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6 Feb 2013

100 Safety Rules Every Parent Should Follow (41 - 60)

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In and Around Water
Sure, swimming can be a great way to spend the day, but it also comes with inherent risks. Minimize your child’s risk of drowning or injury by following these 10 rules when playing in and around water.
  1. Practice touch supervision. Regardless of skill level, children should always be closely supervised and within arm’s reach when they’re in and around water.
  2. Use caution with kiddie pools. Kiddie pools hold enough water for a young child to drown in, so children should be constantly supervised when they’re in and around them.
  3. Take wet bathing suits off as soon as possible. Young girls who wear wet bathing suits for too long after swimming are at risk for developing a yeast infection.
  4. Insist on water shoes. When heading to the beach, insist on water shoes. Hot sand can burn little feet and sharp seashells can cut them.
  5. Offer water often. Preventing dehydration is essential to keeping kids healthy during the warmer months.
  6. Apply sunscreen properly. Applying sunscreen properly is essential to preventing sunburn.
  7. Be sure pool covers are in good working order. Make sure there isn’t any space under the pool cover that children could get under and check covers regularly for pooling water.
  8. Insist on lifejackets. Life jackets are essential for kids who are in or around water, especially when boating.
  9. Only swim with lifeguards. When at the beach or lake, only swim in authorized swimming areas and where a lifeguard is present.
  10. Make smart outdoor ice skating choices. Before skating on a frozen pond or lake you should make sure that the pond or lake is completely frozen and that it’s been approved for skating on.
When Feeding Foods
Many parents worry about their children choking, and for good cause. Choking is not only scary, it can also be deadly. To reduce the likelihood of choking and choking related deaths, consider following these 10 rules.
  1. Avoid risky foods. Certain foods, like popcorn and hot dogs, are risky for young children. Avoiding these potentially hazardous foods can reduce the risk of choking.
  2. Have current CPR and first aid training. Armed with choke saving skills, parents who take CPR and first aid are better prepared to handle an incident should one arise.
  3. Enforce hand washing before and after eating. Hand washing can prevent the spread of illness and help keep kids healthy, especially during flu season.
  4. Recognize the signs of an allergic reaction. Parents should pay close attention when offering foods and be familiar with the signs of allergic reactions.
  5. Store foods properly. All leftovers and refrigerated foods aren’t created equal. Don’t mistakenly serve foods that have gone bad.
  6. Don’t cross contaminate. Whether it’s to prevent allergies or the spread of bacteria, cross contamination can have serious effects on your children’s health.
  7. Look at expiration dates. Understanding food expiration dates, what they mean and what they don’t can help ensure you avoid feeding your family foods that have gone bad.
  8. Don’t send babies to bed with bottles of formula or juice. Sending babies to bed with bottles full of formula or juice will do more than quench their thirst. Doing so also promotes tooth decay.
  9. Brush teeth 30 minutes after meals. While most parents have been conditioned by their own parents to brush right after meals, doing so can actually cause more harm than good.
  10. Don’t share spoons. Many moms are surprised to learn cavities are contagious. By sharing your spoon, even to show your child how good dinner really is, you’re passing germs back and forth.
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