6 Baby Hazards That Surprise Most Parents
As a parent, it’s always important to keep safety in mind. Everywhere we go, we have to weigh whether it’s a safe situation for our child. Many parents know about basic safety, like locking the cabinet of cleaners and placing gates at the top or bottom of stairs, but there are safety concerns all over you should be aware of. Here are a few hazards that surprise most parents.
A latex balloon, when swallowed, conforms to the shape of a child’s throat, making it impossible for them to breathe. It’s also difficult to remove the balloon. The best solution is to use Mylar balloons for your celebrations. Always supervise children when they play with a balloon, especially if they blow one up themselves.
2. Soft/Plush Bedding
Even though we have drastically reduced the number of SIDS deaths, suffocation is still a serious concern for parents. If a baby falls sleep with his or her face pressed into soft bedding or comforters, breathing may stop. Always place baby on his or her back to sleep and on a firm mattress with a tight-fitting sheet. Don’t put any bumpers, blankets, or toys in the crib until your child is at least a year old (and can easily re-position themselves).
3. Used Baby Gear
Hand-me-down baby gear might be missing key safety components or have broken elements not immediately visible. Most people know never to install a used car seat (or a car seat that was in an accident), but you also shouldn’t use used high chairs or bath seats. If you purchase a used crib or changing table, you need to be absolutely sure that you have all the pieces. Furthermore, make sure the product complies with all modern safety standards.
4. Women’s Hand Bags
A woman’s purse often contains many items that could choke or poison a child; like makeup, keys, sharp pens, candies, safety pins, medications, etc. Your baby might be interested in the bag because mom is always carrying it. It would only take a moment to injure themselves. The easiest solution is to store your bag somewhere high or behind a closed door.
Many parents don’t consider their dishwasher when they baby proof their kitchen because the device’s handle is up near the counter top. Once your baby begins to walk, however, he can easily pull it down and access the dangerous items inside. Make sure all sharp objects are pointed down. Also, detergents can burn the nose and mouth and eyes if swallowed. Wipe out any detergent that builds up after it runs. Consider investing in a lock.
6. Bath Seats
It’s not that bath seats are dangerous themselves, but they tend to give parents a false sense of security. Just because your baby is in a seat doesn’t mean they can’t tip it over. In fact, once tipped, the bath seat can prevent your child from re-positioning him/herself. The best strategy is to always be within arm’s reach of your child during bath time.
Written by Dr. Nina Farzin, Inventor of oogiebear
Nina is a wife, mother and career professional who never intended to start her own business. When her children were newborns, she ached to ease the discomfort from dry, stubborn, crusty mucus (boogers)! As a doctor, she knew there were no safe solutions on the market to help her kids, so she invented oogiebear, a revolutionary booger removal tool that helps babies breathe easier.
Nina graduated Howard University where she earned her doctorate in Pharmacy (R.Ph, Pharm.D). She is a Registered Pharmacist in Washington DC, Maryland and New York. Nina and her family are fitness enthusiasts who enjoy outdoor activities and healthy eating.
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