Injury prevention: 1 to 2 years old
Children need constant supervision!
Your child can run, climb, jump, open doors/cabinets, doesn't understand/remember what danger means, what hot means, what poison means, what drowning means.
- Poison Prevention: Lock up all toxic cleaners/substances. Leave in original container. Do not leave medications in your purse. Use safety caps. Look for non-toxic household products to use. Keep bottle of syrup of ipecac on hand, only use if poison control center has instructed you to use it.
- To prevent choking, children under the age of four should avoid eating grapes, raw carrots, hard candy, hot dogs, spoonfuls of peanut butter or other small, hard pieces of food.
- Children over one year old AND 20 pounds can be placed in a forward-facing car seat with a harness in the back seat. The back seat is the safest place for any child to ride in a car.
- If you have a pool, have a self-latching gate, a fence that is five feet tall surrounding the pool. and the spaces between the slats should be three inches or less. If your child is missing, always check the pool first. Children can drown in any standing water including just two inches of water. Turn buckets and pails upside down. Always close the toilet seat. Never leave children alone in the bathtub.
- Be sun safe. Apply sunscreen with at least a SPF 15 to your child while in the sun and be sure to reapply frequently. Have your child wear hats, clothing, and sunglasses. Avoid the sun, when possible, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and drink plenty of water.
- Avoid burns. Babies have thin skin and any burn can be serious. Set the hot water thermostat at 120 degrees. If a baby gets burned, hold burned area under cool tap water. Don't put any butter, oil or other ointments on burns. Call the pediatrician.