"Childproofing" is next to impossible! You can, however, dramatically decrease the risk of injuries by making a few changes to your home and keeping your child under constant supervision.
Everyday Objects to Watch Out For1
- Cords, ribbons, threads and strings: These can get wrapped around your child’s neck. Keep these things at a place where your child can’t reach them, even if he/she climbs on the furniture.
- Purses can contain coins, mints or medications: Store purses where your child can’t get them.
Preventing Falls and Bumps1,2
- Removing tripping hazards from the floor, such as toys, rugs and electrical cords to create a clear play area.
- Secure bookcases, TV cabinets and other furniture to the wall with safety screws.
- Always use a full-body safety harness in prams, strollers, high chairs and shopping trolleys.
- Use a safety gate at the top and bottom of stairs to help prevent falls.
- Keep furniture away from windows and install window locks to prevent windows from opening wide enough for a child to fit through.
Preventing Kitchen Mishaps and scalds1,2
- Store knives and other sharp objects out of your child’s reach.
- Make the area near the stove an off-limits zone.
- Be careful when cooking with hot oil.
- Place hot liquids and food away from the edges of a table. Avoid using a tablecloth – children can pull the edge of the tablecloth and spill hot fluids over themselves.
- Unplug small appliances.
- Place beans, nuts and other choking hazards out of reach.
- Never hold a child while you have a hot drink.
Preventing Bathroom Mishaps1,2
- Supervise your toddler every moment when he/she’s near or in water.
- All medications, cosmetics, cleansers, hair appliances and personal care products should be kept out of your child’s reach.
- Use non-skid bath mats in the bathtub and shower.
- Keep the toilet lid closed and install a toilet seat lock.
Preventing choking hazards1,2
- Be watchful of household items which can pose a choking hazard including pen tops, hair ties, batteries and coins.
- Encourage children to sit calmly eat their meal slowly.
- Check toys regularly for any small parts that can become a choking hazard.
- Do not let your child play with things that can break into small pieces, like Styrofoam
- Toddler’s First Steps-A Best Chance Guide to Parenting Your 6- to 36-Month-Old [Internet]. Available at: https://www.health.gov.bc.ca/library/publications/year/2019/TFS-3rd-edit.... Accessed on Feb 25, 2020.
- Child safety and injury prevention [Internet] [Updated May, 2019]. Available at: https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/healthyliving/child-safety-an.... Accessed on Feb 25, 2020.