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Newborn & Infant Safety

Tips to help you keep your baby safe!
Safety tips for new babies

Did you know? 

Every year, nearly 300 children under one year old are admitted to BC hospitals for treatment of unintentional injuries.

Major causes of injury

You can prevent the major causes of injury.

Falls
  • 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
Scalds
  • 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
Poisoning
  • 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
Suffocation
  • 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 Hospital

Safe + Sound First Aid Training Ltd - offers the Red Cross “Child Care First Aid & CPR” course

Prevent shaken baby injuries

Prevent shaken baby injuries

Learn more about normal crying and how to soothe your baby

Did you know?
  • Babies can cry up to 5 hours a day and still be perfectly normal.
  • Crying, especially inconsolable crying is the main trigger for shaking an infant.
  • Shaken baby syndrome occurs most often at two to six months of age.
  • Shaking a baby can cause seizures, blindness or deafness, paralysis, permanent brain damage, developmental delay, and even death.

Tips for soothing crying infants

  • Change or feed the baby
  • Take the baby for a walk in a stroller or infant carrier
  • Rub the baby's tummy
  • Offer a pacifier (soother)
  • But remember, sometimes healthy, normal babies cannot be comforted and that is OK.
  • If you become too frustrated with the crying, put the baby in a safe place a walk away until you calm down.

You can prevent shaken baby injuries

  • It’s more important to calm yourself, before you try to calm your baby.
  • Learn more about normal infant crying at www.dontshake.ca.
  • Never, ever shake your baby.
  • Tell others about normal infant crying and the dangers of shaking.

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