Health and safety standards every parent should know

Every parent knows that as soon as the child enters the world, advice starts flying in from all directions about what to do and what not to do. The confusion and stress that follows is unavoidable. The health and safety of their children is the primary worry of most parents. Unfortunately, many parents are unaware of common things that can pose a threat to children. Let us take a look at some health and safety standards that all parents should know.

toy safety

Toy safety

Toys are an essential part of the healthy development of a child but there are some precautions that need to be taken so that your child can have a safe and enjoyable play time. Buy toys according to age recommendation. If your child is younger than 2 years, it is best to stick to non-toxic materials and toys that do not have small parts as they can pose the risk of a choking hazard. Remove all plastic wrapping as it can pose a suffocation risk. Keeping an eye on your child and having these precautions in mind are key to making sure that your child can enjoy while being safe.

Babyproofing Your Home

There are a number of seemingly innocuous things in the house which can pose as a threat to your child. It is crucial to baby proof your home to avoid tragic accidents. Secure all heavy and big furniture as well as appliances like televisions and microwaves to avoid accidents. Use child locks on all cabinets. Securing the trash is important because it may contain things that could be a potential risk to your child. Keep all soaps, detergents, cleaning solutions, insect repellents and other potentially dangerous items out of reach.

Crib Safety

Cribs are one of the most important purchases for new parents. Though it might seem tempting to buy one of those beautiful antique cribs, it is best to stay away from them as they often do not meet modern safety standards. Always buy a crib according to the guidelines on weight and size of babies. This information is easily available on the product or in the booklet. Set up the crib according to manufacturer's instructions and carry out regular inspections to make sure that the crib is in proper condition. Make sure that there is no peeling paint, splinters, rough edges, missing or loose slats as these can harm your baby. Do not place the crib near windows, draperies, any accessories with long cords or strings.

How To Avoid SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome)

SIDS can be a devastating thing to happen to any parent. The good thing is, you can easily decrease the probability of SIDS by taking a few precautions. SlDS can be caused by things like overheating, smoke from cigarettes or the baby sleeping on its stomach. To avoid SIDS, always put your baby to sleep on its back, forbid anyone from smoking around the baby, try to not to swaddle excessively and keep the room temperature set to around 75 degrees F.

What To Do In An Emergency?

No matter how much care you take, there is always a possibility that an emergency might arise. It is therefore important to know what to do when an emergency arises. Always have an emergency first aid kit at home and while traveling. Keep emergency phone numbers to call for help and also numbers of neighbors, fire and police department, poison department and your child's pediatrician. Learn first aid for situations such as choking or severe allergic reactions.

Though it is important to keep safety precautions in mind, parents should take care not to become over cautious and stressed as this can hinder your child's freedom.