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New parents: Keeping your baby safe
The wellbeing of your child is your primary concern. In this article, we’re giving you essential safety information to ensure that your baby is protected at all times.
Before you know it, your baby is going to be able to wriggle and roll around, which means that they can fall and injure themselves if left unattended. Babies are, and once they begin to crawl and chairs, couches and tables are going to pique his/her interest.
Here are some tips to prevent injury
- Change your baby’s nappy on a changing pad on the floor rather than a table
- Don’t leave your baby unattended on a bed, sofa or changing table because they could roll off
- Never put your baby in a bouncing cradle or baby car seat on a table or kitchen worktop as their wriggling could tip it over the edge.
- If you have stairs in your home, make sure that you hold on to the handrail to ensure that you. Don’t trip.
- Always watch where you’re putting your feet while carrying your baby. It’s easy to trip over something such as one of his/her toys.
When your baby can crawl, it’s vital that you baby proof your home. Fit safety gates at the top and bottom of the stairs and make sure you close the gates properly after you go through them.
When you bathe your baby, it’s vital that you understand that a baby’s skin is much softer and thinner than an adult. Here are some tips to help you during bath time.
- Don’t ever fill a bath with hot water first. Make sure that you keep your baby away from the bath water until it’s the correct temperature.
- Make sure that you test the water temperature with your wrist and elbow before you put your baby in the bath. It should be comfortably warm. If your skin turns a reddish colour when you place your elbow in, the water is far too hot for a baby’s skin.
How to prevent choking
- It’s very easy for babies to choke, even on milk. They are curious by nature and may be tempted to put small objects in their mouths, which could cause choking.
- Always hold the baby’s bottle while they’re feeding him/her.
- Keep small objects out of reaches such as buttons, coins and small toy parts.
- Once your baby has started on solid food, always cut it up into tiny pieces because babies can choke on something such as a small piece of soft fruit.
Please ensure that you follow these baby safety tips. The wellbeing of your baby is priority number one. If you need any more information about baby care, visit your nearest clinic, and a medical professional will be able to help you.
Source: Marie Stopes South Africa (Safe Abortion and Post Abortion Family Planning)
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