Safety Tips for Preschoolers
Bubbling energy and unbound curiosity; that is the recipe for a budding explorer. With a preschooler at hand, you sure would be experiencing it every single day. It is, therefore, imperative to keep in mind these safety tips to ensure you make the most of this fun stage in life.
Now with little kids, falls are nearly unavoidable and bruises and scraped knees are part of being a kid. All you can do is to take precautions so that falls do not turn nasty.
- Keep doors of balconies, terrace locked at all times.
- Restrict window openings so that there isn’t a fear of falling out from them
- It will be wise to leave a light on at night so that there isn’t fear of the child tripping and falling should he wake up in the night.
- Don’t let a child play unattended on a balcony even if there are railings.
- Don’t leave the child unattended on any piece of furniture. Placing guards on sharp furniture corners is also highly recommended.
- Non-slip bath mats are another must-have to ensure the child does not slip and fall in the bathroom
- Ensure you hold the child’s hand on escalators and that the child isn’t wearing loose clothing, flip flops, etc that can pose a risk.
With toddlers inclined to taste just about everything, poisoning can also be a big risk. To eliminate the risk of poisoning, do ensure the following:
- Keep all medicines out of the reach of children.
- Cleaning material, perfumes, aftershaves, mouthwash, and other such material should particularly be kept in locked cabinets where the child has no access
- When you are having medicines in front of the child ensure that you tell the child what it is and that it is not meant for them. Remember, however, that children at this stage aren’t great at following directions. So do not bank on this fact alone that they are aware that they should not put it in their mouths!
This one is a significant risk especially since preschoolers are active and agile and tend to touch everything.
- Unsupervised children in the kitchen are a big no-no. Even if you are there along with them in the kitchen, remember that they can take a split second to touch something hot. Keep handles of pans inwards to avoid any untoward accidents.
- Ironing, using curlers, etc should be avoided in the child’s presence. Not only is there the fear of the child touching the hot object, but they can also be expected to emulate you in your absence.
Again the tendency to put everything in their mouth leads to choking hazards.
- Avoid leaving small objects around, be they coins or buttons that the child can put into his mouth and can lead to choking.
- Be especially careful of small toys, toy parts, and batteries that the child can put into their mouth.
- Ensure the child sits up while eating and is encouraged to chew food well.
- It is also prudent to cut food in small sizes so that there is no fear of choking
- Remember to keep plastic bags away from children so that there are no choking risks.
While you take the above precautions, it will help to remember that your preschooler can learn basic safety rules and recognize them when they are not being followed, so it is prudent to keep telling them of these rules. It will also help to be prepared that even though they know the rules, they may not always remember them especially when they are excited. It is also often hard for them to make the connection between cause and effect. It is therefore good to teach them safety rules that are:
- Simple to follow. Rules such as looking both ways before crossing the road, not chasing anything into the street or not going out of the house alone are age-appropriate.
- Are consistent and reasonable
- Are reinforced
- Have consequences which are followed through
- It will also help to have positive rules rather than negative ones.
Here’s to child health and safety and to fun-filled times!