After the birth of the first child, many new parents are affected by the fantastic responsibility they have just taken on. Newborn babies are completely dependent on their parents and caregivers to protect and care for them. In accordance with Baby Safety Month in September, the following checklist can help first-time parents keep their newborns safe.
Child safety checklist
- Always support the child's head. Newborn neck muscles are weak. Failure to provide proper support may harm your child.
- Never leave your child unattended.
- Never leave a child on a bed, table, countertop, chair or other high surfaces.
- Lay the child on its back to sleep, on a firm, flat surface, to reduce the risk of SIDS or suffocation.
- Never shake or play rough with a baby.
- Do not put your child to bed with you to sleep. This can lead to accidental suffocation or strangulation.
- Breastfeed, if you can, to provide your baby with the natural antibodies in the milk.
- Buy a crib with rods that are not more than 2 3/8 inches apart. (When the space between the stacks is too wide, the child may slip through and be injured.)
- Make sure that the mattress fits snugly against the sides of the crib. Otherwise, the baby's body or head may get caught between the mattress and the crib and cause suffocation.
- Install carbon monoxide detectors if you have gas appliances or a connected garage.
- Install smoke detectors on each floor of the house and in the corridor of the adjoining bedrooms.
- Buy a fire extinguisher and make sure you know how to use it.
- Never leave a baby alone with a pet.
- If you have a cat, cut the claws so that it cannot scratch the baby.
- Use an approved child car seat, correctly installed, facing backwards in the middle of the rear seat.
- Do not use a child car seat on a vehicle with an airbag.
- Never leave a baby alone in the car! Even with the windows open, the child can become overheated and become dehydrated in a few minutes.
- Wait until the umbilical cord has fallen off and the umbilicus has healed before giving your baby a bathtub.
- Lower the water heater to at least 1
- Use a small baby bathtub to better control the water temperature for a bath. It should feel warm, not hot.
- Never leave a baby alone in the bath – a newborn can drown in an inch of water.
- Keep the room temperature for your child's bath at about 75 °. Try to eliminate drafts and pat the baby dry immediately. Use a towel with a hood to cover the baby's head and prevent colds.
- Do not use cotton swabs to clean your baby's nose or ears. Only clean the parts of the baby you can see.
Even with the best care, childhood diseases and injuries can occur. Our agent can help you make sure you have the right health insurance plan to cover your newborn baby's care needs.