For your child’s safety, please stop doing these things immediately!
How careful are you about your child’s safety? Are you aware of the fact that something as simple as wheeling your child in a shopping cart can be dangerous? Although we do love our children, most parents never stop to think about the ramifications of common everyday actions concerning kids. ‘Everyone does it’!!But this should never serve as a justification for carelessness.
While reading about these 10 silly but common mistakes made by parents,you no doubt are guilty of at least one .STOP! You are putting your child’s life in danger. To know more about what you should not be doing, read on!
1 Leaving kids locked in a car
Your child can die of suffocation if locked in a car. Although you may not know that, it is TRUE!
On an average 38 kids suffer death or injury in the US as a result of being left locked in a car. The cause of deaths or injury ranged from suffocation and heat to burns from exposure to sun. Despite of such facts, parents still leave kids locked in a car while shopping. Parents, your kids are precious, take them with you!
2 Placing kids on a shopping cart while strapped to a car seat
A shopping cart is made for holding groceries, not your baby. If you can’t manage, get help! Even vehicle manufacturers strongly advise against this foolish but common practice. This is an accident waiting to happen where your baby can take a tumble down to the floor.
3 Dosing babies with Benadryl and phenrgan just to induce sleep
Now this is crazy! OTC drugs such as Benadryl and phenergan although available in kiddy doses are meant to be used as medication. Such formulas are opoid in nature and can have devastating effects even on young children. If you want your child to sleep, rock him or sing him a lullaby instead.
4 Allowing kids to drink coffee
Just because you love a cup ofcoffee, doesn’t mean you should allow your kid too. This is a disturbing trend among young parents to allow their children to have coffee. Did you know coffee can upset a child’s stomach, cause him sleeplessness, and cause frequent urination and nervousness?
5 Allowing your kids to keep on their winter coats while strapped in the car
Every parent loves keeping their kids warm. That is the right thing to do, no doubt, but when your kid is strapped to the seat of your car;it’s time to take the coat off!
When wearing puffed up coats in a car, the straps tend to be tied lose. If you’re in an accident, your child gets thrown from the seat. You could well imagine the worst.
6 Training your child to sleep by locking him in
This is a stupid thing to do. How can you expect little children to sleep in a locked room with the frightening knowledge that they are alone?
Well if that wasn’t scary enough for a child, what’s more frightening is the thought of an emergency such as a fire where your child can’t escape.
7 Travelling up a mall escalator with your baby stroller in tow
You’re in the mall to shop,relax and enjoy a day out. Don’t end it in TRAGEDY! A stroller can roll down the escalator; you could trip or get caught off balance managing your stroller while maintaining a foothold on the escalator. You may find warning signs against such practices at the mall; heed them for the sake of your child’s safety. Take an elevator instead.
8 Hoisting children up on tables while on their bouncers or car seats
A bouncer or a car seat is designed for a specific purpose. They are meant for low level surfaces and your car. If you want your baby on the table, ensure you support him instead. Common practices of putting kids in a bouncer on high surfaces are a lazy and silly thing to do. Your child can fall!!
9 Carelessness of leaving things in the open and not baby proofing your home
Your child is a curious bundle of joy; don’t let him end up being a bundle of sadness instead. Household items such as loose medication, needles, clips and small objects are life threatening objects for a child. Moreover, sharp edges, stairs, hard objects and wires can injure or strangulate your baby.
Although sad but true, most child recorded deaths are the result of unintentional injuries. So get your home baby proofed and make it as safe as possible for your little toddler.
10 Not strapping your baby in a high chair
While most parents do remember to strap a kid into a car, at home it’s another story. Remember, despite of an adult nearby, a baby in a high chair can easily slip and fall to the ground within a second. Why take an unnecessary risk in injuring your child. When using a stroller or high chair, strap him in at all times.
Most child injuries in the US have been caused by comprising child’s safety on objects like high chairs.
Your baby is precious; nothing is more joyful than the laughter of a happy baby. Ensure that they stay that way by keeping them safe in a secure environment.