Safety tips for new babies
Every year, nearly 300 children under one year old are admitted to BC hospitals for treatment of unintentional injuries.
You can prevent the major causes of injury.
- keep a hand on the baby at all times during diaper changes -- a baby can roll and fall off a change table
- do not leave an infant in a bouncer chair on a table or counter -- a baby's feet can kick the chair over the edge
- do not leave a baby unattended in a grocery cart
- test bath with an elbow or forearm -- the water should be warm, not hot
- stir food heated in a microwave well and test the temperature before feeding it to your baby
- do not hold the baby while you are eating or drinking anything hot
- keep diaper creams, cleaning products, medication, tobacco, alcoholic beverages and other poisons out of baby's reach
- if your doctor has advised medicine, check the label and measure every time you give it to your baby
- grate, blend or chop all solid food into very small pieces
- keep small objects such as coins, buttons, and earrings out of baby's reach
- discard any soothers (pacifiers) that have broken or chewed parts
Keep your infant safe in and around your home: Visit The Child Safety Page of BC Children's HospitalSafe + Sound First Aid Training Ltd
- offers the Red Cross “Child Care First Aid & CPR” course