Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Keeping Baby Safe...

Babies are tiny and precious, and they barely get around unless they’re in your arms. So how can someone so little get hurt?

It is surprising, but infants do suffer from injuries—commonly head injuries and crib- or stroller-related accidents. Here are some tips to keep in mind so your little one stays safe.

  • Don’t use your baby’s car seat somewhere other than the car. Never put the car seat in a shopping cart or set it with the child in it on a counter top, sofa or bed.
  • Check your infant’s crib for sharp edges and protruding screws. If the crib is near a window, ensure that any cords from a blind or shade are away from the child. As your baby grows, be sure the mattress is at the lowest setting to help prevent falls.

  • Use your stroller properly by making sure your baby is strapped and/or buckled in properly at all times.

  • Make sure you don’t set your infant in a bouncy seat on any surface other than the floor.

For equipment such as strollers, car seats and cribs, be sure to read all instructions and warnings, and routinely check for any safety recalls on those items.

Reviewed by Andrea Morgan, R.N., BSN, CPN