|Making grandkid time carefree|
Keep this important information posted on your refrigerator or near the phone. You’ll have ready access in case of emergency.
- 1-800-222-1222 for poison-control center (this national toll-free number can be used to connect to a local poison-control center)
- 911 for police
- 911 for fire department
- Parents’ work numbers, cell phone numbers and pager numbers
Assemble a first-aid kit to keep on hand. Include:
- antidiarrheal preparations
- ice packs
- children’s acetaminophen
These days, plenty of grandparents are on day-care duty. But whether you’re babysitting or simply hosting family gatherings, childproofing your home will allow you to relax. For peace of mind, consider these tips:
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- If you’ve set up a crib at your house, make sure the slats are no more than 2 3/8 inches apart and that the mattress fits snugly.
- Never leave an infant unattended on a changing table, in the bath or on the middle of a bed.
- Prevent scalds by lowering the water temperature to between 120•F and 125•F.
- Make sure high chairs are sturdy and “tip-proof.” Keep babies securely fastened.
- Install gates at the top and bottom of stairs, and don’t use baby walkers.
- Lock all windows or install safety guards.
- Install childproof fasteners on kitchen and bathroom cabinets, where poisonous items may be stored.
- Choose trash receptacles with secure lids.
Avoiding ‘hot’ hazards
- Make sure matches are out of reach.
- Cover electrical outlets with safety plugs.
- In the kitchen, use the back burners on the stovetop and turn pot handles toward the back of the stove.
Keeping airways clear
- Inspect toys for small, loose or moving parts that could present choking hazards.
- Don’t give preschool-age kids hot dogs, nuts, popcorn, raw carrots, hard candy or any other foods that could easily get stuck in the throat.
- Store plastic garbage bags in a protected spot, and discard dry-cleaning bags immediately.
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