Kids can get things caught around their neck (strangulation) or get their head
or limbs stuck (entrapped) in unexpected ways. Knowing the risks will help you keep
your child safe.
How Can I Keep My Child Safe?
To protect kids from strangulation:
Don't put necklaces or headbands on your baby.
Don't dress young kids in clothes with drawstrings, which can get caught during
play or sleep. Cut drawstrings out of your baby or young child's hoods, jackets, and
waistbands. Cut strings off mittens.
Remove your infant's bib before naptime and bedtime.
Don't tie a pacifier around your baby's neck or clip it to your baby's clothing
with a ribbon or piece of string.
In the baby's room:
Keep mobiles out of your baby's reach. Remove them from the crib when
your child can push to their hands and knees or is about 5 months. Clip strings or
ribbons off crib toys.
Don't hang diaper bags or purses on cribs.
Place the crib or child's bed, far from window blinds or curtains.
In the home:
Secure power, phone, and cable wires so they aren't dangling or loose.
Make sure baby gates can't trap a child's head.
Tie all window blinds and drapery cords up high out of reach, or cut the ends
and attach safety tassels.
To protect kids from getting their head or limbs trapped:
Always watch when your baby is in a stroller. Babies can slide down and trap their
Choose a toy chest without a lid.
Don't use cribs with cutouts in the headboard or footboard.
Make sure the crib
mattress is the right size and fits snugly in the crib. This keeps a baby from
getting caught between the mattress and the crib sides.
Don't put infants to sleep on adult beds or couches, where they can get stuck
in soft surfaces.
Don't use bumper pads in cribs because they can trap kids against the side of
Make sure crib slats are no more than 2-3/8 inches (6 centimeters) apart. Anything
wider can trap a child's head.
Guard rails on bunk beds or toddler beds should have only a narrow space between
the rail and the mattress. Do not allow kids younger than 6 to sleep on a bunk bed.
If you're expecting a baby or already have a child, it's a good idea to:
Childproof your home.
Get down on your hands and knees in every room of your home for a kid's-eye view.
Remove or lock away items that could be dangerous.