Pediatrics advice on kitchen safety


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If you have a new baby, pediatrics experts say anything sharp, medicinal and poisonous anywhere in your house should be locked up or out of reach, and you should have the number of your pediatrics specialist on hand. But they also recommend that when trying to childproof your Gastonia, NC house, you pay special attention to the kitchen and bedroom.

For most families, the kitchen doubles as a dining room, which ensures that everyone gets to eat quickly but also gives children more of a reason to be there. The time to start childproofing the kitchen is before your baby is old enough to walk — and, more to the point, old enough to stand up and reach for things.

A good pediatrics exercise is to bring your head down to about two feet off the floor. From there, look up at the kitchen. Notice all the cabinet doors, stove and dishwasher knobs and handles, and other things that are within reach. All these things should have childproof locks and latches on them, especially matches and toxic cleaning supplies.

This exercise is also useful for developing good habits about glass objects, cups of hot coffee and so on. Don’t leave them too close to the edge of the counter or table.

Tips on bedroom safety

Bedroom safety is really the first thing to think about, if your baby has his or her own room. An infant under twelve months should sleep in your bedroom, but not in your bed. The room should be comfortable, but not too warm. The baby should sleep in a bassinet or a crib with a fitted sheet, with no soft objects. If there are crib slats, they should be less than two and three-eighths inches apart, with no large cut-outs.

When going over the room at the height of a baby’s head, pediatrics experts recommend you look for loose strings, including strings and ribbons on toys, drawstrings on clothing and especially the window blinds and curtains. Pin the blind and curtain cords up to get them out of reach.

If there’s anything old in the room—specifically, anything more than forty years old—make sure it isn’t painted. The paint might be lead-based, and babies will chew on almost anything.

A pediatrics practice in Gastonia, NC

Gastonia Pediatric Associates is a center for pediatrics which is located not too far west of Charlotte. It is one of the first medical practices for children in the Gastonia area, has served three generations of families with personalized care and offers medical advice for parents 24 hours a day. Its staff includes three physicians and three nursing staff. Gastonia Pediatrics is owned and directed by its own physicians. If your family needs a good pediatrics care facility, call today.