Child safety: 6 golden rules to follow at home

Bumps, bruises, headshells and burns: let’s face it, having puppies in the house is not as simple as it seems and, although you don’t want to be anxious and try to keep fears at bay, you must never lower the level of guard . In short, staying vigilant is the minimum, because it takes a moment that, for example, the siblings do not slaughter each other or similar stuff.

If more or less up to six months, the main risks may be burns, falls and asphyxia (as well as drowning and car accidents), up to three years for their home is a field of exploration around beautiful and colorful. For you a minefield full of pitfalls, brambles, Tibetan bridges and towers of Hanoi. Not to mention from 4 years of age, when they practically made themselves kids to be able to explain the sense of danger (but they must always play in your presence) …

In short, it is right not to inculcate their terror of being able to do or touch anything, but it is true that more or less serious injuries must be avoided.

To do this, it is good to follow some simple rules:


Sleep safety

Babies must sleep on their stomachs. It was 1992 when the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommended that babies sleep on their backs to reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), better known as “cradle death”.Since then, the mortality rate of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) in western European countries has decreased threefold.

Blankets with lace padding can block the airways while the baby sleeps. A firm mattress and elastic sheets is all you need. During the sleep, then, the child must not wear scarves, hats, bibs, pacifiers or have toys around him. Consider the idea of ​​co-sleeping well. This at least until the year of age

Fall and injury prevention

Use the corner protectors, attach the bookcases or taller furniture to the wall, lock the drawers and eliminate any knick-knacks that may fall. Also, keep chairs or things you can climb on from the windowsills and, if necessary, also install safety nets or raise the railings. Beware of stairs, radiators and hanging cables.


Keep in mind the rules to prevent food suffocation .

In addition, make sure that the toys do not contain small parts that the baby can swallow.
Keep cables and ropes out of the reach of their hands and away from the cradle. From time to time, you also walk on his hands and knees so that you can notice the little things that the baby can carry in his mouth.

Fire safety

No matches or lighters lying around and don’t hold your baby while you are in the kitchen. Also keep irons, hair straighteners and hair dryers away and unplug them as soon as you are finished using them. Turn the pots so that the handles are away from the edge of the hob. It could also be useful to install a smoke detector at home.

Intoxication prevention

If you suspect that your baby has swallowed a dangerous substance, do not try to induce vomiting or give plenty of fluids to drink, but consult a doctor immediately.More than half of childhood poisoning is caused by accidentally taking a drug , so keep the pills (even supplements) out of their reach.If necessary, put a padlock where you store all detergents and medicines and keep even small appliances or gadgets containing lithium batteries away.

Safety in the water

Always empty the tub after the baby’s bath or bath. The toilet lid and the bathroom door must always remain closed.All open water (even a barrel or bucket with water) in the courtyard or garden should remain closed, because the child could fall and drown.More than half of the parents believe that if their child can swim, he does not need surveillance when he is in the water.

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