All loving parents want their children to be warm and toasty; but there are dangers lurking if precautions are not taken which can harm of even kill your baby.
Atlanta weather has been news in and of itself in the past few weeks and cold weather brings about new safety concerns for babies and small children.
Blankets used when a child is sleeping can cause a young child to smother.
The HHS Health beat explains:
From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:
“Parents naturally want their baby to sleep warm in the cold weather. But an expert in sudden infant death syndrome, or SIDS, warns there is a deadly risk to the baby in putting on too many clothes and blankets.
Dr. Marian Willinger of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development says the risk of SIDS rises when the baby overheats.
“What they should be doing is trying to avoid the use of blankets – to use a blanket sleeper, so that you don’t run the chance of the baby getting their face or head covered by the bedding.’’
Dr. Willinger also says the most important thing to reduce the risk of SIDS is to place the baby on his or her back for every sleep. Learn more at hhs.gov”
This seems to have changed down through the years; but is probably the best when the child is sleeping alone. In times past, parents were instructed to lay the baby on its side with a prop behind it back to keep them from regurgitating their milk and choking. Perhaps that is now only recommended if the child is in the room with someone while sleeping.
Also, space heaters left unattended can cause unexpected fires for a number of reasons – by being tipped over, left next to something flammable, or electrical defects of some kind. Older kids are also bad about throwing clothing around which could catch on fire. Always keep a working fire extinguisher in your home.
Candles this time of the year are festive; but remember those highly scented candles can stifle a tiny nose and lungs. And every year candles are a major source of house fires.
Also, never leave your child’s room scattered with toys and clothes on the floor. This could not only be hazardous from adults falling while holding the baby; but in case there is a need for an emergency exit for fire (or other dangers), this could prove very hazardous.
Never leave huge stuffed toys in the bed with your child; these can also cause suffocation. The story is told that once during a house fire a fireman rushed in to save the baby; and grabbed a large life-like doll instead and the baby perished. So many dolls today look and feel like real babies.
For proper instructions and hazard risk regarding heavy jackets on children in cars seats – you should surely check out this web site that gives the why and wherefore of using them together.
1.Take the car seat into the house.
2.Put the winter coat or snowsuit on the child.
3.Put the child in the car seat and buckle the harnesses as you normally would before car travel. Adjust the straps to the appropriate fit for your child.
4.Take the child out of the car seat without loosening the straps at all.
5.Take the coat off your child.
6.Put the child back in the car seat and buckle the harnesses again, but do not tighten the straps.
7.If you can fit more than two fingers under the harness at the child’s shoulder bone, the coat is too thick and is not safe for use with the car seat.
Check this web site for more information on how to keep your child warm; but safe in a car seat.
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