The great desire of parents is that their children grow up healthy and happy. In this context, security is the family's greatest ally in the realization of this dream. The home is a refuge in many ways, but if it is not cared for, it can become the main source of accidents with children.
In this article, we will show you how to take domestic baby safety measures by turning your apartment into a highly secure location. We have gathered tips for changes in furniture and environments, as well as accessories for the safety of babies and young children.
The importance of these measures can be assessed on the basis of data. According to the Brazilian Society of Pediatrics, it is estimated that in Brazil there are about 200 thousand domestic accidents per year with children, such as burns, falls and drowning. During school vacation periods, the rate increases by 25%. Next, see how to prepare your home and avoid accidents.
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THE IMPORTANCE OF A SAFE ENVIRONMENT FOR DEVELOPMENT
It is easy to imagine how difficult it must be for each human being to face the “real world”, there in the initial stage after birth. After all, until then all we knew was the safety of our mothers' bodies, where we were protected from all evils.
Although it is far from having the same effect, the home can fulfill some of this role, in the sense that it is a place where the baby can feel safe and develop with confidence. To assist in this development, it is recommended that parents put in place some changes to transform the home into a “baby-proof” space.
We separate the measures that are essential for the safety of the baby and young children at home:
1) Install protection screens on all windows in the apartment;
2) Heavy furniture, such as bookcases, must be fixed to the wall, to prevent them from falling on the child if he decides to climb the furniture while no one is looking;
3) Collect cables and wires, whether electrical or blind cord, for example, as they can cause suffocation accidents;
4) Remove all furniture near the windows, to avoid falls;
5) If you have carpets in any environment, secure them with high- adhesive tape so that no one will slip.
HOW TO ADAPT YOUR HOME: 6 BABY SAFETY ACCESSORIES
In addition to the more structural changes we mentioned, there are other interesting actions to ensure that your apartment becomes as safe as possible. Baby safety accessories are good allies in the war against accidents and are often inexpensive and long-lasting purchases. Check out the most used types:
1) GRIDS FOR DOORS, CORRIDORS AND STAIRS
Security gates must be installed at the top and bottom of the stairs and handrail. If the ladder is opened, install safety nets along the entire length. Grids can also be placed at the entrance to the bathroom.
2) OUTLET PROTECTOR
All outlets that are not in use must be covered with a protector to prevent the child from putting their fingers on and being the victim of an electric shock.
3) LOCK FOR CABINETS, WARDROBES AND DRAWERS
One of the most common domestic accidents happens when the child traps fingers in doors or cabinets. There are specific locks for each object, which can be found at home supply stores.
4) CORNER PROTECTOR
The ideal is to choose rounded furniture for the baby's room. But in the rest of the apartment, you can install protectors on all corners of the furniture, preventing the child from hitting his head or cutting himself.
5) PRIVATE LOCK
In addition to the protection grid, another measure for child safety in the bathroom is to use a lock for the toilet. This prevents the child from having contact with the toilet water and, in extreme cases, from being drowned.
6) FINGER PROTECTOR
Installed close to the door handle, this protector prevents the door from closing and, consequently, the baby from trapping some part of the body.
As we explained, with safety accessories like these it is possible to prevent children from trapping hands and fingers on doors and drawers, being victims of an electric shock, coming into contact with chemicals (used for cleaning, for example), and even drowning in the toilet.
It is always important to remember that the kitchen is the champion of accidents in the house. They are: fall (because of the floor), burn (because of the stove / oven), intoxication (cleaning products), electric shock (sockets and unprotected wires), choking and aspiration of foreign bodies (for example grains) and drowning (bucket, sink).
Therefore, parents should pay extra attention when the little ones are around while cooking. Remember to turn the handles of the pots inwards and never leave knives and other sharp objects with children.
Attention must be redoubled in the kitchen, where most domestic accidents happen
HOW TO TEACH NOTIONS OF SAFETY TO CHILDREN
The responsibility for the safety of the children rests with the parents, always. But you can (and should) teach your child from an early age to take care of themselves and care for their own safety.
A good example is showing how to go up and down stairs, always holding on to the handrail. As we mentioned, the kitchen is the space where most domestic accidents happen, and therefore requires several demonstrations of the care that must be taken.
Parents can even cite the most common accidents as if they were villains that the child must defeat, to make the moment more playful. The idea is to inform the children, not to frighten them.
Writer Aline Angeli, author of The Book of Emergencies - What Every Smart Child Needs to Know about Safety, recommends encouraging children to be smarter and more intelligent than the traps set by danger.
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