Household Safety: Preventing Suffocation

Household Safety: Preventing Suffocation

Newborns and young infants can't easily raise their heads, so they need special protection from suffocation. But small children are at risk, too.

Protecting Kids From Suffocation

Protect kids from the dangers of suffocation by following these rules:

Be Prepared

If you're expecting a baby or already have a child, it's a good idea to:

Maintaining a Safe, Kid-Friendly Environment

To check your childproofing efforts, get down on your hands and knees in every room of your home to see things from a child's perspective. Be aware of your child's surroundings and what might be potentially dangerous.

Completely childproofing your home can be difficult. If you can't childproof the entire house, you can shut the doors (and install doorknob covers) to any room a child shouldn't enter to prevent wandering into places that haven't been properly childproofed. Doorknob covers and childproof locks for sliding doors are also great for keeping little ones from leaving your home. Of course, how much or how little you childproof your home is up to you. Supervision is the very best way to help prevent kids from getting injured. However, even the most vigilant parent can't keep a child 100% safe at all times.

Whether you have a baby, toddler, or school-age child, your home should be your little one's haven for safe exploration. After all, touching, holding, climbing, and exploring are the activities that develop a child's body and mind.

Reviewed by: Mary L. Gavin, MD
Date reviewed: August 2013





Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.

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