Baby safety, the 8 most important "rules"

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  • 1 Baby safety in the car: carrycot or carrycot?
  • 2 Baby safety: sleep on the stomach
  • 3 Baby safety: pay attention to the cot 
  • 4 Baby safety and clothing
  • 5 Infant safety and infant change
  • 6 Baby safety: pay attention to hygiene
  • 7 Baby safety and milk preparation 
  • 8 Safe play and choking prevention 

Mothers and fathers have a very specific mission: to take care of their children every day of their life and 24 hours a day. But this doesn't just mean feeding them, dressing them, filling them with love. It also and above all means thinking about the safety of babies, which is never enough. Unfortunately, sometimes it takes very little to get into trouble: a distraction or lightness is enough. In short, with the little ones the guard should never be lowered. So let's see what are the most important rules to follow for the safety of newborns. With a premise: there would be dozens and dozens of topics. We have chosen the basic ones.


Baby safety in the car: carrycot or carrycot?

Here is the dilemma of many parents. What to use in the car for the safety of babies? There is no doubt: the egg must be the first choice. However, many are wondering when to use it in order not to cause back problems for the little one. The answer is: immediately. The car seat should already be used after discharge from the hospital to return home and should be preferred for any travel by car. The back problem could arise if the journey is several hours. In that case, it is necessary to make several stops and pick up the child to make him "stretch" a little.


Even if equipped with the appropriate safety systems, the carrycot is not as safe. This is demonstrated by the crash tests which are the simulations of road accidents. Unlike the carrycot, the carry cot does not guarantee maximum stability for the newborn inside. So it is to be avoided.


However, one thing is certain: for the safety of infants it is absolutely forbidden to keep them in the car without a restraint system. So never hold them in your arms, not even in the back seat. It is really very dangerous.

Baby safety: la nanny with belly up

Speaking of infant safety, the topic of sleeping positions cannot be neglected. Or rather, the position in which all the little ones should sleep: the supine one, or belly up. It is one of the main recommendations (if not the most important) to avoid the phenomenon that terrifies every mother, namely "cot death". Fortunately, this is rare, but not impossible, and there are a number of good practices to follow to reduce the dangers.

Doctors have come to the recommendation that babies sleep on their stomachs after a series of very rigorous studies that have shown how this position drastically reduces the risk of SIDS. However, many parents think that, in case of regurgitation, the baby could choke. It is not so. The side position is not as safe, so it is not recommended.

Infant safety: aattention to the cot 

The place where we put our puppy to sleep can hide some pitfalls, even if we are not aware of them. For example, it should not be overfilled. No pillows, bumpers that are too padded or bulky, no layers and layers of blankets and soft toys, as beautiful as they are. All of which is to say that the bed must be free of anything that can somehow prevent our baby from breathing freely. This too is a precaution against "cot death".


Another aspect concerning the safety of newborns refers to the cot model. For example, you have to pay attention to the classic one with the wooden sides: turning and turning in the bed, the child (we are talking about those a little older, not really infants) could get his legs or arms stuck between the bars, risking getting hurt. . Also, be careful to lower the bed surface when the little one starts standing alone: ​​curiosity could push him to lean out and fall upside down.


Baby safety and clothing

Raise your hand if you are not "crazy" in pregnancy by buying dozens and dozens of rompers and dresses! Whether it is a boy or a girl, it is difficult to resist the lure of shopping… But even in this case one must not help but think about the safety of newborns. First of all in the choice of materials. Babies have very delicate skin and the fabrics must therefore be natural, such as linen and cotton. Wool in direct contact with the skin should also be avoided to avoid irritation.

Another thing to take into consideration when children are a little older are any accessories on clothes that can be removed easily: buttons, bows, ribbons and any other small thing that can end up in the mouth, with a not insignificant risk. , or get caught in your fingers.

Infant safety e change of the newborn

Only one warning, but a very important one: never leave a small child alone on the changing table or on any other surface you are changing. They are lightning fast and unpredictable, just a second and, attracted by anything, you find them on the floor. Prepare everything you need for the change in advance, so you don't have to leave.


Infant safety: occhio to hygiene

A child must be clean, this is absolutely obvious. However, even hygiene cannot ignore the safety of newborns. Here are some examples. The bath, for example, can hide dangers. First of all, the temperature must be carefully controlled, which must not be too hot or too cold. There are many thermometers on the market that can be useful for this purpose. Get one. But there is not only this. It is important to keep an arm under the baby's neck, especially when he is very small. Wash it with the other hand. Recommendations: don't leave him alone and never leave the bathroom. Finally, do not keep the tray near the taps because of the risk that hot or cold splashes suddenly arrive.


Also pay attention to how you clean your ears and nose. Never introduce cotton buds or anything else to remove residues of earwax or mucus. If the pediatrician does not consider it appropriate, there are no particular things to do for cleaning the inside of the ears. While for the nose, physiological washes are fine.

Chapter nails. They're babies, but they have them as sharp as Nightmare's Freddy Krueger! Cut them after taking a bath so they will be softer. But if the baby moves a lot, it's better to do it at another time, perhaps while you are breastfeeding him or when he is sleeping. For those of the hands follow the rounded line of the fingertip, those of the feet cut them straighter.

Infant safety e milk preparation 

Some precautions when preparing infant formula are important for the safety of newborns. The powder is not sterile and can be contaminated with pathogens, such as salmonella. Can it be made safe? Certain. It's all in the water. And not so much in the type chosen, but in the temperature, which must be brought to 70 degrees. Only then can the bottle be prepared in complete safety. But be careful not to hand it to your child immediately: it should be cooled under a jet of cold water and brought to 37 degrees, the ideal temperature.

Safe play and choking prevention 

When we offer games to our little ones we need to make sure they are safe. In particular, there must be no pieces that come off or balls or very small objects. Very soon the children begin their oral phase and the mouth is used to explore the surrounding world. A habit that enriches them a lot from the point of view of knowledge, but which can become dangerous.

Especially in the first few months, try to stay with the baby while holding his toys. First of all, it will serve to further strengthen the bond between you, but above all to keep it under control. In case of ingestion of a foreign body you have to be very fast. Place the baby on his stomach, head down, and strike between the shoulder blades. Call 118 immediately but don't put your fingers in your mouth: you could only make things worse. To ensure maximum peace of mind, we suggest you take a course for clearing the airways. Look for a certified one, for example like those of Simeup.

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