There are many tips medical professionals can give new mothers such as prevention of burns in small children or prevention of poisoning. Here are some tips that over my years in nursing I have shared with some of my new parents.
Cover electrical outlets with safety caps, this is important as soon as the baby or toddler starts moving about because little fingers touch everything and often try to stick things in holes such as wall outlets.
Turn pan handles on the stove toward the inside of the stove top. If possible only cook on the back burners to prevent little arms from reaching up and grabbing hot skillets or pans. Toddlers are also prone to reach up to counter-tops at any time so if your cooking you should never leave a toddler or small child alone.
Place cups of hot liquids out of reach. Many children are severely burned by coffee and other hot liquids each year. Coffee pots and freshly poured coffee cups hold scalding liquid temperatures, keeping coffee away from small hands is imperative because it only takes a minute for them to knock it over themselves.
Use caution when serving anything from the microwave, especially to children. Many times the food items may be much hotter than they appear and can cause severe burns to little mouths.
Supervision of children around water is always important such as bathtubs and pools. However when it comes to water in the bathtub small hands can quickly turn on the hot water and scald themselves if your not watching. Always check water temperatures when giving babies and toddlers baths, sometimes the water temperature may be too hot for small children. Keep hot water thermostats turned down if you have small children.
Keep lighters, matches and other flammables away from small hands. Many children dump over candles every year and some small children have even been known to pick up lighters and matches if left out in plain sight. Fragrance melting wax warmers are now used frequently in many homes be careful of hot melting wax warmers when you have small children around.
Watch electrical cords for frays and make sure they are tucked away to prevent toddlers from pulling on them sometimes electrical cords can be connected to hot appliances such as coffee makers and curling irons. Small children, toddlers and even babies have a lot more strength than most people give them credit to having and can often yank almost anything down on themselves when not properly supervised.
Another quick tip, the child or baby doesn’t always have to be your own. Many children are burned when visiting because the home they are visiting is not used to having small children around and cords, appliances, wax burners, lighters and other items are left out in the open. Make certain if you have visiting children in your home that you supervise the toddler, baby or small child at all times.
References for this article include: www.mayoclinic.com/health/child-safety/CC00044