Newborn Safety

Getting the Nursery ready

Be safe when preparing the nursery – As always, when painting or working with other chemicals, it is imperative to ensure proper ventilation. You should also be very careful not to lift more than your healthcarae provider recommends or may risk damaging the muscles and ligaments in your abdomen that will be critical for a growing baby and for during delivery. If possible, leave the bulk or the heavier components of the nursery preparation to someone else. You can always supervise and delegate without having to inhale any dangerous fumes or do any heavy lifting!

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Never Shake the baby

Each year there are news reports of an infant that becomes a victim of being shaken, often causing irreparable brain damage and many times resulting in death. It is important that all people that have contact with the baby is aware of this because many times, it is not the mother who shakes the baby, but a partner, relative or caretaker. Informing everyone of this information is the best way to ensure the safety of your new baby.

If the baby is crying too much, and you are frustrated, put the baby down on their back in a safe place. Take a break from the sound of crying and take a warm shower to help you relax while the baby eventually settles down. Other things you can do are to call a friend, swaddle your baby, make sure you are eating right and get good quality sleep.

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Try calling the Parental stress line:  1-800-632-8188 

You can also visit their website at 

http://www.parentshelpingparents.org/#!parental-stress-line/c1xu8


Crib bars should be less than 2-3/8 inches apart, mattress should fit snugly and crib sides should always be up, you do not want small open spaces where the infant can roll over and get stuck. Do not hang objects over the crib. Infants do not require a pillow until the age of 2 years old, and placing a pillow behind the newborn head can be dangerous because it can hyper flex the head and interfere with breathing.

The consumer product safety commission has a great video on crib safety:

Bathing

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Always test bath water and keep the water heater temperature at low setting. Never leave an infant unattended in the bath.

Bottle safety

The temperature of a bottle feed should be tested before it is given to the newborn. You can test this by squirting a little on your wrist. You should never heat a bottle in the microwave, a microwave does not heat liquids up evenly and can leave “hot” spots where you can be easily burnt.

Never leave an infant unattended on a high surface.  Avoid rolling off beds and tables, use car seat,

Home Safety

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Provide a smoke free environment for your baby. Check that smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working.

Botulism

Do not give your newborn honey or karo syrup or honey because this can contain levels of botulism and cause terrible harm to your baby.

 


Safe Sleep – Cribs and Infant Products. (2020, May 29). Retrieved October 31, 2020, from https://www.cpsc.gov/SafeSleep