Sep 1, 2017

You'd Do Anything For Your Child, So Why Are You Putting Them In Danger?

Every parent would agree that they would do just about anything for their baby. They would give up just about anything in the world to make sure that they were safe, healthy and happy. However, amidst all of the chaos of having a baby, it can be incredibly easy to make simple mistakes that could have some potentially deadly consequences. While no parent would ever willingly put their child at risk, here are just a few things that far too many parents do that could be putting them in real danger.

Leaving them in the bath


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Plenty of babies, and parents, love bath time. Not only is it a chance to wash away any mess that's occurred throughout the day but it also serves as a great time for babies learn, play, and bond with you. But we've all had that moment, during bath time: maybe you left the stove on, maybe the doorbell rings, or many you get a phone call. You think to yourself "it'll be fine" and you leave your baby alone for even a few seconds. Of course, most of the time you come back, and everything's fine, but the truth is that even an inch of water is enough to be potentially deadly for a baby. This is especially true if they don't yet have the motor control to pull themselves up and out of the water. You should never leave your baby unattended in the bath, no matter how quick you're going to be


Turning the car seat forward too soon

As kids get older, around their first birthday, a lot of parents assume that it's time to put them in a front facing car seat. However, as this blog post by Parenting Pod  shows, this can be incredibly dangerous. You might feel as though your child has grown out of their car seat, or perhaps that they scream bloody murder when you put them into it. Those things might be annoying, but they're nothing compared to just how much safer your child is if you keep them in a rear facing car seat for as long as possible.   

Ignoring food allergies


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Putting your kids onto solid food can be a hilarious and often pretty stressful experience. One of the most common things parents notice is that their babies start to have marks and rashes on their skin. Now, a lot of the time this is just a reaction to smearing food all over themselves, but you should always keep a very close eye on those kinds of things. They could be a sign of a food allergy, and while some allergies aren't that serious, there are those that can have some incredibly serious consequences. Even if you're convinced everything's fine, there's nothing wrong with getting your little one checked over just in case.

Of course, this doesn't mean that you should feel the need to hover around you baby at all times. After all, eventually they are going to want more freedom to explore the world, and you have to allow them to do that. The important thing is to be aware of everything happening around them so that you can be sure that they can make their way through the world as safely as possible.