No one prepares you for it. As much as you love and adore your precious children, sometimes parenting can be extremely exhausting and challenging.
Most of the time you find that your world revolves around your kids. They rely on you for everything, you have to make sure they are healthy, happy and alive!
It gets even worse when you have a newborn baby. You have to work your butt off because this little innocent soul is entirely dependent on you for everything – you literally become a mind reader because you have to figure out if they are hungry, need a diaper change or want to sleep. It’s overwhelming!
Thumbs up to all parents – you’re true super heroes!
As a parent, you face so many hardships. Sometimes you’re forced to lie to your kids when they ask you unusual questions, like is Santa is real? where did I come from? Let’s face it, some of the questions they ask are not the easiest to answer – truthfully!
But one of the hardest things about being a parent is keeping a constant eye out for anything that could be harmful or put your child’s life at risk.
You’re constantly on the look out for what could harm your child.
Checking their mouths more often to see if they are eating something they shouldn’t be eating. Baby proofing the whole house to avoid accidents.
But even if you baby proof, there are still many things in your house that could put your child’s life at risk.
Check them out below!
1. Unsecured Furniture
It can be a disaster if they climbed something that is not properly secured. For example items like heavy furniture, they can easily crush your child to death or break her bones if they fell on her.
So it’s better you take caution than be sorry later. Make sure that you anchor your dressers and bookcases to the wall or the floor to avoid things like this from happening.
You should also check if your TV is firmly positioned on its stand if it’s not already mounted on a wall!
2. Electronic Devices
Thanks to technology, phones are nowadays a necessary evil!
Almost everyone owns a cell phone. But did you know that such electronic gadgets are a big risk to your child’s health?
Yes, if your child spends alot of time looking into the light of your screen, she can get blurry vision, headaches and other eye problems in future.
They can also develop neck or spine pain from staying in an uncomfortable position for too long.
3. Sugar Overload
Too much of anything is always bad. Too much candy for your kid is really really bad!
All children have a sweet tooth. And as a parent, sometimes you can’t help, but give your child candy to make them happy.
However, you should limit the amounts of candy and other sugary stuff like milk, juices and processed foods that your child consumes because too much sugar is a recipe for diabetes, tooth decay and even unnecessary weight gain.
For 0-12 months babies, please don’t feed them cow’s milk or fruit juices.
Ensure that you watch your child if they are playing with small toys, because they can easily swallow or choke on them.
It’s a good practice to always check the label on the toy to see if it’s right for your child’s age and what materials it’s made of.
Some toys contain harmful substances, like lead while others have batteries, magnets and other things your child should not be playing with, especially when unsupervised.
Toddlers, especially girls love playing with makeup, so keep all your make up out of reach of children. Some ingredients in makeup are very harmful when swallowed or if they get into contact with eyes.
6. Seat Belts
It’s ironic that seat belts which are supposed to keep us safe in a car, can also cause a major threat to your unborn baby’s life.
If you’re pregnant, ensure that you fasten you seat belt properly, not on your belly, but slightly below it.
The lap belt is always supposed to go under the belly, which means the belly will be protected in the event of an accident. Therefore, protecting both mummy and baby.
7. Infant Sleep Gear
You should make sure that your child sleeps comfortably. Always pay close attention to their sleeping gear, never use pillows, crib bumpers or even sleep wedges whenever you put your child to bed.
These items put your child at risk of suffocation and can cause Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). In fact, crib bumpers and sleep positioners have been banned in some states.
Please contact your pediatrician if you have any doubts about the above information.
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