Choosing a Crib is part of the fun of being an expectant parent. However you need to be sure of what you’re choosing. You can follow the tips and safety guidelines in healthychildren.org’s “Choosing A Crib.” These guidelines are in place to help try and prevent SIDS, and other infant related tragedies, from occurring.
Archive for October 2012
The annual “Safe Sleep Sabbath” event is coming up on Oct. 14, 2012. The program was started to help bring awareness to pregnant mothers about the importance of sleeping arrangements for their newborns. SIDS, which has been linked to different methods of sleeping claims many infant lives every year. The Safe Sleep Sabbath reaches out to mothers to give them support, and tips for keeping their newborns safe.
Medical professionals are urging parents to remove the bumper pads from the cribs of their infants, after recent studies show that they do more harm than good. Bumper pads have been the cause of death in more than a few supposed SIDS related cases. For more on the subject, read Melanie Monroe Rosen’s “Get Bumpers Out Of Cribs, Doctor Group Urges.”
“In Memory Of Mason,” written by Brian Walker, is in remembrance of a 5-month old who died in 2003 of SIDS. His mother has started a non-profit organization called Inland Northwest SIDS Foundation, and has organized a First Run For the Angels to raise SIDS awareness. SIDS is a condition that strikes many infants, and while there is no concrete known cause for SIDS, there are some precautions that can be taken.
SIDS is a very real and horrifying possibility for new parents, and their newborns. Everything possible is being done to educate parents and prevent SIDS from claiming another newborn life. Lexington Medical Center is doing its part to help by making sure that all parents go home with onesies, and night-lights with tips for their taking care of their babies. You can read more about SIDS awareness month in, “Hospital Honors SIDS Awareness Month By Distributing Onesies.”
Taking care of our kids is the most important thing on our to-do list every single day, one not without its challenges and difficulties. From checking car seats and baby-proofing, to staying away from child molesters, protect your family better with our featured stories for this week:
- Timothy Boyer’s article talks about the potential dangers of playing with trampolines. Learn how these backyard buddies can turn on you with your children and how you can protect your family better.
- Rachel Azevedo’s news story recounts the increasing challenge of child safety, especially from strangers and wrongdoers. Should you be completely honest with your kids to protect them?
- Taylor Ashley’s full report on the recently held Lowe’s Kids Safety Day shares photos and details on how paramedics, firefighters and parents came together to promote and celebrate the importance of child safety.
- The Washington Post shares Maryland’s modifications on the child safety seat law, which removes the weight of the child as an indicator of the need for a car seat.
- Cheryl R. Dalton gives some tips on childproofing every home for parents. Make your home the safest place for your kids.
- Our commentary for the week talks about the increasing dangers that pose constant risk for our kids – especially when we aren’t around to look after them. Read more on “Revisiting Stranger Danger.”
The safety of our kids is always our top priority, whether it is inside our homes, at school, or elsewhere. Unfortunately, we cannot be all eyes on them every minute. Because of this, a lot of measures have to be taken into consideration. For starters, parents are into childproofing every room at home, installing baby monitors, and other safety pointers.
The sad truth is that sometimes things are out of our control and there are just too many dangerous circumstances in the outside world. In fact, there are some people who can do very disturbing things to our children. Kidnapping and rape are among these cases – often without the knowledge of the children themselves, as they are lured into going with the flow because they were offered candy or a game or something.
In response to the escalating number of such cases, parents are becoming extra cautious with their children’s lives and activities outside the house and after school. Most schools are installing surveillance cameras as well to do their part in preventing any mishap of this kind from taking place under their care. One thing that parents can do is to talk directly with their kids, despite how uncomfortable and difficult this might be for both the parents and the children. Increasing the awareness and vigilance of the children can, in a way or two, minimize the risk that they will fall prey easily to the hands of wrongdoers. Rachel Azevedo talks more about this bold step taken by parents in her story for CBS47.tv.
For children, there cannot be any other place that is safer than where their home is. Parents try to live up to this promise through a variety of ways, one of which is childproofing. Younger kids – preschoolers, toddlers and infants alike – are always on the go as they go on exploring the world. This curiosity often leads to accidents and other dangerous escapades (choking, poisoning, suffocation, etc.). Find out how you can childproof your safe haven with these pointers from Cheryl R. Dalton.
In Maryland, weight will no longer be an indicator for a child to be able (or not) to travel without a car seat. Motorists were informed by the authorities as the changes are being implemented. Instead of age and weight, the new indicators would be age and height. Get the details of the revised child safety seat law from The Washington Post.
Beyond the clowns and jovial games, the locals of Port Orange celebrated Lowe’s Kids Safety Day with the whole family, keeping child safety in mind. Paramedics and firefighters, along with other authorities, led the event with demonstrations of what happens during accidents, how to avoid them, and what to do in case they take place. Check out Taylor Ashley’s full report from the field.