Apart from Health and Nutrition, Infant home safety is also of great importance in child rearing. Experts say that most accidents can be avoided by keeping in mind simple home safety measures.
Infant Home safety ranges from keeping the child safe while he is sleeping, playing, bathing and eating. Parents can ensure that the crib in which the baby sleeps is safe .It should not have any sharp and hardened edges which could hurt the baby incase there are some edges they should be padded. Also the mattresses and pillows used should not be too fluffy as they can smother the child.
Once the child becomes mobile it is necessary to childproof the house. By childproofing the house we mean ensuring that all things that can be potentially hazardous to the child be removed from his reach. All electrical wires, phone cords plug-points must be kept out of the Childs’ reach as they can cause strangulation or electrical shocks. Parents must also check that the toys and playthings used by their kids are non-toxic and safe. Very small or breakable toys, which could cause choking and other injuries, should not be purchased. Plastic bags, balloons, pins needles knives or toxic and harmful substances like medicines and cleaners should not be left in places where the child can reach them easily, they should be locked. Soft guards should be used on furniture edges to avoid the sharpness in their edges.
While using walkers or playing outdoors parents must make sure that their kids are under constant adult supervision to avoid any mishaps. Therefore for complete infant home safety, constant adult supervision is extremely important.