Monday, 20 April 2015

Wrap them up in cotton wool: Keep kids safe and healthy

Our children are so precious to us; as parents we want to make sure they stay safe from accident or injury, and that we’re doing everything in our power to protect them. Being responsible for such a small and fragile human can be worrying, and when there’s so much that can go wrong it’s no wonder we need eyes in the back of our heads! But as long as you use common sense, and bear the following tips in mind you can be safe in the knowledge that your little ones will stay out of harm’s way.

Choking Hazards
One major safety concern when it comes to young children is choking. Ensuring your home is kept clean and tidy allows you to be extra careful when it comes to this, be sure to regularly check under coffee tables, sofas and other furniture for things like coins that have fallen out of people’s pockets. You might not see them from above, but your child might spot them when they’re playing on the floor. Another thing to be mindful of is bows, buttons and other accessories sewn onto clothing- sites like have more information on this. While the safety standards in most places are very high, if you’ve purchased items from overseas they may not follow the same strict practices. Make sure there are no cords or ties, or loose objects sewn on which could become a choking risk if pulled off. Plastic disposable nappy bags are something that has come to light in recent times as a choking hazard, they’re so lightweight they’re easy for your baby to grab- make sure these are kept well away from the cot and anywhere that little hands can reach.


Car Safety
Keeping your baby safe in the car is so important, while serious road accidents are fairly rare you should never take any kind of risk. The right car seat is the first step, if you choose something like that’s highly rated for safety it gives you added peace of mind. Any car seat should be correct for your child’s height and weight, and also facing in the right direction. Up until the age of around two and a half to three, children should be in a rear-facing car seat. One they have outgrown their seat, a new front facing seat can be fitted. This has been shown to be the safest way based on various tests and research. The middle seat in the back of the

Drowning Hazards
Children can drown in a surprisingly small amount of water, so this is always something to bear in mind. Be extra vigilant if you’re going to be anywhere near the ocean, lake, river or other body of water. At home, make sure any pools or ponds are gated off so that children aren’t able to wander off and fall in. Be cautious around the bathtub too, children under six shouldn’t be left unattended, and you should ensure that the water is completely drained before leaving the room.


Food Poisoning Risks

Children have weak immune systems so are at higher risk of food poisoning. Maintaining excellent hygiene standards is important- storing food correctly, washing hands before handling and thoroughly cleaning tools, chopping boards and work surfaces. Make sure meat and eggs are cooked well and according to avoid things like sliced meats, soft cheeses and pate which have increased food poisoning risk.

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