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Each new learning stage for your baby requires you to pay more attention to prevent an injury. It may surprise you how fast your baby can move from one stage to the next. Being aware of what your baby can do and what skills your baby is likely to learn next will help you prevent injuries.
Be aware of your baby's risk of injury from falling. Use these tips to prevent falls.
Use care around tabletops, changing tables, a crib with the sides down, and even beds and sofas.
These include swings. bouncers, and jumpers. Use all the safety straps provided.
Avoid accordion-style gates, because a child's head could get caught in the gate. Look for a gate with openings no bigger than 2 in. (5.1 cm).
Walkers can cause injuries like pinches and falls. And they can cause severe accidents, such as a fall down a flight of stairs.
A child can slip and fall in the tub or on the wet floor from water that has splashed out of the tub.
Remember that a baby with a pacifier or other object in the mouth is at risk for face and mouth injuries along with other injuries from a fall.
Toddlers and young children like to explore, climb, walk, run, and dance. These activities put them at risk for falls and injuries. You can help prevent accidents in the following ways.
Keep the keys out of your child's sight and reach.
Always use the safety straps. And keep a close eye on your child.
Carpeting on stairs should be in good repair. Uncarpeted stairs should be kept clean but not slick. Train your child to hold on to the rail and to walk carefully down each step one at a time. If you have pets, teach your child to keep away from them while on stairs.
You can use double-sided tape, foam backing, or a rubber pad on throw rugs to keep them from sliding.
Uneven grass, sloping lawns, and hills can make it hard to walk.
Don't allow your child to walk or run with any objects in the mouth. Your unsteady toddler could get face and mouth injuries as well as other injuries from a fall.
And don't place furniture, including chairs, close to windows. Make sure windows are closed and locked securely when children are present.
Many are now available that are easy to attach and remove. Make sure openings in rails are small enough to prevent a child from getting trapped. A trapped child can choke or suffocate.
Current as of:
March 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise StaffMedical Review: John Pope MD - PediatricsKathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
Current as of: March 9, 2022
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:John Pope MD - Pediatrics & Kathleen Romito MD - Family Medicine
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