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Keep Your Child Out of the ER with These Essential Childproofing Tips

Many of the most common childhood injuries and other emergencies occur at home. This is because young children are often curious, inquisitive, and resourceful, finding trouble in places that parents often consider inaccessible. Understanding the risks your home poses to a young child and how you can minimize these dangers can help you prevent a trip to your Plantation ER for emergency care.

Block Unsafe Paths

Falls are a common childhood injury that can be avoided with a few simple preventive steps. Using baby gates to block off stairs or doorways to hazardous areas in your home will keep your child from accessing these areas. Baby gates should be put into place as soon as your child starts crawling on his own, and are typically recommended for use until your child reaches two years of age.

Prevent Unintended Access

Babies and toddlers love opening cabinets and drawers; however, this habit can often lead to injuries or poisoning. Childproof safety latches and locks should be placed on all cabinets and drawers to keep your child from accessing these areas; additionally, consider keeping medications or cleaning chemicals in a locked area, such as a garage, or in a wall-mounted medicine cabinet well out of reach of a young child.

Eliminate Scalding Dangers

Scalds are a commonly overlooked home hazard, but also an injury that is easily avoided. Installing anti-scald devices on all faucets and showerheads can help to regulate water temperature and prevent water that is too hot from contacting your baby’s skin. You can also opt to turn down your water heater’s temperature to 120 degrees or lower to ensure your home’s hot water doesn’t pose a scalding danger.

Westside Regional Medical Center’s kid-friendly ER and pediatric intensive care unit is available 24/7 to provide comprehensive pediatric emergency care in Plantation, FL. If you have questions about your child’s health or the best ways to childproof your home, please call our Consult-A-Nurse hotline at (954) 722-9933 for personalized advice or a physician referral. You can also take a look through our website for more details on our women’s health and pediatric care services.

Categories: Emergency, Pediatrician

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