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Protect Your Child During Baby Safety Month

mother holding infant

September is National Baby Safety Month. This is a great opportunity for parents to educate themselves on how to keep infants safe and healthy.

  • In the kitchen: Don’t hold your baby while cooking and turn pot handles toward the back to prevent anything from being tipped over. Keep knives, breakable dishes, anything hazardous in locked cupboards. Use those child safety locks!
  • In the nursery: Move furniture away from the windows. Make sure the mattress and sheets fit snugly in the crib.
  • Out and about: Always use a car seat. If you’re out walking, have the stroller in the locked position. Place any storage beneath the stroller seat and do not have anything heavy hanging from the stroller.

Dental Tips for Baby Safety Month

When teeth appear, brush them twice daily with an infant toothbrush and training toothpaste, which doesn’t contain fluoride. You can begin flossing when you see two teeth touching each other.

After your baby takes a bottle, gently wash their teeth with a wet cloth, so the milk doesn’t stick to the teeth. For toddlers, encourage them to drink water every time they eat, so their teeth are getting cleansed regularly.

Baby bottle tooth decay is a real thing and can be prevented. It is important to wean your child from the bottle by the age of one to prevent damage from occurring.

Even a sippy cup can contribute to tooth decay, particularly if your child is drinking milk or juice. While no-spill cups are popular, the valves make it so your child cannot sip. They end up sucking the liquid, much like milk from a bottle, which can cause similar issues to bottle tooth decay.

Eye Care for Baby Safety Month

By having an exam, your child’s eye doctor can help detect nearsightedness, farsightedness and astigmatism. As well as, lazy eye, crossed eyes, drooping of the eyelid and color blindness.

If the pediatrician suspects that your child has a vision problem, make an appointment with your local optometrist. There are specific things they’ll want to look for like…

  • Wandering or crossed eyes
  • Family history of vision problems
  • No interest in reading
  • Squinting when watching television