September is baby safety month. Parents and caregivers strive to keep babies safe. Safety is not always an easy task. The key to baby safety is prevention of accidents or problem areas.
Two of the leading causes of baby death are choking and drowning. Both of these are almost completely preventable. Never leave a baby or toddler unattended in any kind of water. Even a few inches may look harmless, but can drown a child. Especially a bucket or a tub of water is dangerous.
Check out wherever you lie a baby down. Anything small can very easily make its way into the mouth of a baby or toddler. Make sure there are not any coins, small toys, pet food, or anything on your carpet for baby to choke on. Babies are quick and they put EVERYTHING into their mouth.
Be careful what they eat. Did you know that food such as grapes, hot dogs and pop corn lead to hundreds of choking incidents in children 3 and younger? It’s true. Their throats are not cut out for such foods yet. They can easily get lodged in the throat and even an adult can’t get fingers in to pull it out.