Baby Safety Month
September is National Baby Safety Month, and while the month is almost over, we want to provide you with tips and guidance to keep your baby safe year-round. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, hundreds of children younger than age one die from preventable injuries in America. We know there is nothing you want more as a parent than to keep your child safe, so please take the time to read through these helpful guidelines, written by our very own FNP-BC, Brady Franklin.
Falls are one of the most common causes of injury in children, and can be prevented with forethought and preparation. Your baby is often stronger than you realize and can push themselves off of tall surfaces; as soon as your baby begins rolling, they can accidently roll off of tall surfaces. Never leave your bay unattended on a bed, changing table, or sofa. Of course, you can’t hold your baby every second, so when you need to lay them down, be sure to place them in a safe area, such as their crib or play pen.
Always ensure your baby is secure in their car seat before driving, and double check that the car seat is correctly installed. There are many car seats available, so you need to read and follow the instructions to ensure it is secure and safe. All babies need to be in the back seat in a rear facing car seat. If you are unsure as to whether or not your seat is installed properly, there are inspection stations located at local automobile dealerships, police stations, fire houses, hospitals, and many other places. To find an inspection station in your area, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Inspection stations also can be found by calling 1-866-SEAT-CHECK or visiting http://www.seatcheck.org/.
Unfortunately, burns are a very common cause of injury in babies and toddlers. Never hold your baby and a hot drink or food at the same time, as early as 3 months of age, your baby begins to grab things and can accidently spill the hot liquid on themselves. Additionally, always ensure your fire alarm is on and working. Keep in mind that electronic devices do have limitations: batteries die, and smoke detectors become less sensitive over time. Little things can affect performance, such as dirt and dust. You should regularly check your detectors and remember to replace their batteries. A good rule of thumb is to replace detector batteries every time you change your clocks in the fall and spring. Alternatively, you can shop for more sophisticated models that are equipped with long-life batteries (but again, you should test them monthly to ensure they are working properly).
Babies will put anything and everything in their mouth; this is actually how they first begin to explore and learn about the world around them. It is our job to ensure a safe environment in which they can grow and thrive. Always cut food into very small bites, and never leave objects that are small, round or hard in reach of your baby. This can be especially challenging with families who have multiple children, as the older children’s toys can often be choking hazards.
Always lay your baby to sleep on their back with nothing else in the crib. Your baby should have their own crib free of blankets, toys, stuffed animals, pillows or loose sheets. Never place your baby to sleep on a couch or sofa, and when changing diapers, always keep one hand on your baby to prevent them from rolling off the table and on to the floor.
Such a Baby Face
Let’s be honest: we’ve always had the nicest staff in town, but are they not the CUTEST, too? And now, what you’ve all been reading for: the results of the Name that Baby Face Challenge.
- A: Baby Shanda (Allergy Specialist/NRCMA)
- B: Baby Diego (NRCMA
- C: Baby Abby (BSN, RN)
- D: Baby Jennie (Reception)
- E: Baby Lindsey (Reception)
- F: Baby Blaze (FNP-C)
- G: Baby Brady (FNP-BC)