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A Safety Checklist

  1. All babies should be placed on their backs to sleep to prevent SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome);

  2. The crib should have a firm mattress, snuggly fitting in the crib without any choking or suffocating hazards such as pillows, stuffed animals, blankets or small toys in the crib; 

  3. All homes should have working smoke detectors and fire extinguishers, and a fire escape plan for the family; 

  4. The hot water heater of the house should be set to no higher than 120 degrees Fahrenheit (50.0 degrees Celsius) to prevent accidental scalding;

  5. Strings from blinds should be out of reach of the crib as these can be a choking hazard;
  6. No strings should be tied around pacifiers or toys;

  7. Babies should never be left unattended on a changing table or elevated area where they can roll off. Barriers such as toys or pillows will not prevent a baby from rolling off; 

  8. Car seats should be used at all times and should be rear-facing in the back seat until the child is both over one year of age and over twenty pounds. Babies should never be left alone in the car and all adults should wear seatbelts. You can contact the Auto Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236; 

  9. Cigarette smoking should be stopped when a baby is born. Smoking away from the baby is of little help since the smoke gets into clothing, skin, hair, furniture, carpets, drapes, car seats and so on. There is no excuse with today's knowledge of the hazards of smoking and the medicines, patches and inhalers available to help in the quitting process; 

  10. Gun safety should be emphasized. If a gun is in the home it should be locked and stored away from the ammunition which should be also locked;

  11. If cloth diapers are used the safety pin should be carefully closed and locked in a closed position; 

  12. Bathtubs can be slippery so a rubber mat or cloth should be placed on the bottom of the tub, and never leave a baby unattended in a bathtub;

  13. Gates should be used on all staircases;

  14. Baby walkers are dangerous. Not only can they flip over and harm the child they also inhibit a child's development for walking;

  15. Milk and milk products, corn syrup, Karo syrup and honey should all be avoided until at least one year of age as these foods can cause intestinal bleeding, allergic reactions or carry bacteria that inhibit breathing in infants;

  16. If you use a crib be sure the sides are always completely raised, the crib is not near a heater and the crib slats are no more than two and three eighths inches apart;

  17. Babies should not ride on an adult bicycle even if placed in an infant seat;

  18. Avoid direct sunlight as babies can sunburn very easily;

  19. Check all toys for loose parts, splinters, and sharp edges;

  20. Cover electric sockets and keep your baby away from hot pipes, stoves, radiators, and fireplaces;

  21. Keep all medicines and poisons such as household cleaning products, soaps, insecticides, and solvents out of reach;

  22. Learn Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Call the American Heart Association at 1-800-242-8721 for information;

  23. All of these safety precautions should be present in any home, daycare, preschool, mother's day out, friend or family location.

  24. Milk and milk products, corn syrup, Karo syrup and honey should all be avoided until at least one year of age as these foods can cause intestinal bleeding, allergic reactions or carry bacteria that inhibit breathing in infants;

  25. If you use a crib be sure the sides are always completely raised, the crib is not near a heater and the crib slats are no more than two and three eighths inches apart;

  26. Babies should not ride on an adult bicycle even if placed in an infant seat;

  27. Avoid direct sunlight as babies can sunburn very easily;

  28. Check all toys for loose parts, splinters, and sharp edges;

  29. Cover electric sockets and keep your baby away from hot pipes, stoves, radiators, and fireplaces;

  30. Keep all medicines and poisons such as household cleaning products, soaps, insecticides, and solvents out of reach;

  31. Learn Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR). Call the American Heart Association at 1-800-242-8721 for information;

  32. All of these safety precautions should be present in any home, daycare, preschool, mother's day out, friend or family location.

 


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