Household Safety: Preventing Suffocationenparentshttps://kidshealth.org/EN/images/headers/P-householdSuff-enHD-AR1.gifBecause babies aren't yet able to raise their heads, they need special protection from suffocation. But small children are at risk, too. Some simple rules can help you protect them.child proof, childproof, childproofing, child proofing, baby, toddler, toddlers, infant, infants, newborn, newborns, safety, medicines, medications, cleaning supplies, poisons, poison control, gates, cabinet locks, cruising, crawling, walking, toddling, rolling, playpens, safety gates, houseplants, plants09/27/200501/09/202001/09/2020Melanie L. Pitone, MD01/01/20209eb3117c-981e-47f9-84d1-cd80539dcedahttps://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/safety-suffocation.html/<p>Newborns and young infants can't lift their heads well, so can get stuck in a position that blocks their breathing, called smothering or suffocation. Young children have better head control, but still have a small risk of smothering too.</p> <h3>How Can I Protect My Child From Suffocation?</h3> <h4>Safe sleep:</h4> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Always lay an infant down on their back on a firm mattress.</li> <li>Never place an infant on soft surfaces such as comforter, fluffy rug, or soft mattress.</li> <li>Never put an infant down on a mattress covered with plastic.</li> <li>Keep blankets, pillows, stuffed animals, or plush toys out of <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/safety-crib.html/">the crib</a>.</li> <li>Don&rsquo;t use crib bumpers.</li> <li>Make sure your baby's <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/products-cribs.html/">crib mattress</a> is the right size and fits snugly in the crib. This keeps a baby from getting caught between the mattress and the crib sides.</li> <li>Make sure your baby's crib sheet fits snugly on the mattress to keep it from coming off and getting wrapped around your baby's head. You also can buy crib sheet holders to keep sheets in place.</li> <li>Don't put an infant to sleep on an adult bed, couch, or other soft surface.</li> <li>Infants should not share a bed with other children or adults. Bed-sharing can cause a baby to be smothered.</li> </ul> <h4>Household safety:</h4> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li>Tie several knots in plastic shopping bags and dry-cleaning bags before throwing them out or recycling.</li> <li>Keep all plastic bags, including garbage bags and sandwich-style plastic bags, out of the reach of young kids.</li> <li>Keep balloons, including deflated balloons, out of reach. Quickly clean up and safely throw away pieces of broken balloons.</li> </ul> <h3>Be Prepared</h3> <p>If you're expecting a baby or already have a child, it's a good idea to:</p> <ul class="kh_longline_list"> <li><a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/childproof.html/">Childproof your home.</a> 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.</li> <li>Learn <a href="https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/cpr.html/">cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)</a> and the age-appropriate Heimlich maneuver so you are ready in case of emergency.</li> </ul> <p>Even with these precautions in place, kids still can get hurt and accidents do happen. But being prepared will help you to act quickly and confidently in the event of an emergency.</p>Seguridad en casa: cómo prevenir la asfixiaDebido a que los bebés aun no pueden levantar sus cabezas por sí solos, necesitan protección especial para evitar accidentes por sofocación. Los niños pequeños también tienen riesgo de sufrir este tipo de accidentes.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/es/parents/safety-suffocation-esp.html/5c633d4b-5b0b-424f-b5c6-dacee09a3522
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Household Safety ChecklistsYoung kids love to explore their homes, but are unaware of the potential dangers. Learn how to protect them with our handy household safety checklists.https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/household-checklist.html/dc6bee21-6c4d-41fb-a5fa-136ae12e0017
Safe Sleep for Babies (Video)Guard against sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) by learning how to safely put your baby to sleep. https://kidshealth.org/ws/RadyChildrens/en/parents/safesleep-video.html/f34c4019-1d5a-473c-bf48-59453d6f52c5
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