It goes without saying that being a parent is hard work.
If you’re a parent yourself, then you learned this the hard way!
You’re constantly working around the clock to make sure your child is healthy, happy, and alive. Apparently, the latter is the most important one.
When you’re a parent, you have a full-time job. You have a tiny boss who won’t be too happy if you delay in attending to his every need.
When I say it’s a full-time job, it really is. You’re on the clock constantly, 24/7, with very few breaks, not bonuses, and no holidays. You’re stuck with this job for at least the next 18 years of your life.
God help you if you have more than one child too, I know I couldn’t manage it!
There are so many things about being a parent which are hard. Like trying to find a way to convince your child there are no monsters in the closet. Because let’s be honest. You don’t want to check the closet in case you were wrong.
Because let’s be honest. You don’t want to check the closet in case you were wrong!
But one of the hardest things about being a parent is keeping a constant eye out for anything that could harm or put your child’s life at risk.
You’re constantly watching out, trying to figure out what could harm your child.
It’ a surreal thing to think about, but it’s something we all have to do and be aware of as a parent.
But there are a lot of things dotted around your home that could put your child at risk.
Here are a few everyday objects in your home that could endanger your child.
1. Unsecured Furniture
Children love to climb and explore, any parent knows this.
But what if they start climbing something that’s not properly secured?
If the item of furniture was to fall, it could crush them, or even risk breaking a few bones.
It’s always a good idea to anchor your dressers and bookcases to the wall or the floor to avoid things like this from happening.
Also, you should check if your TV is positioned firmly on its stand if it’s not already mounted on a wall!
2. Electronic Devices
Everyone these days has their own electronic devices. But, these gadgets can seriously impact on your child’s health. Spending too much time looking into the light of your screen, or putting the screen too close to your eyes is a known cause for blurry vision, headaches and other eye problems.
If they spend too much time looking at the bright screen, it can cause them to suffer from blurry vision, headaches, and other eye problems later on in life.
Another risk is developing neck or spine pain from staying in an uncomfortable position for too long.
3. Sugar Overload
Too much of anything is bad for you, but too much sugar is very bad for your kid.
Eating too much sugar can cause a lot of health problems, like diabetes and dental issues.
Sugar is in a lot of everyday products, like processed foods, fruit juices, and even milk!
If your child is less than 1 year old, don’t feed them cow’s milk or fruit juices.
Small toys, while fun, can also be very bad for you.
If your child is playing with a small toy without supervision, they could end up accidentally swallowing or choking on it!
Always check the label on the toy to see if it’s appropriate for your child’s age and what materials it’s made of.
There are some toys that can contain harmful substances, like lead.
Batteries and magnets are other things your child should not be playing with, especially unsupervised.
A lot of toddlers have gone through our bags and played with our makeup, but be warned, some cosmetics contain ingredients that could be toxic.
Always place your makeup somewhere where your child isn’t able to reach or get into.
6. Seat Belts
Seat belts, the very thing used to protect us, can actually be dangerous for our children.
A lot of women use seat belts incorrectly when they’re pregnant.
The lap belt is always supposed to go under the belly, which means the belly will be protected in the event of an accident.
7. Infant Sleep Gear
You should always pay special attention to your child’s sleeping gear.
You should never use pillows, crib bumpers, or sleep wedges.
They put your child at risk of suffocation. In fact, crib bumpers and sleep positioners have been banned in some states.
You should keep an eye on toy and furniture recalls. If it’s been found to be unsafe, then it needs returning as soon as possible!
If you have any doubts then please contact your pediatrician. It’s always better to be safe than sorry!
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