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September is Baby Safety Month

September is National Baby Safety Month. With this being said, there is no better time than now to brush up on some of the top safety and health tips for infants.

  • It’s important to take extra precautions in the kitchen. This essential part of your home is full of potential safety hazards. For starters, it is important to remember not to hold your baby while you are cooking. When using the stove, make sure that all pot handles are turned towards the back of the stove to prevent foods from being tipped over and spilled. Store knives, heavy pots, and breakable dishes somewhere safe where your child is unable to reach them. Lastly, your child should not have access to the garbage can. Store them in locked cupboards or use cans with child-safety locks. Be aware of empty dishwashers and hanging tablecloths as these items can easily be pulled down.
  • The nursery is intended to be a safe environment for your child. This is an area meant for growth and learning. If there is furniture in the room, move it away from whatever windows might be in the room. It is also important that crib sheets fit securely on the mattress, and that the mattress is snug to the side of the crib. This will aid in preventing your baby from slipping in between the mattress and the side of the crib. Also, make sure to cover exposed electrical sockets and keep blind cords out of reach.
  • When traveling from one place to another, always use a car seat. It is important to read all of the manufacturer’s instructions before you install the car seat in your vehicle. When using strollers, make sure the stroller is in a locked position before placing your child in it. Prevent the stroller from tipping by placing any other items you may be carrying in the storage space beneath the stroller seat.

Make your little one’s safety an everyday priority! If you have concerns or questions, contact your Primary Care Provider or Hegg Health Center by calling 712-476-8100.

Learn more safety tips here.

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