All parents want to protect their children as best they can. They take multiple steps and with caution try to plan to keep every thinkable injury or harm that might happen from happening. This parental protection begins from the time the mother is expecting. No parent wants harm to fall on their child, it’s just a natural instinct for parents.
However, and unfortunately, parents who love their children can put their child in harm’s way with certain activities and surroundings the parent’s may not even be aware of. Most times accidents occur simply because the parent is not paying attention or watching over their child as they should. Children, especially babies, need to be watched constantly and consistently because accidents can happen in the blink of an eye.
Children are curious by nature, babies are fragile and parents have to be aware of these things. Parents can overlook things like obvious or not so obvious hazards in the home, not thinking your child will do a certain thing (we never know what our children will get into to. The key to safety is to preparation, anticipation and routine.
This doesn’t mean you have to constantly worry or become obsessed with your child’s safety, but it does mean properly educating yourself, training yourself, if necessary, anticipating dangerous situations and making safety part of your daily routine. Understanding and sticking with these important points can prevent any of these 15 accidents from happening. Let’s go over some accidents that can happen that parents have with babies.
15 Choking And Suffocation
We’ve previously looked at how an infant can suffocate sleeping in the bed with their parents. Here are some other ways accidents can occur that cause babies to choke or suffocate. We all know how babies love to put things in their mouth.
Along with being close to the crowd, they crawl around and become intrigued with small items such as coins, tiny pieces of toys, lint, peanuts, etc. They proceed to put these things in their mouth which can cause them to choke.
The best thing to prevent this from happening, other than watching them carefully when they crawl around, is to make sure your floors are clean and free of small items. Vacuuming and sweeping should become part of your daily routine.Be sure to clean up behind older children too since they’re not as efficient in cleaning up and making sure items and toys are picked up.
14 Strangulation From Window Blinds
Another dangerous accident lurking in homes are strings, necklaces, cords, toys with strings, window blinds and other fixtures that can cause a baby to strangle themselves. Loose cords can easily wrap around a baby simply by them rolling around and because of their lack of muscle control, strength, ability or understanding to undo or get themselves free.
They can also be strangled by playing, pulling or grabbing for the item like a cord, window blind or a toy. Even a necklace laying around on the floor can turn into a strangulation device in the hands of a toddler or baby. Be sure to keep items out of the way of children. Do not let cords hang.
Make sure your older children don’t play with these items either or play with necklaces and toys with cords around or with babies, like putting necklaces around the baby’s neck or leaving toys in their crib.
13 Burns From Exploring
Burns can happen a number of ways. Young children love to explore and touch everything. Be aware of things that can go unnoticed and cause burns or scalding such as leaving a curling iron on, leaving cords plugged up, leaving lighters lying around, leaving stoves on or hot appliances or dishes laying around.
Be sure you unplug your curling irons or dryers after you finish using them. Avoid leaving cords plugged or laying around. Not only can this cause a burn on the child because the cord is hot, but the outlet is hot enough to burn the baby if they stick their fingers in the socket. Never leave lighters, cigarettes or matches lying around.
It is easy for a child to pick one of these items up and burn themselves. Be sure to keep your child away from stoves and appliances at all time, and keep hot dishes out of reach.
12 Falls From Heights
Falls are the most common types of accidents parents and babies experience together. Make sure the area is free from hazards that can cause your little one to fall. Make sure toys are put out of the way. Be sure cords are not in the way. Tripping over cords causes injuries. Put up safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs.
Make sure their bed or crib is secure with locks or locked gates to prevent falling out of the bed. If they are using a highchair, make sure the chair is secure and steady. Have a rug or carpet or mat underneath the highchair in case the child falls out. This prevents them from falling and landing on a hard, bare floor. Be sure every window is locked.
Put bars on windows located in the child’s room. Remove anything that will allow them to step up toward the window.
11 Their Food
You may ask yourself how can food cause accidents. Well, easily. First, if your child gets a hold of, or is fed hot food that can burn their mouths or their skin if they touch it not realizing it was hot. Small children have very sensitive skin, and it burns much quicker than adults. Always test the food or liquid yourself before giving it to your child.
You can purchase cup wrappers that wrap around your child’s cup to prevent their skin from burning while holding cups. Another danger when it comes to food or drink is the threat of poison. If you realize your child is allergic to certain foods, avoid giving them any food with that ingredient in it.
Also, be aware of giving your child certain foods that are too spicy, can cause ingestion, hard to digest, difficult to chew, or too cold. Avoid feeding your infant child heavy amounts of food or a large amount of different types of food that can cause an allergic reaction.
10 Medication That's Left Out
When giving a young child or infant medicine, parents need to be especially careful. Most doctors don’t like prescribing medicine, including over the counter kind because of the possible dangers. All medicine will come with doctor’s instructions on how and when to take it. It is crucial that these instructions are followed exactly.
If, after taking the medicine, your child seems to act differently, stop giving them the medicine and contact their pediatrician immediately. Children are not able to tell us what’s wrong with them so when their sleeping patterns change, or they become lethargic, have skin irritation, a lack of appetite, or whatever you notice is unusual should be a sign to stop using the medicine and contact the physician.
There are times when the medicine will have a negative effect the doctor has told you would happen, but even if the effects happen be sure to monitor those side effects.
9 Poisoning From Household Chemicals
It is vital to keep chemicals out of reach of children. Almost all chemicals have this instruction or warning on its label. Never leave shampoo, perfume, cleaning products, lotion, soap, deodorant, medicine or even vitamins open or lying around for easy access. Children will pick up anything and put it in their mouths.
Keep these items locked or in a cabinet that’s high enough where your child will not be able to climb anything and gain access to it. Brightly-colored items look like candy to small children. Poisoning can also happen if they get a hold of spoiled food, overdose of medicine or fruit pulled from trees.
Be sure to throw away food that has spoiled or has been sitting out too long. Another type of poison is from carbon monoxide from gas stoves and heaters. Avoid placing a heater in your child’s room or placing their crib, bed or sleeping area near stoves.
8 Drowning In Baths And Pools
Drowning is one of the leading causes of death for children. It doesn’t have to happen in a swimming pool either. It can happen while they are taking a bath. Infants do not need a ton of water when taking a bath. They only need about two inches of water anything more can pose a danger to infants and cause possible drowning.
Children can drown in an inch of water if left unsupervised. Toddlers can also easily drown in bath water in a matter of minutes. Other areas inside the house like toilets, buckets or coolers can cause your child to drown. Always cover up your hot tubs, spas, whirlpools and swimming pools when unattended.
Never leave children in any of these unsupervised or even under the supervision of older children. Watch your child closely when they are playing with water from hose, fountains and water gardens. All it takes is a fall or slip face down in a small amount of water and your child can drown.
7 Sunburns And Scrapes
Children love to play outside. They love riding bikes or scooters, playing in swimming pools, and with their toys in the yard. Danger can happen in a manner of minutes with children. Make sure your child’s skin is safe from sunburn by applying appropriate suntan lotion for children.
In fact, when your little one wants to go outside you should go outside for a breath of fresh air too for as long as they remain outside. When riding bikes or scooters, they should always wear a helmet. Make sure your garden or yard is free of hazards like garden tools and excess debris and dirt.
Make sure your child doesn’t have a mouthful of dirt, which can contain dangerous particles, that harm your child. If your young ones will play on swings outdoors, be sure the play area is stable, clean and free of any obstacles that can cause accidents.
6 Getting Caught In The Stroller
Strollers are part of most parents and their child’s lives. The benefits of strollers are great. You can push your little one around easily without constantly carrying them around. It frees up your hands to carry other things. Your baby will love the luxury of sitting comfortably or lying down inside the stroller while you take care of business.
Toys and food can be placed inside the stroller to keep them entertained. However strollers can pose dangers and cause accidents while your child is in it. Loose straps or straps too tight can cause strangulation and choking. Certain latches and mechanisms can cause amputations or lacerations.
Restraint buckles can become unlatched and cause the baby to slip and fall out without your notice. Seat belts may not buckle together properly or may come unloosed. The wheels can become loose which can cause the stroller to get away or lock in place which can cause a sudden jerk.
5 Car Seats And Car Accidents
We all know the dangers and accidents involved with cars. Car accidents are especially dangerous for children. The impact involved in car accidents can easily cause serious harm to a small child’s body.
Head, back, chest and leg injuries are more noticeable among children involved in accidents for the simple fact that their bones, muscles, ligaments and joints are very fragile and developing and susceptible to injury. A rear end collision can cause neck and back strain to both adults and children, but it can cause fractures in small children.
Head trauma can easily occur if a child hits their head inside of a vehicle. Also, children are open to accidents when a car accident hasn’t happened. Make sure they are sitting securely in a working car seat. Make sure doors are locked. Be sure not to leave your child in the car alone, especially when it is too hot or too cold outside.
4 Sleeping With The Baby
There is always a temptation for new parents to want to sleep with their newborn or infant child but the desire to do so should be avoided. The major accident that can happen to a small child while sleeping with their parent is suffocation by their own parent or by oversized pillows and blankets.
Infants will often end up in a position while sleeping that can cause suffocation if they end up face down on a large pillow. They are not able to move a great deal and if they are newborns it is very difficult for them to raise or move their face away from a deep cushioned pillow. Large covers can also cause suffocation.
It doesn’t take long for a newborn to slide up under the covers. And, of course, since most of us move around when we sleep it is very easy for you to roll over on your child.
3 Gun Safety
We all know the dangers of guns, so never think your child can’t get ahead of a gun and pull the trigger. Sadly, it has been proven otherwise. Use the utmost form of safety. If you own a gun keep it unloaded in the house in a locked place and keep the bullets in a separate location.
Also, to prevent an unfortunate accident from taken place always keep your guns hidden and in a place high enough that your child cannot reach it. Never let your child see you with a gun or where you hide the gun. Don’t leave bullets lying around, small children can swallow them in an instant.
Even an empty gun can be dangerous and cause accidents to happen. It may not seem that a child can pull a trigger but many can have a hair trigger that doesn't take a great deal of pressure for the gun to go off.
2 Bumper Pads, Blankets, And Stuffed Animals
Cribs are used by most parents for a restful and peaceful place for baby to sleep. Most parents make it a special place with decorations and toys to comfort the baby. However, as most of us know, crib death is one of the leading causes of infant deaths.
One reason is due to babies getting in a sleeping position that brings about suffocation from mattresses, blankets and pillows or strangulation from hanging loops and straps. Another reason is that the cribs break and collapse, parts come off and the baby gets hold of it, or straps come loose and the baby gets wrapped around the strap.
Be sure your baby’s crib is working properly at all times and make sure parts are not loose and straps are firmly attached. Do not put large or very small toys in their crib. Avoid putting hard plastic toys, plastic or any material that can cause injuries or suffocation.
1 Broken Glass
The use of glass in households are very common and becoming more popular. There are glass tables, glass cabinets and glass doors. With a baby or toddler in the house it is important to make sure this glass furniture doesn’t become an accident. Toddlers will bang on furniture, run into it and break it.
If this happens with glass you can see the danger it poses. Babies crawling around can bump themselves into glass which can cause it to break or cause serious damage to their little bodies from encountering hard glass furniture. So when purchasing glass look for tempered glass which is a stronger type of glass that doesn’t break easily.
You can also keep glass furniture out of the way and reach from children. Place your glass furniture in a room that is off limits to small children and where your baby won’t have access to. This can prevent accidents and dangerous conditions from happening in your house.