Cuts and scrapes are a normal part of childhood. However, these injuries can be serious. So it’s important to take precautions to lessen your child’s injury risk.
The most important safety rule is to keep objects with sharp blades out of children’s reach. Appliances such as food processors and blenders should be stored in a locked cabinet if possible, and there should be a safety latch on any drawer that contains sharp objects such as forks, knives, and scissors.
Many accidents are caused by children reaching for objects that they should not be reaching for. It is best to unload the dishwasher while your toddler is in his crib napping; young children often try to grab sharp knives or glass bowls out of the dishwasher. Similarly, you should keep all glassware far above your child’s head so that he cannot knock glass dishes off a shelf and onto himself.
Locks are your best friend when it comes to safety. All drawers should be equipped with safety latches so your child cannot explore them while you aren’t looking. It’s also important to lock cabinets that contain hazardous items such as appliances, razors, or other sharp tools. Finally, if possible, you should keep the kitchen garbage behind a locked cabinet, so your child doesn’t accidentally cut himself on the edges of a can or other trash item.
Finally, you should periodically inspect all equipment your child plays on outside. Swing sets and other play items can gather rust or splinters, which can cut your child.
Childproofing your home is not easy. You have to be able to look at every room from the perspective of a young child to find hidden dangers such as sharp edges of cabinets or rusty bed frames. Make sure you close off any unsafe room for your child to enter and cover the doorknob so she cannot easily open closed doors.
Of course, the best thing you can do is supervise your child, but no parent can keep an eye on her children every moment of the day. For this reason, it’s essential to be prepared for emergencies. Always keep a first aid kit with bandages, cotton balls, and antiseptic cream. Put emergency numbers and instructions inside this kit and on every telephone in the house. Finally, ask your pediatrician for other tips to prevent and treat minor cuts and scrapes. If an accident does happen, you want to be as prepared as possible and hopefully keep your child out of the emergency room. More content about Childproofing And Kids’ Safety is on this site.
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