Hidden dangers to your small child in the house
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Reorganize kitchen cabinets – Put breakables up high and consider making a designated kid cabinet for play.
Secure Air Conditioning floor grates – These can pose a danger if not properly installed. Curious babies and toddlers can even fall in them. Parents carrying their kids can trip on them.
And just because it’s a story that needs to be told, they can also get pooped in… we have experience.
Be aware of screen doors – The piston on screen doors and storm doors (if you have one) can pinch little fingers. When our daughter was learning to stand, she would pull herself up on this and one time the door hadn’t closed all the way and her fingers got pinched.
Toilet lid latches – This will keep kids from playing in the toilet and keep them from falling in. Our 27 month old even fell in and couldn’t get out while trying to use the restroom. Of course, she was fine, but younger kids could have been hurt and the youngest of kid can peek in and it become a drowning hazard.
Know the toilet paper roll choking rule- If it can fit into a cardboard tube, then it’s a choking hazard. This is typically an inch to and inch and a quarter.
Eliminating mosquito breeding grounds – Because mosquitoes can be disease carriers, it’s best to do what’s necessary to keep them at bay. This can be done in a non-toxic way by making sure all standing water is dealt with and then placing lemongrass plants around patios and where you’ll be spending time.
Building potty steps – This ensures that as our child is old enough, they can safely mount and dismount the toilet. Our oldest daughter has more than once fallen trying to get up on toilets or even climb on the toilet to then wash her hands. So prevent this with the proper step stool.
Battery storage and disposal – There needs to be a designated storage place for batteries that is secure. Plus, make sure that you have a pail for disposing them because even if you’re throwing them away, kids love to dig in the trash. Because kids swallowing batteries is a scary prospect, especially the tiny button batteries.
Coins and pocket change – These can be extremely dangerous chocking hazards posing as hidden treasures in your couch cushions!
Pet Food – Beyond it just being something we may not want, a lot of times dog food and other pet food can have salmonella and other issues associated with it and people have gotten it just from unsafe handling. Put food in a plastic tub and in a different, closed-off room if possible.
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