive to teach children about social interactions remain the same: consideration, respect, and kindness.

Staying involved in your tween’s communications is step one, Willard says. “If your daughter is texting, you need to be one of the people she’s texting,” she says. By being in the mix, you are better situated to know whom your kids are communicating with and what they’re communicating about. And you will be more likely to be aware of a bullying text or an intrusive IM.

“It’s all about teachable moments,” Willard says. Help your children learn how to handle a bully’s email, just as you would offer them strategies for dealing with a bully on the school bus.

Another important element is to avoid overreacting if something goes wrong – for instance, if your child forwards a gossipy email or posts an inappropriate picture. “Your child needs to know that he or she can come to you and you’re going to work together to solve problems,” Willard says.

Three Digital Do’s for Parents

Think, then send.“The more embarrassing or damaging the material you post, the greater the likelihood it will spread widely,” Willard says. Parents need to teach kids not to write or type anything they wouldn’t say to someone face to face.

Face your own fear.Being hyper-concerned about kids’ texting and instant messaging can be dangerous. “Fear is interfering with the positive relationship we need to have between parents and kids to protect them,” Willard says. “It’s causing kids not to report because parents overreact.”

Get involved.“One time, some boys were sending my daughter sexually harassing messages,” Willard says. “I told her, ‘If you get a message from any of these people or about the situation, I need to see it so we can look at it and make sure you’re resolving it.'” When your child needs help negotiating a situation, be there.

Outdoor Winter Safety: Staying Safe During Winter Activities

January 12, 2015

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As the weather turns chilly, new dangers for kids are appearing; but these winter safety tips for children can help keep them safe, warm and healthy through the coldest months of the year.

Why Winter can be Dangerous

Winter weather can be dangerous in several ways. The dropping temperatures and wind chills create climatic hazards, while the general indoor lethargy of winter can create health hazards due to overeating and less activity. Winter sports, holiday gifts and winter nutrition also present unique hazards that parents should be aware of in order to safeguard their children’s health and well-being. With careful planning and supervision, however, children can enjoy the fun and freedom of playing indoors or outdoors on chilly winter days without substantial risk.
Not every type of winter hazard is applicable to every child, but understanding the basic risks and how to minimize them can help parents protect their children from the ravages of winter.

Playing Outside

The cold temperatures and biting winds are the most obvious hazards when children play in the snow. Children who are not prepared for winter climates can suffer frostbite, hypothermia and severe chills that can lead to illness, poor judgment and even permanent injury. To avoid the dangers of cold weather:

  • Dress in multiple layers to play outside, including extra layers for legs, feet and hands.
  • Always wear hats and gloves when playing outdoors in cold weather; the biggest proportions of body heat are lost through the head and hands.
  • Limit the amount of time spent playing outdoors to safe intervals, and bring children inside periodically to warm up.
  • Remove all wet clothing immediately and change to dry clothes if going back outdoors.
  • Wear sunscreen on all exposed skin to guard against burns from bright sunlight and snow glare.
  • Do not permit children to play outdoors in poor weather such as snowstorms, extreme cold or high winds.
  • Wear brightly colored outer clothing that is easily seen from a distance.
  • Do not dress children in winter wear with drawstrings – they can cut off circulation and make frostbite a greater threat, and loose drawstrings may present a strangulation hazard.
  • Teach children to avoid playing near snowplow areas.
  • Do not permit children to dig snow tunnels or forts that may collapse and bury them.
  • Avoid snowball fights that can lead to injuries from dangerous projectiles.
  • Keep roofs, gutters and awnings free from snow and icicle buildup that could collapse and injure a child. Similarly, do not permit children to pull icicles from the roof.
  • Teach children never to touch or lick exposed metal (fences, flagpoles, etc.) in winter.
  • Do not allow children to eat snow. It may contain pollutants, dirt, fecal matter or other contaminants, and the cold snow can chill a young child’s body to dangerous levels.
  • Regularly de-ice or sand sidewalks, driveways, patios and other areas where children may play.

Winter Sports

Winter sports can be a great way for children to stay active and enjoy colder temperatures, but each sport presents it own unique hazards. These winter safety tips for children can help them enjoy sports safely and comfortably.

  • Always use proper safety equipment and gear, including sports gogglesand helmets, while playing winter sports.
  • Engage in safe sports behavior such as following the rules of the game and eliminating horseplay that can lead to accidents and injuries.
  • Enroll children in lessons from a qualified professional for advanced winter sports such as figure skating, skiing and snowboarding to ensure they learn safe techniques.
  • Only play winter sports in safe, approved locations rather than using seemingly frozen ponds, unknown hillsides or other potentially dangerous locations.

Staying Healthy

The long days of winter often keep children indoors, which can lead to hours of inactivity. Furthermore, children are more likely to contract illnesses during the winter months because they are in more confined spaces. To stay healthy during the winter, consider these safety tips:

  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet that includes fruits and vegetables.
  • Teach children proper hand-washing techniques to kill germs and bacteria or use hand sanitizer if necessary.
  • Keep children home from school and other public places if they are sick.
  • Ask a pediatrician about the necessity for flu vaccines for young children.

Holiday Safety Tips

The holidays are a time of fun and excitement, but they can also be dangerous. Inappropriate toys, indulgent foods and unsafe decorations can create hazards that may cause injuries to children of all ages. These safety tips can help avoid the greatest risks:

  • Do not use “candy” style ornaments or holiday decorations that may fool young children.
  • Limit the amount of holiday sweets and treats children are allowed to eat.
  • Choose unbreakable ornaments for safe tree decorations, and be sure no ornaments are small enough to be swallowed.
  • Only give age-appropriate toys and gifts to children.
  • Check toy recall notices for any holiday gift items.

Heating Tips

The natural reaction to falling temperatures is to raise the heat, either through external, supplemental heaters or by turning on a fireplace or other open flames. These safety tips can keep away the winter chill without risk:

  • Keep candles, kerosene lamps, and other open flames out of reach of children at all times.
  • Do not put a space heater in a child’s room.
  • Teach children fire safety procedures, including how to spot potential hazards.
  • Do not allow children to play in fires such as roasting marshmallows in a fireplace.
  • Practice family fire drills to reinforce safe behavior.
  • Do not use electric blankets for young children.

In Conclusion

By following the proper winter safety tips for children, parents can ensure that their sons and daughters will be warm, happy, and safe during the coldest months of the year, and seeing them enjoy winter safely will warm any parent’s heart.

When A Child Gets Lost in Public

October 15, 2014

Originally posted here.

I took both of my boys to The Zoo by myself for the first time last week.  We had a wonderful time.  But, at one point of our trip, my 4 year old got too far away from me and a sea of people got in between us.  I could see him looking around for me with fear in his eyes.  I quickly darted between the crowd towards him and I saw his relief when he found me.

Then it hit me…I never talked about what to do if he ever got lost.  Total parent fail.

When Kids Get Lost in Public

He didn’t have one of those emergency contact tattoos or sheet of paper in his pocket with my phone number.

I’m not sure he’d be able to tell anyone my name.  He can sometimes remember my first name, but most of the time I’m just Mommy.

He has no idea who to talk to to ask for help, or where to go.

I totally failed at giving him the tools he would need if he was ever lost.

I used to safety plan with all of my clients when I was working as a therapist, so why didn’t it occur to me to do it with my own child?  I guess I just got complacent and didn’t think that MY child would ever get lost.  So silly…I know.

So I decided it was time for a little lesson.

How to prepare your child for being lost.

  1. Freeze:  If your child finds himself lost without his parent, teach him to freeze.  Remind him that you will be looking for him so he needs to stay where he is.
  2. Find a helper:  The best person for your child to look to for help is another mother with children.  Police officers are not always around, but everywhere you turn, there’s a Mom with kids.  And most mothers are more than willing to help out a lost child.
  3. What to say: When a child is lost, they are probably really scared and upset.  So, it’s important that they know what to say to that kind mother that they’ve found.  Teach them to say something simple like “I’m lost”, or “I can’t find my mommy”.
  4. Know the Info:  It’s important that your child know names and phone numbers of his parents or caregivers.  I like to teach this info in a song because it’s easier for a child to remember that way.  It’s always good to have the info written down somewhere on your child just in case.  Even if your child knows the info, they maybe too upset to remember it or tell the safe person.  I linked to some great products and DIY solutions at the end of this post.

It’s seems pretty simple huh?

But this is not something you can just go over once and be done.  This is something that children need to be reminded of.

I went over all 3 of these with my son on our way back from the Zoo that day, and we’ve discussed it a few times since.  My plan is to remind him of these rules before we go to any public place where he could get lost.

Hopefully, he’ll never get lost, but if he does, I want him to be prepared.

What other tips do you have to help your children if they get lost?

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Sun Safety: Sunscreen and Sun Protection

June 25, 2014

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Originally posted here, on WebMD’s website.

Getting through the summer will involve sunscreen — lots and lots of it. But as you smear it onto your kids, you may have some qualms. What is really in this stuff? Is it safe? Are there chemicals or toxins you should be concerned about?

The Environmental Working Group and other organizations do have concerns with some sunscreen ingredients — especially oxybenzone. “It seems to be able to penetrate the skin and may have some hormone-like activity in the body,” Lunder says.

Some doctors and medical organizations disagree. “I recommend sunscreens with oxybenzone whole-heartedly,” says Kate Puttgen, MD, a pediatric dermatologist at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore. “I haven’t seen any data that suggest the miniscule amount of absorption causes any risks.” The American Academy of Dermatology continues to recommend sunscreens with oxybenzone.

If you’re worried about chemical exposure, there is some common ground: both sides agree that titanium dioxide and zinc oxide sunscreens are safe and effective. They’re also ideal for young children and people with sensitive skin. Although these sunscreens used to have a reputation for leaving a chalky film, new formulations are micronized so that they’re barely visible.

What else should you know about using sunscreen?

  • Check the SPF for UVB protection. The SPF number indicates how well a sunscreen protects against ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. If you’d normally get a sunburn in 10 minutes, an SPF 15 extends that by 15 times. So you could last 150 minutes before burning. How high an SPF do you need? Puttgen recommends SPF 30 or higher.
  • Look for UVA protection. The SPF doesn’t tell the whole story – it only refers to protection against UVB rays. Ultraviolet A (UVA) rays pose their own risks. So make sure the label on your sunscreen states that it has UVA, broad spectrum, or multi-spectrum protection.
  • Look for water resistance. Keep in mind that these products are not water-proof. They will still wear off. But they will last longer than typical sunscreens.
  • Reapply regularly. A few dabs in the morning will not last the whole day. Follow the directions on the bottle for reapplying – especially after you’ve been sweating or in the water.
  • Not all sunscreens work as well as they should. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) tested nearly 1,000 brand-name sunscreen products and concluded that 4 out of 5 either contained chemicals that could potentially pose health hazards or didn’t adequately protect skin from the sun’s damaging rays. You can find the results of their findings and learn which sunscreens are best by visiting Skin Deep, the EWG’s cosmetic safety database.

Still, sunscreen isn’t enough. There are other precautions that you and your kids should take during the summer.

  • Wear broad-brimmed hats. Don’t forget to be a good model to your kids. If you keep your hat on, your kids might be more likely to do the same.
  • Keep sunscreen and lip balms in your car, in your purse, everywhere. You never know when you’ll need it.
  • Cover up with clothing to protect exposed skin. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, the tighter the weave and the darker the color of a garment, the higher the SPF protection.
  • Avoid sun exposure, especially during the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., when UV rays are strongest. But remember that invisible rays can reflect up toward you from the ground, so you may still need protection even in shade.
  • Check the UV Index at the EPA web site (search for “sunwise”) when planning outdoor activities.
  • Be aware of reflective surfaces (water, cement, and sand), as they increase your chances of getting a sunburn.
  • You can still get too much sun on a cloudy or hazy day. UV rays are strong enough to burn your skin even on cloudy days.
  • Rinse off when you come indoors or at the end of the day.
  • A child’s delicate skin, if left unprotected and exposed to the sun’s harshest rays, can be damaged in as little as 15 minutes, but it can take up to 12 hours for skin to show the full effect of sun exposure. So, if your child’s skin looks “a little pink” today, it may be burned tomorrow morning. To prevent further burning, get your child out of the sun.
  • Wear sunglasses that protect against UVA and UVB rays to protect your eyes. Sun rays can also damage your eyes, potentially causing cataracts and vision loss as you age.

5 Tips for a Beach Vacation with Kids

June 18, 2014

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Originally posted here, on the Conde’ Nast Traveler’s website.

My first few visits to the beach with kids along were a sandy, wet mess. Since then, I’ve learned a trick or two and I thought I’d share them here.

  • Rub on baby powder to remove sand from your body—don’t forget between the toes.
  • Instead of buying new beach toys at your destination, ask poolside or at your hotel’s concierge desk. Even if the hotel doesn’t provide beach toys for guests, there’s almost always a leftover bucket and shovel in a closet somewhere. (Don’t forget to leave your toys back with the concierge when you check out— items left in the hotel room are more likely to end up in the trash).
  • On a windy day, rain pants are the perfect way to keep out both sand and cold. Just slide them on over your child’s clothing and remove them before you get in the car.
  • Possibly the worst part of putting sunscreen on a squirming child is smoothing that gloopy stuff all over their face and eyes. Instead, invest in a high-quality powdered sunscreen. It doesn’t drip into their eyes, it’s quicker to put on, and my five-year-old daughter thinks it’s the most glamorous stuff on earth.
  • A toweling coverup is stretchy enough to allow your child to slip out of their swimsuit in privacy, and perfect for the car ride home.

10 Common Mistakes Nannies Make With Newborns

February 12, 2014

Photo by Partha Sarathi Sahana via Flickr Creative Commons.

Originally posted here.

During my work as a newborn care specialist (NCS), I have assisted many families in training their nanny to start care immediately after my contract with them ends. These training sessions often include a few days of shadowing and observation of the nanny at work. Based on my experiences, I have compiled a list of the ten most-common mistakes I have observed of nannies caring for newborns.

Missing Sleepy Signs

Sleepy signs can be easy to miss if you’re not sure what you’re looking for. Yawning, rubbing eyes, becoming quiet, avoiding eye contact, jerky movements, fussiness, and crying are all signs of a sleepy newborn. Many newborns are ready for a nap after being awake for 45 minutes to 2 hours. There is a common misconception that allowing a baby to stay awake longer will mean a longer nap. Unfortunately, however, if the baby is allowed to become overtired, they may become inconsolable and nap poorly. Because sleep is so essential to a newborn’s development, newborns need as much as 16-18 hours of sleep per day.

Using Motion for Naps

Parents, nannies, and other caregivers often resort to motion when baby won’t sleep. Common forms of motion include swings, car rides, and walks in the stroller, to name a few. If motion becomes habitual, the baby is likely to develop a need for motion to fall asleep, making it extremely difficult for the child to sleep in a crib. Therefore, the need for motion during naps can quickly become a problem when baby outgrows the swing or if the weather is bad.

Unsafe Sleep Settings

This is one of the most dangerous things a nanny can do wrong. Babies should always be placed on their backs to sleep; and, until a baby reaches one year of age, the only things that belong inside a crib are the child and a sheet. This means no bumpers, blankets, or stuffed animals. I feel this is so important that I require parents to empty cribs before I accept work. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) saw a significant decline in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) incidents after starting their “Back to Sleep” campaign in 1994.

Improper Formula/Breast Milk Storage

Unfortunately, many nannies are unaware of proper formula/breast milk safety guidelines, and that lack of awareness can put babies at risk for illness. Once formula is prepared, it should be used or discarded within 1-2 hours. If the bottle is prepared and immediately stored in the refrigerator, it may be used up to 24 hours later. Each formula is different so be sure to check the label for exact time recommendations.Breast milk can be stored at room temperature (70°F) for up to 6 hours. However, there is some debate about the storage of remaining breast milk after a feeding. The main concern with the storage of leftover formula/breast milk is the introduction of bacteria into the bottle. Because there are many factors that can influence the amount of bacteria in breast milk, nannies should consult their MomBoss on how they’d like their breast milk to be handled and stored.

Putting Baby Down Fully Asleep

Babies should be put in their cribs in a drowsy state rather than fully asleep. Babies need to learn how to fall asleep on their own and this is a great start. The end goal of this technique is that the child gains the ability to fall asleep completely on his or her own.

Overstimulation

After nine months in the womb, newborns are used to the quiet and continuous swooshing sounds of their mother’s heartbeat. From the color of your clothing to the toys in front of them, newborns can become overstimulated very easily. Signs of overstimulation can include fussiness, uncontrolled movements of the arms and legs, arching the back, and avoiding eye contact. Often, swaddling or taking baby into a dark quiet room will help calm the baby back down.

Incorrect Car Seat Usage

This is also incredibly dangerous. If the nanny is using the car seat in any capacity, she needs to read through the car seat manual. Car seats and car seat recommendations are continually changing. Rules and guidelines that applied to the last infant a nanny cared for may not be the current recommendation. Nannies and parents can check with their local police department to find a car seat inspection station.

Improper Product Usage

Straps were made for a reason. If straps are included with the gear, they need to be used. You never know what could happen. The baby could flip over in the swing for the first time, fall backwards out of a seat, or the stroller could suddenly stop and fall forward. This also applies to leaving the baby unattended on a high surface like a changing table, sofa, or bed. Falling from such heights can be very dangerous for babies.

Not Maintaining a Three-Hour Feeding Schedules

Newborns should be fed at least every three hours during the day to take in enough calories to sustain them through the night. Look for early hunger cues such as smacking lips, opening and closing mouth, sucking on lips or hands, rooting, or fussiness.

White Noise

Because noises can be stimulating to newborns, nannies should be sure to use white noise during nap time. The white noise helps to drown out other noises in the household and allow the baby to have a deeper sleep. There are several white noise apps or tracks available online. A CD on repeat is also a good option.

Strapped In, but Still at Risk

November 20, 2013

Car Seats Remain a Vexing Safety Issue
Originally posted on nytimes.com.

CARSEAT-articleLargeGAITHERSBURG, Md. — For more than two hours, Xiaopeng Li struggled to securely install two rear-facing car seats for his young children in his Toyota Sienna minivan. 

Even then, Mr. Li, a research scientist, could not be sure he had done so correctly. So he drove to a nearby car dealership, where the Montgomery County Fire Rescue unit regularly offers help installing car seats.

“I thought I got it, but after I came in here, they said, ‘No, it’s wrong,’ ” said Mr. Li, 38, who has a Ph.D. and works at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

He has plenty of company. Despite being in use for decades, car seats remain a vexing safety issue for families unable to figure out how to install them correctly.

About three of every four car seats are installed improperly, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In some communities that lack safety checks or education programs, the figure is even higher.

Automobile crashes remain the leading cause of death for children 13 and younger, according to federal regulators. A large number of the fatalities involve children in car seats.

Deaths of children in car seats declined to 397 in 2011 — the last year data was available from the traffic safety agency — from 614 in 2002. But auto safety experts say the numbers could be much lower with easier-to-use car seats and better instructions on how to strap them into vehicles.

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Halloween Safety Tips

October 23, 2013

Originally posted here.

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  • Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks.
  • Look left, right and left again when crossing and keep looking as you cross.
  • Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street.
  • Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them.
  • Always walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to
    the left as possible.  Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
  • Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars.

Trick or Treat With an Adult

  • Children under the age of 12 should not be alone at night without adult supervision. If kids are mature enough to be out without supervision, they should stick to familiar areas that are well lit and trick-or-treat in groups.

Keep Costumes Both Creative and Safe

  • Decorate costumes and bags with reflective tape or stickers and, if possible, choose light colors.
  • Choose face paint and makeup whenever possible instead of masks, which can obstruct a child’s vision.
  • Have kids carry glow sticks or flashlights to help them see and be seen by drivers.
  • When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls.

Drive Extra Safely on Halloween

  • Slow down and be especially alert in residential neighborhoods. Children are excited on Halloween and may move in unpredictable ways.
  • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, on medians and on curbs.
  • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
  • Eliminate any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
  • Drive slowly, anticipate heavy pedestrian traffic and turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances.
  • Popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. so be especially alert for kids during those hours.

– See more at: http://www.safekids.org/tip/halloween-safety-tips#sthash.5D78WCnD.dpuf

Preventing Accidents Around the Home

August 29, 2013

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A few simple precautions can help prevent many common household accidents and keep your child safe around the house. Start today making your home safe using these tips:

  • Make sure stairs are clearly lit. Install light switches at the top and bottom of stairways.
  • Keep exits and passageways free of boxes, furniture and other tripping hazards. Regularly clear the floor of toys, games, magazines and other obstructions.
  • Make sure you can see over the top of what you’re carrying to avoid tripping
  • Make sure that all of your small rugs have slip-resistant backing. Put cut-to-fit rubber matting or two-sided tape on rugs that don’t have their own backing.
  • Mark sliding glass doors with decals or decorations. Someone could easily walk through what looks like an open door.
  • Wipe up spilled water, grease or food peelings immediately to prevent slipping.
  • Place a rubber mat or adhesive strip on the bathtub floor. This will reduce the possibility of slipping in the bathtub.
  • Purchase bedroom night-lights for children and elderly people. Falls can happen easily in a dark bedroom.
  • Wear shatterproof safety glasses when operating any power tool. If you wear eyeglasses, use safety glasses that fit over them.
  • Never store inedible products in the same place as food. This may result in an accidental poisoning.
  • Don’t save medicine. Discard all leftover medications by flushing them down the toilet.

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