Safe Kids: Tips to help grandparents with updated child safety recommendations
By Lauren Harrison
Carroll County Times|
Sep 12, 2020 at 5:45 AM
Grandparents day is Sunday, Sept. 13.
Today’s child safety recommendations can be very overwhelming. Especially for grandparents, as safety recommendations have changed drastically, due to high rates of injury and death in years past. Let’s go over some of the most common safety topics:
Car Seat Safety
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death to children. A properly used car seat reduces this risk by over 70%. Unfortunately, 80% of car seats are used incorrectly.
· If you have a used car seat, be sure that you know the history. Know the prior owner, the car seat should not have been in a crash, not expired, all labels should be present, and it should be free of recalls.
· The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children remain rear facing until they reach the maximum weight or height of the rear-facing convertible seat for OPTIMAL protection, which is typically by age 2 at the earliest.
· Choose child-resistant packaging whenever possible, but remember that child-resistant is NOT child-proof.
· When administering medicine to a child, read all labels, follow dosing instructions, and use the dosing device that comes with the medicine. Do NOT use alternative methods of administering medication, such as a kitchen spoon.
· Dispose of unused medication safely. In Carroll County, you can drop off unused or expired medication to any local police department.
· Save the Poison Help number in your phone and post it visibly at home: 1-800-222-1222
· Call the poison control center if you think a child has been poisoned, but is awake and alert. If you have a poison emergency and child has collapsed or is not breathing, call 911.
Unintentional suffocation is the leading cause of injury-related death among children under 1 year of age and nearly three-quarters of suffocation deaths among infants are from accidental suffocation or strangulation in bed. Follow these tips to keep your grandchildren safe while sleeping:
· Baby should always sleep in a safe crib, bassinet, or pack-n-play.
· Lay baby on his or her back for every sleep.
· Stuff animals, bumpers, and additional accessories can block a baby’s airway during sleep. Be sure to use a firm mattress covered with a tight-fitting crib sheet. Do not add any blankets or pillows to sleep environment.
· Room-sharing is safer than having baby sleep in bed with you. Place crib, bassinet, or pack-n-play in room for close contact and easy feeding.