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6 More Suggestions on How to Keep Your Child Safe in the Home | Amoils.com

Added June 4, 2012, Under: Children's Health, Environment, Parents

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Following on my last post on the hazards in the home that face babies and young children, I have come across a few more suggestions which I thought well worth sharing with you as they might just save some lives. 

6 more suggestions

1. There are frequent recalls on all types of products affecting young children from toys to medications. Parents can keep up with these by checking the recalls website and signing up for their emails to get updates of any recalled items.

2. Every parent should understand the potentially fatal dangers of young children playing with ropes and cords of any kind as they are not always able to extricate themselves, even making things worse by their struggles. The cords on window blinds seem to be particularly dangerous and should either be cut so there is no closed loop or always wound up on to cleat positioned high up on the frame of the window or the wall next to the window. Any cord longer than 7” can become a strangulation hazard.

3. EMF radiation can also be a concern with young children. Developing children – especially babies – are so much more sensitive to EMF radiation and baby monitors are sited so close to the child. In addition, home Wi-Fi and cordless phones are transmitted all the time while the modern mother talks on her cell phone or uses her iPad while around her baby or young children. Regarding the baby monitor itself – a wireless baby monitor consists of two parts, one that is place near the baby and the other that is kept with the caregiver. The most popular baby monitors in the USA use DECT technology (1.8 to 1.9 GHz) or operate at 2.4 GHz, the same frequency used for microwave ovens, cordless phones, and Wi-Fi routers.  These DECT baby monitors–just like the DECT cordless phones and Wi-Fi routers–constantly emit RF radiation from both parts, meaning as much as 16 hours a day for the baby.

4. Changing from toxic and chemical based household products to natural products helps to lessen the risk of poisoning if young children should get hold of cleaning items.

5. Water is always a danger, however shallow, as a toddler can drown in half of a bucket of water or a toilet. So whether you have a pond, a pool or any source of water, you need to vigilant and put safety precautions in place.

6. Install carbon monoxide and smoke alarms outside of every bedroom. The batteries must be changed regularly and detectors replaced at least every 10 years.

Child-proofing your home is best done by looking at each room in the home from the young child’s perspective, preferably by getting down on your hands and knees. Check each room for tempting objects, dangerous furniture (such as sharp corners) and buried items in carpets like pins or coins to prevent your child from getting into trouble.

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