General Safety Reminders

  • It is always best that someone in the house take an infant CPR class.
  • Wash your hands often to prevent infections from spreading; have visitors and children wash too.

Smoke-Free Zone

  • Maintain a smoke-free zone around your baby.
  • Do not allow smoking near your baby. Babies who grow up in homes with smoke get sick more often and stay sick longer.

Falls

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  • Most accidents involving newborns are the result of falls.
  • Always place an infant seat on a hard, stable surface.
  • Consider installing window guards.
  • Remove furniture and objects that can be used for climbing.
  • Baby gates can be effective for keeping baby out of harm’s way.
  • Choose a high chair with a base that doesn’t wobble and make sure all hardware is intact. The safety belt should be connected to the chair and not the tray.
  • Secure your baby in the stroller using the safety belt.
  • Stay next to the baby during diaper changes; a baby can fall easily from a changing table.

Choking

  • To prevent choking, never use cords in or near the crib or hang anything around the baby’s neck.
  • Keep soft toys, pillows, quilts and loose plastic sheeting away from baby.
  • As your child grows, his instincts are to place items in his mouth. Check all toys for small parts that could cause choking or sharp areas that could cause pain.

Cord Blood Banking

  • Parents who choose to have cord blood banking done must pre-plan prior to delivery. Many parents choosing this option have a family history of diseases that can be treated through stems cells.
  • While reassurance is peace of mind there are costs associated with the banking process and storage. If this is an option that you or your family has chosen please be prepared and plan because the cord blood will be collected during the delivery process or shortly after.

Pregnancy and Flu Shots

  • The Center for Disease Control recommends that pregnant women get flu shots every year during seasonal flu times. Call your doctor to have your flu shot given to you before flu season gets underway. The seasonal shots given between September and December will get you through flu season.