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Avoiding Strangulation


Children can easily suffer strangulation by getting things caught around their necks in unexpected ways. Additionally, kids can choke on food and other items around the house. Below are some safety tips that can be used to keep your baby safe:


Manage Cords and Strings


Make sure strings and cords, including the ones attached to window blinds, are kept out of the reach of your child. Move all furniture pieces, cribs and toys away from windows and any cord or string attached to the windows. If you reside in a house where replacing the window coverings is not an option, ensure that you are following all the safety rules and do what you can to ensure the safety of your child.


Check Accessories and Clothes


Remove purses, scarves, necklaces, helmets and clothes with drawstrings when kids are sleeping or playing. Do not attach ribbons or strings to a toy or pacifier. Jewelry can also be dangerous and bibs should be removed before bed.


Make Meals Safe and Fun


When feeding toddlers, ensure the food is cut into tiny pieces. A child under the age of 5 should not be give round, small or hard foods. These include hard candy, hot dog pieces, cheese chunks or sticks, grapes, nuts, popcorn or marshmallows. Young kids should eat at the table or in a high chair, not while playing or lying down. Supervising a baby while he or she is playing or eating is very important.


Protect Your Child From Small Objects


Go on the ground on your hands and knees to see the world from the point of view of your child. When you are at the eye level of the child, you can look for and remove any small item you might find. These may include beads, buttons, pins, jewelry and marbles.


Lookout for Missing or Dislodged Magnets


Small magnets must be kept away from kids. Magnets can be found in items like toys, construction sets, and on the refrigerator. Inspect toys or games that have magnets on them. You should also regularly inspect play areas for dislodged or missing magnets.


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