First-time parents may or may not be aware of the fact that their child will explore. And not in the sense of just checking out the new toys you buy for them. Children will explore everything every chance they get. This means that even when you take their eyes off of them for even a minute, the chances are they are going to take advantage of this situation and go explore something they know they should not be around.
Most parents know this and they do what they can to guard against accidents and other potential disasters. But parents don’t have eyes in the back of their heads nor can they see the future, so this puts all children at least at some small risk. And while you might tale extreme caution and store your laundry detergent pods high up in a secure cabinet, you might take your earrings out after work and set them on the table. It is something you have been doing for years.
The latter is just a case of a parent doing something they have been doing for a long time without realizing the potential consequence. Just as laundry detergent pods are a danger to children, earrings are shiny and curious kids might decide to see how they taste. It’s not that you aren’t a good parent, you just need to understand that nearly everything in your house can be a hazard to children.
River Valley Pediatrics, your pediatric clinic in New Braunfels, offers household items that could be dangerous for kids.
Bookcases are an example of how top-heavy furniture can be dangerous to children. This is also true for any furniture that is prone to falling.
The best way to protect your children is by fastening bookcases and other tall furniture to the wall. It is quite easy to buy a few brackets and anchors that will keep bookcases in the upright position.
It also helps if you stack heavier items in the bottom of the bookshelves. This will reduce the chances of it falling should your child decide they want to climb the bookcase.
In 2014, an estimated 22,000 parents int eh United States called the National Capital Poison Center due to accidental consumption of laundry pods by children. It is very unfortunate that these colorful pods resemble something that looks quite tasty to eat.
In response, detergent manufacturers have made laundry pod containers more difficult for children to open. They have also launched nationwide public safety campaigns to ensure parents keep laundry pods out of the reach of children. The safest bet is to not even have laundry pods in your home if you have children under the age of six.
While it is obvious that parents need to keep their kids safe from pools, hot tubs and even the bathtub, they are often surprised to hear that over a hundred children die each year in water containers like buckets and toilets.
There are many ways you can keep your child safe ion the bathroom including clips you can buy for the toilet seat that prevent children from falling in.
Hairdryers pose a danger to children on several levels. For example, they blow very hot air, which can burn children’s skin and they are also a risk for an electrocution.
But they are also a threat even when they have been turned off and unplugged. Even after turned off, hair dryers remain hot and some parts may be hot enough to cause burns. It is best if you store your hairdryer out of reach when it is not in use.
Dishwashers that are closed and locked are safe for your child. But if your child can get it open, it becomes a dangerous appliance.
It’s not so much the appliance itself, rather than the things that are inside. To be sure, your dishwasher is likely full of all sorts of things that could cut or poke your child including knives and forks.
Children may also access the detergent compartment and put the pod in their mouth.
In addition to being easily tipped over, there are any number of items in your trash can that could be unsafe for kids. For example, your garbage can is probably full of spoiled food, sharp objects, batteries and other hazardous items. Your garbage can should either have a child-proof lip or be kept out of the reach of children.
These seem innocent enough, but could be a hazard should your children get into them. Refrigerator magnets are attractive and colorful, making them attractive to children. Magnets are easy to remove from the refrigerator and many magnets are small enough for a child to fit in their mouth.
Some solutions to this problem include placing the magnets high enough so children can’t reach them, using only large magnets or just get rid of them completely for the time being.
Picture frames are a wonderful way to showcase your photos and commemorate life’s special moments. Unfortunately, frames can also be dangerous to little ones. Frames that sit on tables can be easily knocked over and the glass can break.
Now, this doesn’t mean you have to store all of your pictures and frames. You can either swap out the glass with plastic or buy frames that have clear plastic instead of glass.
As a parent, you do what you can to keep your children as safe as possible. One way is to make sure they get their yearly well-child exams. Call River Valley Pediatrics today to set an appointment.