Household accidents are a leading cause of death for children. Most of these deaths could easily be prevented. That's why it is important to keep your child's safety in mind at all times. In addition to the baby-proofing steps
from last week, here are some tips to keep your two week old baby safe:
- Use a rear-facing infant or convertible car seat, and place in the back seat until your baby is 1 year old and 20 pounds. Never place your baby in the front seat of a car with a passenger-side airbag.
- To prevent choking, never leave small objects or plastic bags in your baby's reach.
- Put your baby to sleep on his back (alternate positions) to reduce his risk of SIDS and never put him down alone on a water bed, bean bag, or soft blanket that can cover his face and cause choking.
- Prevent falls by not leaving your baby alone on a bed or changing table.
- Until your baby is older and his immune system is stronger, when he is at least two to three months old, it is probably a good idea to keep him from large groups of people or other sick children to minimize his exposure to infections, including daycare, malls, sporting events, etc.
- Know signs and symptoms of illness: fever (Call your pediatrician right away if your baby has a temperature at or above 100.4 before he is 2 to 3 months old), decreased appetite, vomiting, irritability, and lethargy, etc.