Infants: Child Development (cont.)
Child Safety First
Now that your newborn is at home, it is time to make sure that your home is a
safe place. Look around your home for household items that might present a
possible danger to your baby. As a parent, it is your responsibility to ensure
that you create a safe environment for your baby. It is also important that you
take the necessary steps to make sure that you are mentally and emotionally
ready for your new baby. Here are a few tips to keep your baby safe during her
first year of life.
- It is important that you never shake your newborn baby. Newborn babies have
very weak neck muscles that are not yet able to support their heads. If you
shake your baby you can damage his brain and delay normal development.
- To prevent SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome), it is recommended that you
always put your baby to sleep on her back. For more information on SIDS, visit
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
- Place your baby in a car safety seat every time he rides in the car. The
safest place for his safety seat is in the back seat of the car. Children who
are less than one year OR are less than 20 pounds should be placed in a
rear-facing care seat.
- To prevent your baby from choking, cut her food into small bites. Don't allow
your baby to play with anything that may cover her face or is easy for her to
- Never carry hot liquids or food near your baby or while holding him.
- Immunizations (shots) are important to protect your child's health and
safety. Because children are susceptible to many potentially serious diseases,
it is important that your child receive the proper immunizations. Please consult
your local health care provider to ensure that your child is up-to-date on her
childhood immunizations. You may visit the CDC immunization website, to obtain a
copy of the recommended immunization schedule for U.S. children
SOURCE:Last Editorial Review: 10/2/2009 4:33:58 PM
National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention