I did a first aid course and was awarded First Aid certification level 1. We concentrated on first aid for babies, young children and child safety in general. Being a mom to a young boy.
On a personal note: Thank you, Jeanette, I wouldn’t have this without you.
Emergency contact list
Be sure to have ready information (emergency contact sheet) on your fridge door about you. Incase you are unable to give information during emergencies, someone else can do it for you.
Parents Name and information
Childs name and information
Nearest main roads
Emergency contact person details (husband or your parents or trusted friend)
Allergy list and other important medical information eg health conditions, current medication.
Contact Numbers for:
• Nearest Police station
• Fire department
• Poison control
• Doctor information
• Medical aid contact information
Your free download is at the bottom of the page. ?
General Child safety precautions
Important child safety precautions:
Keep chargers, batteries and all cables hidden away and unplugged. Avoid leaving hanging cables within reach as these may cause choking.
Keep toilet seat down and bathroom door closed at all times.
Medications and personal care substances should be keep away from the reach of children.
Keep your hang bag locked away. Your hang bag has lots of small substances (medication, coins, buttons, pins, sanitizer, balloons, hard candy etc) that can be harmful to your child. I wrote about this here.
Keep your harsh chemicals and cleaning agents on high selves with no access to climb. Or use Cupboard door locks. Teach your child harsh chemicals sign usually shown by the skull for poison and X for do not drink.
Tie and lock garbage cans and plastic ?.
Don’t leave your child (especially babies and toddlers) unattended on a high position such as couch, bed, changing and feeding table.
Use hairspray or essential oils spray for insects. Keep on higher shelves after use.
Teach your child from a young age what is dangerous and safe. Teach them the word ‘No’ as early as possible.
Avoid table cloths as these lead to accidents.
Keep your child away from the stove. Turn pot handles away from you. Pot handles should face the stove switch (inwards) so that your baby doesn’t topple hot food over.
Make sure to fix all unsteady and broken furniture including furniture with sharp edges. Keep furniture away from the crib and stove.
All yard items and the garage door should be locked. Put chemicals on high shelves and occasionally check your garage door sensor.
My son at 16 months already knows to move away from a car, stop ? and wait for it to pass by. Teach basic road safety.
Pet food should also be kept away from your child.
Always keep a watchful eye on your child. Don’t leave them unattended.
Avoid walking around with hot cups of coffee or anything hot. Don’t hold hot substances above their heads.
Hot foods, drinks and adult beverages (alcohol) out of reach including electrical appliances (Kettle, steamers, curling iron, iron).
Be sure to wipe spills immediately.
Teach older siblings to dail emergency numbers during an emergency if you are unable to.
If you have pets, educate yourself on pet safety especially with young children.
Don’t allow your child to play around a pet that is feeding. A feeding pet may easily turn dangerous to protect their tummies.
Don’t keep fluffy pillows, blankets and lots of toys in your babies crib especially when they ? sleep. These lead to cot deaths (SIDS). Minimal is safer.
Follow age restrictions on toys. Small toys maybe a choking hazard to babies and young children.
Always check your babies bath water with your elbow before putting them in. I still have scars on my foot because the nanny left hot water in the bath. Start with cold water when running your bath.
Cover pool areas when not in use. Never leave unattended children near the pool area or buckets of water ?. No matter how little water. A child can drown in as little as 2 inches of water.
Lock the door to the garden. The garden has lots of hazardous chemicals.
Keep coins, beads, magnets, sharp objects and small substances away from your child.
Keep ready ice packs in your freezer.
Practice self care so that you are in a perfect state to take care of your loved ones. Practice being present in the moment.
Don’t place your phone on charge under your pillow especially when sleeping.
Remember to pack away your mommy products and all sorts of tools after use.
Go for organic products. And unscented products for your baby to avoid allergic reactions. Avoid putting soap on your babies face. Water cleans just fine.
Teaching older siblings and everyone who takes care of your child on safety and safe play especially with small children around.
Remember to use all your senses, sight, smell, touch and intuition when it comes to child safety.
A prolonged high fever in babies is not good. Seek medical treatment.
Remember that a baby doesn’t make choking sounds. Look for cues and keep a watchful eye.
Invest in non slip bath mats.
It’s also important to write down the time of the beginning of an emergency.
Don’t rub substances on open wounds and burns unless advised by your doctor.
Cover electric outlets.
Household plants and plastic bags out of reach.
Install baby gates.
Keep glass cutlery on top drawers and plastic on the bottom drawers.
Warning Signs to watch for:
Rush to the emergency department if you notice any of these in your child:
• Eyes rolling back
• Blurred vision
• Loss of balance
• Constant headaches
First Aid Kit
You need these in your First Aid Kit:
Wound cleaner (salt water)
Swabs for cleaning wound (gauze)
Forceps to remove splinters
Roller bandages (different sizes)
Roll of elastic adhesive (different sizes)
Non – allergic adhesive strips
Packet of adhesive dressing strips
First aid dressings (different sizes)
Straight splints / magazines
CPR Mouth piece
Large zip lock bag for amputations
Burn shield ?
Cling warp for open wounds
Meds to add for child safety
Meds for personal use (be sure to check expiry dates before each use):
Rehydrate for dehydration
Saline nasal spray
Panadol syrup / ibuprofen
Cough and flu meds
Activated charcoal for treatment of 80% of poison inhaled
Coconut oil for diaper rashes
Bicarbonate of soda for bee stings
Vinegar for wasp stings
You may get your first aid kit from Dischem or Clicks. Feel free to personalize your first aid box.
Teach child safety
Fun ways to teach your child about safety
Educational songs and games.
Getting your child’s school to practice and teach child safety.
Awards like stickers and praise for practicing safety.
Make it fun and interesting.
Practice safety and your child will follow suit (they learn by watching you).
Add to your bedtime routine.
Educational apps on child safety.
Reprimand immediately if your child is doing something wrong.
Made up songs on safety.
Talk through while practicing safety. ‘I am closing the door so that you must not play with water in the toilet. It’s not safe for you.’
Don’t just say no, explain why that’s dangerous for them and Show them the right way to do things.
Child safety tips from other moms to read:
Baby proofing http://www.nurturingtamra.com/15-must-have-tips-for-baby-proofing-your-home
Safety essentials https://aflourishingrose.com/five-safety-essentials-for-infants-and-toddlers/
Download your free emergency contact sheet.
When it comes to child safety, If you are unsure or at unease, contact your doctor. Trust your mom instinct, keep a watchful eye ?? and make use of your gained mom reflex. Better safe than sorry. Most importantly keep your first aid box in clear sight, updated and at hand. Add your Mom Hacks on Instagram.
Key learning points
Emergency contact list and information plus free download
• what to do when Baby proofing and child safety ideas
• Watch for these signs
• First aid kit for babies
• Teach your child to be safe
• Other moms advice
Educate yourself on poisonous plants here.
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Disclaimer: I provide personal opinions, resources, tools and my experiences in life. The writings on this site are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. I am not a registered physician. Therefore, Please discuss all your health concerns with your pediatrician or doctor.