As a new (or veteran!) parent, it is helpful to review child safety procedures to ensure that you are creating a safe environment for your child and prepared for emergency situations. Here are some child safety resources for you.
Infant and Child CPR
CPR instructions and videos are not a replacement for classes. We encourage you to find child safety classes in your community. Classes may be provided through such locations as the American Red Cross, your OBGYN, your local hospital, or your local pregnancy resource center.
Fevers, Seizures, and More
Talk to your baby’s pediatrician about your concerns. Ask about your pediatrician about their office procedures: What signs should I look for? What temperature is “too high”? When should I call? Who should I call? When should we go to the emergency room?
Make sure that you add your pediatrician’s office and emergency phone numbers into your cell phone.
Child Car Seat Safety
The following are recommendations for safely securing and traveling with your child in the car.
- Car Seats: Information for Families (HealthyChildren.org)
If you need further support and assurance, many fire departments, hospitals, parenting classes, and other organizations will provide car seat safety checks and support.
Before your baby starts crawling, use these tips and checklists to child proof your home.
- Babyproofing (Parents.com)
- Childproofing Checklist: Before your baby crawls (BabyCenter.com)
- 101 Baby-Proofing Tips: THe Ultimate Guide for a Safe Home (Baby Gates Expert)