Parents want nothing more than to keep their children safe. This can seem like it would be easy, but there are so many things to consider, so it can end being overwhelming. As dentists, we play an important part in a child’s health care team, and your baby’s safety is important to us! So here are some helpful tips for keeping your baby safe!
Having a baby is an incredible time in your life, there is so much that is new, and fun. It also means you get to buy or get a bunch of baby products including strollers, cribs, bouncers, toys, and much more. It can be a lot of fun choosing which products to use, and we would suggest doing research to ensure that the product you choose doesn’t have any safety issues or recalls. Always follow the manufacturer recommendations when it comes to how to use it and the age and weight. Register the product on the manufacturer’s website. That way if there is a recall you will be notified.
Childproofing doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Try to look at your house from the viewpoint of your child. You should look for choking hazards, sharp objects, tripping or falling hazards, and anything else that could be dangerous. Make sure there isn’t any piece of furniture that could fall over on your baby. The list of things you have to childproof may change once they become more mobile. Also, cover outlets to prevent electrical shock.
One important aspect of keeping your child safe is keeping them healthy. Don’t neglect to visit your pediatrician regularly, since this will ensure your baby is growing and developing properly. Part of their regular health visits should be the dentist. We would suggest having them visit the dentist within 6 months of their first tooth, or by their first birthday.
Your baby will love exploring the world, and putting everything they can into their mouth. But this can be dangerous since they could choke on something, or there could be germs that will make them sick. Sharing your spoon or straw with your baby is actually not always a great idea since you could put a harmful, cavity-causing, bacteria into your child’s mouth. Also make sure to start brushing their teeth from a young age, and make this something they do every day.
These are all ways you can keep your baby safe, but talk to the dentist if you would like more advice on how to take care of your child’s oral health and safety!