From Crib to Kindergarten: The Essential Child Safety Guide by Dorothy A. Drago

By Dorothy A. Drago

In formative years, the occasional bump or scrape comes with the territory. yet severe harm is one other subject, growing nervousness for even the main skilled mother or father. thankfully, accidental harm might be avoided. during this crucial advisor, an eminent baby security professional explains the best way to lessen the chance of formative years harm at domestic -- and past. Her suggestions support guard young ones from delivery to age 5 -- those people who are so much prone to critical harm. She describes the way to offer a secure atmosphere in the course of the day-by-day actions of slumbering, consuming, bathing, dressing, enjoying, and touring. the foremost dangers and strength accidents linked to each one task are pointed out in addition to the age whilst the kid is at maximum hazard. Illustrations, checklists, and precis charts supplement the textual content and placed beneficial classes and important info at mom and dad' fingertips.From Crib to Kindergarten is an integral "how to" for folks, grandparents, academics, babysitters, and daycare companies.

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When a mother put her two-month-old daughter to sleep with her head to the side of an adult-sized pillow, she probably thought she was creating a cushioning environment. Unfortunately, she later found her daughter unresponsive, head in the pillow. The grandmother who placed a pillow in a bassinet as a mat- 27 28 FROM CRIB TO KINDERGARTEN tress probably thought she was making her grandson more comfortable; she did not realize that he would sink into the soft pillow and not be able to breathe. Soft toys, like stuffed animals and soft dolls, can also cover a baby’s nose and mouth, though this happens relatively rarely.

In most cases, the parent or caregiver had reportedly left the baby in the tub for only a few minutes, to get a towel or to answer the phone. In a survey of 259 parents and guardians of children younger than five years, nearly one-third reported leaving their child alone in the bath for some period of time. Common reasons included getting towels or diapers, answering the phone, and cooking. Just over 7 percent of parents and guardians said they let their children bathe alone—in other words, get into the tub, wash, and get out of the tub without supervision—before age five.

Infants between three and six months are at highest risk of suffocating between a bed and a wall, for several reasons: • They tend to be taken into the parents’ bed. • They tend to scoot toward corners. • They may be placed on the side of the bed against the wall to prevent them from falling out of the bed. • They have not yet developed the motor skills to move away or turn over. Infants seven to eleven months old are still at risk of harm from being wedged between a bed and a wall, but fatal incidents involving this age range are about half as common as for younger infants.

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