Being a parent and teacher,Chitrangada writes with practical understanding and experience about parenting issues and also provides solutions
Are you always worried about the safety of your kids, especially when you are not with them?
How wonderful is the feeling, when your little bundle of joy, starts crawling, or takes the first step?
The parents, the grandparents, and everyone else in the family, waits for that special moment, and celebrates it.
But this is the age, that is from 3-4 months of the child, to 3-4 years, when the parents must take extra precautions, so that the child is not hurt, when crawling, or taking his or her first baby steps.
A little carelessness, on the part of the parents, can lead to serious injuries, or even accidents.
- Your child is too small to differentiate between the hot and the cold, sharp objects and soft objects, hard surface and soft surface, dangers of height, water, electricity, fire, insects, animals and so on.
- They cannot protect themselves on their own. Therefore, although they start little movements on their own, there should be complete and alert supervision, by the parents or other caretakers of the child.
10 Safety tips for the toddlers: Dangers and Precautions
1. The baby might put his or her finger in the electric sockets
If the electrical switches and the sockets are fitted at a lower place, on the walls of your home, the child might put the finger or touch it.
You should cover these, with plastic switch blockers, available in the electrical shops.
Remove Cloth electric press, heaters, other electrical devices after use, switch them off, and unplug them.
Be alert, about the movements of the child.
2. Be aware, if there are stairs or balcony around
Crawling and moving on their own feet, is important for proper growth of the children. But there can be stairs inside a room or the room may lead to the balconies.
Always keep the floor clean, and use antiseptic cleaners, before putting the children on the floor.
Be watchful, so that they do not crawl up to the stairs or the balcony.
Do not leave them alone or unattended.
Keep a first aid box ready, with all the necessary pediatric medicines, for smaller injuries, burns or bruises. If however, the injury is serious, rush the child immediately to the pediatrician.
3. Getting hurt by the furniture
When the child starts crawling, arrange your furniture in such a manner, so that the child gets ample space, to move around.
You can place the sofas and tables etc. alongside the wall, with the entire central area empty, for the child to crawl.
Take care to cover the sharp corners of the furniture. You can cover them with foam pieces and sellotape.
Take special care, if you have furniture, with glass tops.
Furniture guards are also available at the furniture shops.
“The fundamental job of a toddler is to rule the universe.”
4. The baby may get bitten by some insects or the pets
Your baby is too young to protect herself/ himself from the home pets or other animals.
There can also be insects, which might come inside the home, from the lawns or gardens.
Keep the home pets, such as dogs, cats, birds etc. clean, because if they are dirty, they might carry infection, and cause diseases to the children.
Get the pets duly vaccinated. If possible, keep them away from your baby.
If some insect bites the child, you can go for specific herbal remedies as first aid, but it’s advisable to take medical advice as well.
5. If the child swallows or eats something wrong
Sometimes the baby may swallow some medicine, meant for the adults, or some small non-edible or even poisonous objects, coins, seeds, pencil cells, or small wrist watch cells, small magnets, small keys and many such objects.
Sometimes, they may even take a large bite, and it might get stuck in their throat.
In such serious situations, you must consult the pediatrician. Usually, they will do such efforts, so that the child vomits, the non edible thing out.
Be very alert, and remove such objects, from the child's reach. When feeding him, break his food into small bite size pieces. And unless he finishes and swallows the first bite, do not put another bite into his mouth.
6. Getting cuts
When the baby is learning to walk, he/ she may enter the kitchen as well. They may get hold of knives, scissors or other sharp objects, and before you can make a move, get minor cuts etc.
Try to keep these sharp objects, out of the sight of the babies. If by chance, they do get cuts or wounds, give first aid, and then seek medical help.
If the object is of Iron, the doctor may ask you, to administer tetanus injection, which is very necessary.
Whenever a toddler sees a pile of blocks, he wants to tear it down.
~~J. J. Abrams
7. Automatic doors and locks
Most of the doors in today's homes, have automatic closing doors and locks.
One must be very careful, if you have toddlers at home.
They may close the doors, when they are inside or outside.
Ensure, that you have kept the duplicate keys, at your neighbor's home. So that, in case the door gets locked accidentally, it can be opened without wasting time, or breaking the door lock.
Make sure, you have well functioning door stoppers.
The child may even hurt his/ her fingers by placing them, in between the door and this could be fatal.
8. Slipping in the bathroom
Taking bath is fun for the small kids. But bathrooms are generally quite wet, and there are chances, that the child might slip, if left unattended.
Do not leave the child alone in the bathroom.
Do not keep the bathtub filled with water.
Do not keep the geyser on.
Keep soaps, shampoo, toilet cleaners and other things carefully, so that the child does not reach them.
Keep the bathroom completely dry, and ensure that there is no leakage etc.
Use non slip bathroom mats.
Even after that, if the child gets hurt, seek proper medical advice.
9. Getting burnt
Children have the tendency to touch everything, which comes within their reach or even outside.
Avoid sipping your tea or coffee, in close quarters of the child.
When you place the hot milk, or water or food on the dining table, the child might pull it, towards himself/ herself, and get severely burnt.
Burns can also happen due to the electric Iron, heaters, candles, inflammable objects and similar things.
Make sure, to be in attentive and alert, while serving food to the child, so that it is out of the reach of the child. It would be better, if the child is fed first, with complete attention.
10. Take care, if there are two small kids in your family
Children may hurt each other unknowingly, because both are ignorant about the consequences of their actions.
This might include, putting something in ears or hurting the eyes, or biting or scratching each other.
They may even push each other, which may result in fall and therefore bruises, cuts or other injuries.
Did you know?
With modern lifestyle and busy, working parents, many safety gadgets are popularly being used, such as:
These home appliances are being used by parents extensively.
To Sum Up:
There can be many other precautions, which must be kept in mind.
For example, when you are travelling with your child, in the car, in someone else's home, when some visitors come, in the parks, at the wedding parties or some gatherings, when there is change of season etc.
This is just a small list!
Kids and especially toddlers, discover strange and new ways to keep you on your toes.
And although they keep you completely engaged, in these growing up years, I can tell you by experience, these are the years you are going to miss, when they are grown up.
Very Useful Video On Toddler safety, source: You tube
Further Suggested Readings:
1. Child Safety at home via NSC
2. Parenting Tips via Bright Side, family and kids
3. Healthy children, from 6 to 12 months, via Healthy Children
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.
© 2014 Chitrangada Sharan
Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 19, 2020:
Thank you Rania Heikal, for appreciating the suggestions. I am glad that you found this article useful.
With the younger children around, one has to be always alert and vigilant. I remember my days—.
Thank you for your kind visit and comments.
Rania Heikal from Egypt on August 17, 2020:
My children especially the youngest 1 year 10 months make me on my toes all the time. Thank you for the arranged tips.
Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 09, 2015:
Thank you Lee Cloak, for your kind visit and comments!
Glad you liked this hub.
Lee Cloak on April 07, 2015:
Super important hub, very good to read, very well done, Thanks, Lee
Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 07, 2015:
Thanks deergha, for your kind visit and valuable comments!
You are right, in spite of 24 hours vigil, children can surprise you and do something, you may never have thought about.
Thank God, you were prompt and no harm was done to your little one. Yes, we should never feed children in glass utensils.
I remember my days, when my kids were growing up---I can quote several incidents. Literally I was always on my toes.
Thanks for sharing and voting up!
deergha from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!! on April 07, 2015:
Very informative and hand on hub for the parents with young kids around. When my son was growing up inspite of a 24 x 7 vigil by myself, he did some very odd things which used to cause a panic in me. Once he chew on the glass tumbler I offered him orange juice in and whoa!!!! What a scene followed with that!!! But thank fully i reacted on time and could finger out all the small pieces of glass from his little mouth. The fact what helped was that I myself offered him and I was exactly there to react on time. I have a habit of reacting with a quickness when in need and that saved us then. The learnt lesson was that never to offer anything in glass tumblers to small kids. Thank you for this wonderful hub.
Shared and voted up.
Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on November 24, 2014:
Thank you aviannovice, for your positive feedback!
I remember my days, when my kids were small. I had to be extra alert always--whether it was the kitchen, bathroom, balcony, children's park etc. as my children wouldn't sit at one place. They were always on the move, sometimes faster than me. It was fun but lot of precaution had to be taken.
Thanks again and have a great day!
Deb Hirt from Stillwater, OK on November 22, 2014:
This information is so true. A young couple that I know have a child less than a year that broke his arm while playing outside. The parents learned a valuable lesson in watching him every moment. They have another on the way, which I believe they will have the experience behind them this time to anticipate a lot more.
Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on November 11, 2014:
Thank you vespawoolf, for your visit and positive feedback!
The joint family culture is no longer popular and in nuclear families also parents have to go out to work, to fulfill their financial requirements. Children left behind sometimes alone, sometimes with caretakers, are quite vulnerable to injuries and accidents.
This thought prompted me to write this hub. Glad you liked it. Thanks!
Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on November 10, 2014:
These are good reminders about the extra precautions parents of young children need to take. Here in Peru, at least in the country, parents tend to work in the fields and sometimes children are neglected because they´re left in the care of older brothers and sisters. Simple precautions can prevent much heartache.
Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on November 10, 2014:
Thank you Dianna, for your kind visit and positive comments!
I remember those days, when my kids were toddlers and literally kept me on my toes. Living on the fifth floor, I had lot many experiences, which I wanted to share with first time parents!
Dianna Mendez on November 09, 2014:
I agree with your suggestions and they will help keep those little ones safe. When my grandkids were small every electrical outlet had a safety cover. They are so curious and you can't be too careful.
Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on November 04, 2014:
Thank you billybuc, for your kind comments!
I went into flashback while writing this hub. Thank you!
Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on November 04, 2014:
Thank you Nithya, for your kind visit and comments!
Glad you liked this hub about safety tips for toddlers.
Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 03, 2014:
Wonderful suggestions my friend. Very important read for young parents.
Nithya Venkat from Dubai on November 03, 2014:
We must make the environment safe for babies and little children. They are so curious and want to poke around everything they see. Great safety tips, better to be safe than sorry. Great hub.