Safety Tips - Safe Kids Cobb County

Safety Tips - Safe Kids Cobb County
PREVENTING CHILDHOOD AIRWAY OBSTRUCTION INJURIES
Because most infant suffocation occurs in the sleeping environment, infants should sleep
only in properly equipped cribs. They should never sleep on couches, chairs, regular
beds or other soft surfaces.
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Place an infant on his or her back on a firm, flat crib mattress in a crib with a JPMA
label indicating that it meets national safety standards. The mattress should be covered
with a fitted sheet.
Remove pillows, comforters, stuffed toys and other soft products from the crib.
Use a sleep sack or swaddle to keep the child warm, or tuck in a light blanket that goes
no higher than the chest.
To avoid choking, always supervise young children while they are eating, and keep small
objects that are potential choking hazards out of their reach.
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Do not allow children under age 3 to eat small, round or hard foods, including hot
dogs, hard candy, nuts, grapes and popcorn.
Get on the floor on your hands and knees, so that you are at your child’s eye level.
Look for and remove small items such as jewelry, coins, buttons, pins, nails and
stones. Be sure to keep all plastic bags out of reach.
Keep cords and strings that could be strangulation hazards (those that are 7 inches or
longer) away from children.
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Never hang anything on or above a crib with string or ribbon longer than 7 inches.
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Never put a long cord like a necklace, ribbon or bib with ties on an infant.
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Clip pacifiers to clothing with short leashes, not long cords.
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Remove hood and neck drawstrings from all children’s clothing.
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Remove hood and neck drawstrings from all children’s outerwear. Never allow
children to wear helmets, necklaces, purses, scarves or clothing with drawstrings while
on playgrounds.
Tie up all window blind and drapery cords, or cut the ends and retrofit with safety
tassels. The inner cords of blinds should be fitted with cord stops.
Don’t use toys with cords longer than 7 inches.
Make sure toys and other items children play with do not pose choking or suffocation
hazards.
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Ensure that children play with age-appropriate toys, as indicated by choking hazard
safety labels. Inspect old and new toys regularly for damage that may cause small
pieces to break off. Consider purchasing a small parts tester to determine whether toys
and objects in your home may present a choking hazard to young children.
Make sure toy chests have no lids or have safety hinges. Do not permit children access
to household appliances where they could become trapped, such as refrigerators or
dryers.
Don’t let children under age 8 blow up balloons. Use Mylar balloons instead of latex
balloons. If you must use latex balloons, store them out of reach of children, and
deflate and discard balloons and balloon pieces of use.
Sleeping environment safety remains important for children up to age 8.
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Children under age 8 should not be allowed to sleep on the top bunk of a bunk bed.
Ensure that all spaces between the guardrail and bed frame, and all spaces in the head
and foot boards, are less than 3.5 inches.
Learn CPR for infants and children and the Heimlich maneuver for choking.
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