Safe Kids – Prevent Suffocation

How To Prevent Suffocation

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When your child is at an age where it is difficult for them to raise their head they need extra care to protect them from suffocation. But remember, you must be vigilant with all kids.

 

Some Simple Rules To Help Prevent Suffocation

  • To prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Always position an infant on their back to sleep
  • Never allow an infant to lay face down on any soft surface such as a mattress cover, waterbed, sheepskin rug or comforter
  • Make sure that your child’s crib does not contain any form of soft bedding, including blankets and pillows
  • Be sure to remove any stuffed animals or other soft toys before putting your child to sleep
  • Avoid using soft, cushion crib bumpers – try to avoid using crib bumpers completely
  • Never place an infant on a plastic covered mattress
  • Be certain that the crib mattress is the correct fit to stop your child being caught between the mattress and the crib walls
  • Make sure that the sheet in the crib is a perfect fit to stop it becoming loose and wrapping around your child’s head
  • Never place an infant to sleep on an adult’s bed, or any other soft surface including the couch or lounge chairs
  • Do not allow infants to share a bed with yourself or other children, this significantly increases the risk of suffocation
  • Remember to keep all plastic bags out of reach of children; this includes sandwich bags and garbage bags
  • Dispose of plastic bags promptly in a place that your kids do not have access (outside bin etc)
  • Before disposing of plastic bags tie a couple of knots in them
  • After a birthday party be extra cautious, remove all plastic from packaging and presents etc and throw it out. Be sure to pick up all balloons and pieces of balloons, dispose of them immediately

 

As A Further Safety Precaution

Just A Note

When child proofing any room you can double check by getting down on your hands and knees and looking at everything from a child’s perspective


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