A recent British study revealed that almost a quarter of parents do not feel they know how to administer infant or child first aid. While 21% of parents have been in a first aid situation involving their children, only 31% felt confident in doing so. 38% were so insecure in their skills they worried their child would die, 20% thought their child would suffer lasting injury and 11% were unable to act, freezing completely. Children, especially infants, rely on their parents for every need. In addition to learning basic first aid skills, which every parent should do before having a baby, and taking refresher courses every two years, it is wise to take all precautions to safeguard the home. Here are some recommendations for ways to protect children within the home:
2. Outlet plugs: tiny fingers love poking into electrical outlets, which are conveniently low to the ground. Stick outlet plugs into all electrical outlets to keep inquisitive fingers out of harm's way.
3. Corner protectors: harmless before, corners become a major safety hazard with children in the home, perfect for bumping little heads when learning to stand.
5. Gate: there are some areas of the home young children should not enter alone, for instance, up or down the stairs, in the kitchen, or in the bathroom. To ensure young children do not wander into potentially unsafe areas of the home, installing a baby gate is necessary.
6. First aid kit: no matter how well you prepare, accidents happen. It is vital to have a first aid kit handy for these instances, to be able to quickly and calmly attend to your little one's needs. Shockingly, the poll found that while 84% of parents make an attempt to childproof the home, not even half keep a first aid kit in the home.