Health and Safety - The First Two Months

 

Car Safety

  • The car safety seat should be rear-facing in the middle of the back seat in all vehicles.
  • Never remove a baby from a car seat while the car is in motion.
  • Your baby should never be in a seat with a passenger air bag.
  • Always wear a seat belt and never drink and drive.

Prevent Burns.

  • Never use a microwave to heat bottles as it can create hot spots in the formula and burn the baby’s mouth.
  • Avoid holding your baby while cooking or drinking hot liquids, as your baby can more and be burned easily.
  • Make sure your water heater is set at lower than 120 degrees F.
  • Test your baby’s bathwater with your wrist.

Bed Safety

  • Put your baby to sleep on his or her back in a safe crib with slats less than 2 3/8 inches apart, in your room, not in your bed, with the crib’s drop side always up. Do not use loose, soft bedding or toys in the crib.
  • If using a playpen, make sure the weave is less than ¼ inch and never leave the baby in it with the drop side down.

Be Prepared

  • Always have, posted by your phone, emergency numbers like Poison Control, Dr’s number and hospital name that child should be taken to in the event of an emergency.
  • Dress your infant the way you would dress yourself. Make sure he/she wears a hat in cold weather as most of the baby’s heat is lost through the head.
  • Take a first aid and infant CPR class and keep a first aid kit in the house.
  • Have working smoke and carbon monoxide alarms and an escape plan.

Other Ways To Keep Your Baby Healthy and Safe

  • How are you feeling?  If you are depressed please contact us.
  • In the first month call us if the baby’s under the arm temperature is greater than 100.5 F. Do not use an ear thermometer.
  • Never hang a pacifier around baby’s neck or leave a long ribbon or cord where an infant can get tangled.
  • Don’t leave your baby alone on a tabletop counter or changing table. Keep a hand on your baby at all time.
  • Never shake your baby.  If you fee upset or overwhelmed, put your baby in a safe place and call for help.
  • Keep your car and home smoke free.
  • Have everyone who touches the baby wash his or her hands first.

Many of these suggestions come from the American Academy of Pediatrics 
Bright Futures Recommendations.

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