Your baby depends on you to keep them safe as they cannot control their surroundings.
Although there is no such thing as a completely safe home, many accidents can be prevented by taking a few safety precautions.
Despite the market being inundated with child proofing gadgets, the most important safety device is always going to be your supervision.
Always be on the lookout for new dangers.
By following a few simple rules, you can create a safer environment for your baby:
- Do not smoke anywhere near your child and don’t allow anyone else smoke in the house – create a smoke free environment for your baby
- Never hold a baby when carrying a hot drink, smoking or cooking near or over a hot stove
- When carrying your baby, always support their head with one hand and make sure their head is supported well by whatever they are being carried in
- Make sure all equipment is completely sterilised before use if you are bottle feeding and always check the temperature of the milk is not too hot
- Do not use a microwave to heat a bottle as this can create hot spots and burn your baby’s mouth
- Recognise the signs and symptoms of illness: Fever – call the doctor immediately if your baby’s temperature is at or above 100.4 degrees, or if they are displaying a decreased appetite, vomiting, irritability, lethargy. For new babies the rule is always, ‘if in doubt, check it out’
- Never Ever Shake your baby – this can cause serious damage and even death
- Remember to always wash your hands especially after changing a nappy or before preparing food – a newborn baby is susceptible to picking up infections.