Safety Tips

Every year approximately 2 million children are brought to Accident and Emergency departments with injuries in the UK and Ireland and some will die as a result of their injuries. We have outlined here the main points to be aware of to help you keep your baby safe.

Travel

Prams/Carry Cot Bodies

  • Should have a depth of 7½’’ / 19 cm
  • Should have D rings secured to the floor, to which a harness can be attached
  • Should have handles that you can grip with one hand

Pushchairs/Buggies

  • Should have D rings
  • Harness should secure both shoulders, go around the waist and between legs
  • Swivel wheels provide better maneuverability and tracking and should have LINK brakes acting on both back wheels by means of a single lever
  • Buggies need main locking device and secondary locking unit acting directly on the folding mechanism
  • Make sure all safety locks are on before putting your baby in

Most accidents happen when children fall out!

Car Seats

  • Baby should be transported in car seat for every car journey
  • It is not safe to carry a baby on your lap or to put an adult seatbelt around a child and yourself
  • Electric windows can be dangerous to toddlers
  • Most accidents happen within 5 minutes of home
  • Children should not travel with no restraints whatsoever
  • New born should not be kept in car seat for prolonged periodsli>
  • Check it fits
  • Manufacturers recommend that a trained retailer ensures car seat is compatible with your car
  • GROUP 0/0+ (Birth to 13Kg) : Go rearward facing in front or back seat of car and are held in place by adult lap and diagonal seatbelt or Isofix system. Must never be used in front of passenger airbag
  • GROUP 1 (9 to 18Kg): Two way car seats, go rearward facing from birth to 9/13Kg, and forward facing from 9Kg to 18Kg. Use in rear seat. Secure with lap and diagonal belt or Isofix system. Look for good reclining facility.

Slings

  • Most accidents happen when parent falls
  • Wear sensible shoes
  • Don’t cook while carrying baby in a sling

SLEEPING

MOSES BASKET

  • Look out for sharp ends on hard wicker baskets
  • Ensure that fingers cannot be crushed between hard handles and basket
  • Material cover should be one single piece of material covering sides and floor of the basket

Cots

  • Must have minimum depth 23½’’/59 cm
  • Round bars should not be more than 2.3’’/6cm apart
  • Flat bar no more than 2.9’’/7.5cm apart
  • The gap between mattress base and sides should not be more than 1’’/2.5cm apart
  • Avoid horizontal bars and sharp edges
  • If your cot has 4 wheels you must be able to lock at least 2
  • Always raise sides when you put your baby in the cot
  • Cot mattress should fit well
  • There should be a space of no more than 1½’’/4 cm
  • Fiber and sprung interior mattress are firmer and cooler to sleep on than foam
  • Babies under a year do not need pillows

Cot Bumpers & Toys

  • Make sure that string and ties are no more than 8’’/20 cm
  • Remove bumpers and large toys which aid older children to climb out

Reducing the risk of cot death

  • Lay your baby to sleep on his/her back
  • Do not allow baby to get too warm
  • Ideal temperature of baby’s room is 18°C/65°F
  • Do not smoke of let anyone smoke near your baby
  • Do not bring baby into smoky rooms

In the nursery

  • Avoid cords on curtains or blinds
  • Keep cot well clear of heaters and flex from lamps, windows and cupboards

HOUSEHOLD

Baths

  • Never leave your baby alone in a bath
  • Scalding is the most common cause of accident- Put cold water in first

Bouncing Cradles

  • Suitable from birth
  • Most accidents happen when they fall off a raised surface e.g. table/worktop

Travel Cots/Play Pens

  • Should be 2ft/60 cam deep
  • Mesh should be very fine which cannot trap fingers of buttons
  • The top padded rail should be covered

HIGH CHAIRS

  • Most serious accidents happen when children fall out
  • Use a harness which goes over both shoulders
  • When positioned at table we aware of hot drinks and sharp objects

Baby Walkers

  • Cause more accidental injuries than any other single item of equipment and studies indicate they hinder rather than help development

Stair Gates

  • These act as a barrier to prevent your child falling downstairs but they will also fit into doorways

Poisoning

  • Poisoning in the home peaks most between ages 1-3.
  • The most common substances are medicines, bleach, detergents, weed-killer, etc
  • Get medicines in child resistant containers (CRC’s) and store in securely locked cupboards

Fire Guards

  • These should have a top as well as sides and hooks to enable it to be fixed to the wall
  • Cooker Guards/ Electric socker guards/ Kettle Guards/ Cupboard locks are necessities in every home