Baby Care

5 Tips That Could Save Your Baby’s Life

As a parent, keeping your baby or child safe should be your number 1 priority.

Knowing what to do to help prevent accidents from happening and how to react should it become a reality should be of upmost importance for parents.

Here are 5 tips that could save your baby’s life.

1. Take notice of suffocation hazards in the home

A baby can suffocate if something covers his or her mouth and nose, thus preventing breathing. Plastic/nylon bags is a main culprit.They may seem flimsy, but a nylon bag can easily suffocate a young baby or toddler. A thin film of plastic can kill a child by suffocating him/her.

Teach older children never to put them over their heads and do not allow little children to play with them.  Even very young babies can grab it and put it over their head, as they are so light.

2. Never leave your child alone in the bath or bathtub

Babies and young children should never be left alone in the bath, not even for a minute.  Also using a bath seat or support is no replacement for parental supervision. Even if a baby is secured in a bath seat, do not leave them even for a second as it could still fall over.

A child can drown in a matter of minutes and it happens quickly and silently. A baby can slip under the water without crying or screaming or splashing around.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends the age of 4 before children are allowed to bathe alone.

3. Keep your baby alone from small objects to prevent choking

It’s a scary thing to see a choking child and it usually, happens when a baby or young child tries to swallow a piece of food or small object. Choking most frequently happens to babies between the ages of five and eighteen months.

Ensure that you keep all small objects out of reach of the baby who is at the hand-to-mouth stage of development. Safety pins should always be out of your baby’s reach and keep small toys or toys with small parts away from babies until they are old enough to handle them.  Parts broken off toys and games should be thrown away or be repaired. Also rid of small pieces of crayon.

Be alert for small objects that can cause choking, such as coins, buttons, beads, bits of torn plastic, seeds or broken balloons.  Make a habit or picking up these small items if they are lying around. Also note that toys are designed to be used by children within a certain age range.

4. Keep your baby away from electrical outlets

Electrical outlets can kill your child. There is something about an electrical outlet that attracts young children and this make electrical outlets extremely dangerous. If a child sticks wet fingers into an outlet, or even worse if a child sticks a piece of metal into an outlet, electrocution is a definite possibility. Electrocution frequently results in death and children die every year by electrocution.

5. Keep your child away from buckets

Do you know that buckets can kill small children? Children love water. When a child sees a bucket of water, it is an instant attraction. Unfortunately, toddlers are top heavy. If a toddler reaches into a bucket to touch the water, it is very easy for the child to fall right in headfirst and the child will never get back out.

Buckets are frequently used in Nigeria for bathing, fetching water, washing clothes and for household chores and pose a serious threat to babies and toddlers. Never leave a bucket of water in your house where small children can reach it. Even something as simple as answering the door or using the restroom can leave a window of time long enough to drown a child.

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Pacifier Safety Tips Every Mom Should Know

Pacifiers do a great job of soothing babies, not only that, they help in the prevention of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and what will parents do without pacifiers during air-travel and doctor visits? Pacifiers are therefore parent’s best friends, but parents have to be careful about the pacifiers they buy or use. Follow the tips given below and you’ll have no problem with pacifiers.

About pacifiers

Babies have a need to suck on anything that touches their lips or around their mouth, and pacifiers are clean and safe equipment to help soothe the baby.

A pacifier usually has three parts: a shield with holes for ventilation, a nipple or teat made of a soft elastic material, and a ring for holding the pacifier.

Safety tips for choosing the right pacifier

There are a lot of types of pacifiers to choose from, from plain ones to fancy ones. Choose the right pacifier for your little one by following these tips:

  • Age appropriate: Choose a pacifier that’s suitable for the age of your baby.Choosing a pacifier with teats that are too big or too small will pose the threat of choking to your child.
  • Design: Avoid pacifiers that have parts that get detached easily as they may become a choking hazard.
  • Ventilation: The ventilation holes in the shield should cover a minimum surface area of 20 sq. mm with at least two holes of 4 mm each. To be on the safe side, the area of the holes should be comparable to the nail of your small finger. Make sure that the holes are not obstructed.
  • Do not invent one! Do not make a pacifier of your own or use another object as a substitute. This is risky as your baby might choke on it or even swallow it.

When to replace a pacifier

This depends on how often your child sucks on it, pacifier nipples do wear down with age and use, so check the binky thoroughly before placing it in your baby’s mouth.

Also, when you notice that it’s discoloured, has holes, tears or weak spots that could cause the nipple to come off when your child suck on it, do not put it in your child’s mouth again it’s time to change it. Also, some nipples also become sticky with age.

Care of a pacifier

  • To prevent fungus, soak the pacifier in equal parts white vinegar and water for a few minutes once a day. Rinse well and air-dry completely.
  • And if your baby drops her pacifier on the floor, it’s fine to simply rinse it off in hot water and return it to her. (Don’t “rinse” it in your mouth.) If it falls on the road, it’s best to clean it in hot, soapy water. Carry an extra one when going out.

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