Infant Safety in the Home

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Learn the top tips for keeping your baby safe at home.

    Dr. Jamie Freishtat: Hi! I am Dr. Jamie Freishtat, a pediatrician from Safe Kids USA. Today I'll be discussing infant safety in the home. Unintentional injuries are the leading cause of death and disability in children between the ages of 1 and 14. Unfortunately, unintentional injuries happen far too often in infants as well. These injuries can occur anywhere, but many take place at home.

    However, there are measures we all can take to help keep our infants safer at home. Also, don't forget that unintentional injuries can happen anywhere our infants go. So you want to be sure to follow these tips in all places your children might be going.

    In this video series, we will cover five areas that are of great risk, the safety of infants in the home. I will explain why your baby maybe at risk, and what you as a parent can do to keep them safe from unintentional injury. As a mom and a pediatrician, I know how important this truly is. First, I will show you how to prevent fire injuries and burns at bath time, in the kitchen, and around the house. Then, I'll discuss the various chocking, suffocation, and strangulation hazards that you should be on a look out for, such as food, toys, and household items.

    Next, we'll discuss how to keep your kids safe from serious falls in the bedroom and around the house. Next, we'll talk about drowning prevention, and simple tips to keep your kids safe in and around water. Lastly, we'll look at poison prevention related to medicines, household products, and carbon monoxide.

    Before we begin, I'd like you tell you a little bit about Safe Kids USA. Safe Kids USA is a member of Safe Kids Worldwide, a global network of organizations whose mission is to prevent unintentional childhood injury. More than 600 coalitions in the United States and 19 member countries bring together child and health experts, educators, corporations, foundations, governments, and volunteers to protect and educate families. Let's get started!