Child Safety: Baby
Having a baby will mean making some changes changes in-and-around the home environment to help reduce the risk of common everyday accidents and help to keep baby safe. Parent/carer should have an awareness of what could potentially create a risk and take steps to minimise where possible – We teach new parents to be ONE STEP AHEAD and learn to anticipate what baby may do next and what action would be recommended!
Here we share some top tips to help new parents understand more about keeping baby safe:
- Falls from a high surfaces is one of the most common accident for babies
- Baby’s skin is thinner than an adult therefore hot drinks can burn up to 15 minutes after being made – never hold a baby and drink a hot drink at the same time – where do you place hot drinks for you and visitors in your home?
- Threats to breathing such as choking, strangulation, suffocation and SIDS (Sudden Infant Death syndrome) are the highest cause of death in babies under 12 months and we highlight to parents what type of situation could put baby at risk such as suffocation from nappy sacks, toys and blankets etc.
- As baby develops and becomes mobile, rolling over then crawling they will learn to do what comes naturally and that is investigate everything around them but they have no concept of danger – they are reliant on their parent/carer to ensure the surroundings are safe for them to explore!
What Safe at Home can offer Luton families with a child aged between 0-5:
- Keeping Baby Safe Stage 2 – Is a FREE Home Safety Check with our friendly Safe at Home advisor who will do a 1-1 walk through of each room, discussing with parent/carer all potential hazards and providing top tips to help parent/carer minimise risk in the home & garden – parent will receive a copy of the advisory report and information regarding installing child safety equipment to help prevent accidents.
- If the household is in receipt of benefits such as Universal Credit or other benefits they may also qualify for free child safety equipment, this will be assessed during the Home Safety Check and allocated accordingly.
- Child Safety Equipment can be purchased via Safe at Home for families who are not eligible for free equipment.
*NOTE: Safe at Home Service is only available to families who live in Luton – families in other areas should contact their health visitor to find out about child injury prevention services in their area.
T&C’s apply – check the Safe at Home website for full details.