30 Dec, 2020
People give several parenting tips to the parents, all based on their personal experience. This more than often includes safety tips for the kids. If I were to say that parenting is effective, I would say only when every child in a particular home gets adequate care and they are happy and healthy, and the ambience is good enough for them to grow and develop well. I recently came across a scientific report and am in total agreement with their advice regarding key parenting ways for a child’s healthy development:
Respond as the child expects
Show concern & warmth
Make routines and in-house rules
Talk to your child and share books
Keep an eye on health and child safety
Ensure discipline without being harsh
I have a strong feeling that practicing the above will ensure the child’s good health, safety, and also successful development in areas like emotional, behavioral, cognitive, and social.
Since this week is being celebrated as an exclusive ‘Child Safety Week’, by Mastermind School, Bicholi Bypass, Indore, here in this write up we shall focus on child safety only.
Child Safety Toddlers – 1 to 2 years
When the child starts walking with his tiny little feet, balancing and falling and getting up again and sometimes running, it is a great sight of joy for all parents. Enjoy it. But this is a time when as parents you should keep a great vigil on your child because there will be many occasions when he/she may come to walk into dangerous situations or objects that might cause injury to the child. I am giving below certain tips that will help you in ensuring the better safety of your little one.
Studies worldwide have shown that in this particular age drowning is the leading cause of injury and death. So you mustn"t leave your toddler near or around water bodies (for example, bathtubs, pools, ponds, lakes, whirlpools, or the ocean) without you or someone watching her.
Now since they can walk and move around, try climbing stairs or opening and shutting doors or gates, they may injure themselves in the process. Hence, you must block off stairs with little temporary gates. Keep locked the ways to risky places like the kitchen, backyard etc.
These kids are very inquisitive and like to explore new things. The holes in the electrical sockets are among these things. They can easily insert their little fingers in these holes. To avoid any accident you must cover all unused electrical sockets and plug points, especially the ones within the reach of your child.
The kids of this age are unaware of what things can hurt them. They like to touch and feel everything that they can lay their hands on. To avoid burn injuries keep kitchen apparatuses, irons, and warmers out of reach of your baby.
Sharp items, for example, scissors, blades, and pens have often been reported to have caused serious injury to kids of this age. You must always keep such objects at a safe height where your child cannot reach.
Kids of this age also tend to put things in their mouths. So you must keep medicines, household cleaners, poisons and inflammable objects under lock and key.
Sometimes it may so happen that you are out in your car and your child is asleep, and you have to do some work which is likely to take only a few minutes. You may just have an urge to leave the child in the car so as not to disturb him in his sleep. This will be a wrong decision that you will be making. Several untoward incidents have been reported with the child being alone in a vehicle. Even if it is for a very short period, never leave your child alone in a vehicle whether he is awake or asleep.
It is important to make sure that you keep your kid’s vehicle seat back facing in your car. Your child should remain in the back facing seat until she reaches its height. Once your child is taller than the back-facing seat she can then travel in a forward-facing seat. Do not forget to use the seat belt.
Child Safety – 2 to 3 years
Your child by now has learned to move around, and is unstoppable, loves to run at will in all directions, he/she is likely to come across more dangers and that too more frequently. Such situations can happen most unexpectedly where there are many chances of your child getting injured. So you must keep a close watch on your child. If you have a child of this age you have to take extra care to ensure the safety of your child. Here are certain safety measures that you can take:
As I mentioned earlier too, drowning is the most common cause of fatalities in the kids of this age group. You must keep your child away from water bodies like bathtubs, pools, ponds, lakes. If at all the child has to be near a water body, it should always be in the presence of a responsible adult who knows how to swim and can keep an eye on the child.
I have seen on several occasions parents feeding their child when he/she is lying on the bed. Now, this is neither good nor correct. You must know feeding the child in this position can cause choking. Remember to always keep your child in a sitting position while feeding and chewing.
Kids like to play with toys. In the process, the toys break too. You can always replace it with a new one, but if it is your child’s favorite toy, you may find removing it to be a difficult task. Broken toys usually have sharp edges that can hurt your child. The loose part or a broken piece may be of the size that your child can swallow, this can be dangerous. You must always remove the toys with broken or loose parts. To avoid any kind of accident.
While coloring or drawing or writing kids often tend to put pencils or crayons in their mouths. This is neither a healthy nor a safe habit. Discourage your child, needs be keep pointing out that she should not be putting pencils or crayons in her mouth when coloring or drawing.
The kids of this age love to sit on their parent's laps. I have seen many parents having hot coffee or tea while the child is on their lap. Now, this according to me is dangerous. Never hold hot drinks in your hand when the child is on your lap. Accidental spills can hurt or even cause burns and injury to the child.
As said earlier these kids need to be put in the back seat of the car with the seat belt on.
Child Safety – 5 to 6 years
According to me, the safety of your child is no more only your responsibility. As your child is growing and becoming more independent with every passing day, it is important that both you and the child are aware of the safety needs. As your child will be now even moving out alone this becomes even more important as not everything would be in your control. So let us discuss certain very important safety factors to be kept in mind by both you and your child.
I strongly advocate you should educate your child about road safety. This I say as she is going to be more by herself on the roads on her bicycle or tricycle. Let your child know why he/she should keep away from traffic. Also, playing on the street or running after a stray ball is not safe and can cause accidents and injury.
This is an age when kids simply love racing on their bicycle or tricycle, speed excites them. Now neither you can, nor should you stop your child from doing so. It is advisable to give him safety gear like a helmet, elbow and knee guards. This will keep them safe from injuries if they fall. Make your child ride bicycles or tricycles on the sidewalk and away from the street and traffic. Let them know why they should do so.
Kids of this age love being outdoors. Ensuring their safety is a great responsibility and a challenge as well. Keeping a watch on your child at all times is important, more so when the child is playing outdoors. Make sure the outdoor playing area is safe and that there are no loose parts or sharp edges in the playing gears.
Keep your child away from water bodies like swimming pools, water tanks, rivers etc. If you have to, never leave your child unwatched near water bodies. If you are teaching swimming, watch him/her at all times whether in the pool or around it. I would suggest your child should learn swimming under the guidance of an expert swimmer only.
Kids of this age cannot differentiate between good and bad people. They are very vulnerable and can easily fall into the trap of unknown people with wrong intentions. It is best to train your child to keep away from all strangers. You should also instruct your child strongly not to accept eatables from strangers.
Your child is still too small to ride in the front seat of your car. Kids of this age are not very stable. They keep moving their hands and legs. They can be a great distraction to the driver. Hence, it is better to keep your child in a forward-facing car back seat, but of course, with the seat belt buckled up.
Hope this reading will be of help to you in improving the safety standards of your little ones. This information has been taken from the book, ‘Joy of Parenting’ authored by Mr. Naveen Chowdhari, Director of Mastermind School.