Day Care Child Safety Do's and Do Not's

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The Do's!

1, Neatness and cleanliness is paramount with kids.
2, Clip nails carefully and regularly.
3, Promptly change dirty diapers and ensure area is thoroughly cleaned.
4, Ensure genitals are clean and dry at all times in order to avoid fungal infection.
5, Dermatitis and fungal infections can be minimized with correct care of the scalp.
6, Ensure clothing is loose and airy as tight clothes can be irritating to the skin.
7, Child's room should be well ventilated and lit.  Keep clean and dustfree.
8, Arrange a appropriate sized bed with a waterproof undersheet for the child.
9, Have soothing music toys near child's sleeping area.
10, The neck muscles in a young baby are weak so always support the head with your hand.
11, Breastfeeding is the great nutrition for baby, strengthens the emotional connection with mom and should be on demand.  Ensure nipples are clean.  Lactating takes a lot out of mom so she should eat well.
12, Bottle feeding moms should clean, sterilise and keep dry feeding bottles.
13, Microwave heating of drinks is not recommended due to possibility of scalding. 

14, Milk, fibers, food and cosmetics can cause allergies.  If child is exhibiting an allergic reaction try to discover the offending allergen through a process of elimination.
15, Mosquito nets should be used regularly. Diseases like malaria, dengue , filariasis, yellow fever spread through mosquito bites. Mosquito bite can also produce skin eruptions with some allergic reactions and can disturb sound sleep.
16, Ensure you have a calm, consistent bedtime routine to encourage healthy sleep.  Kids need lots of sleep.  Growth hormones kick in during REM so napping kids are busy.
17, Growth development, behavioral development, motor developeent, personal social development, language development etc should be noted in relation to age.  However, parents need not be over anxious as slight variations are seen from individual to individual.
18, Regular measurement of weight and height is essential to asses growth.
19, In the early months of life infant may defecate after every feed. Proper toilet training should be given when the infant grows. The infant can be placed on the toilet seat by the age of ten months.
20. Always thoroughly sanitise the toilet seat.  Sharing with other kids isn't encouraged.
21, If  the baby shows some signs of distress like excessive crying, convulsions, fever with rigor, stiffness of neck, frequent vomiting and diarrhoea, bluish discolouration of the body, difficult breathing with grunting etc pay attention and consult your doctor.
22, Keep a fully stocked first aid kit to hand which should contain dressing, sterile cotton and antiseptic lotion.  Note all emergency numbers and keep in an obvious place.
23,Child's medicines should be kept in seperate box. Information regarding dose and mode of administration should be noted and affixed to the box.
24, Ensure you have the correct car seat fitted.
25, When you are going out with the baby have an identity card with your phone number and address inside his small pocket.
26, Supervise a child learning to walk to minimize accidents.
27, If an accident occurs take necessary first aid measures and get the victim to a nearby hospital.
 

The Do Nots

1, No shaking baby as it can cause brain damage.
2, Remove any small items in vicinity of child.
3, Same goes for sharp or pointed items.
4, When in the bath don't let water get into the ears.
5, If a child is coughing or crying a lot don't try to get them to eat.
6, Careful you don't overfeed.
7, Keep any dangerous or toxic substances out of child's reach.
8, Ensure child's clothing is not restrictive.
9, Care should be taken if your baby is on the bed that they do not fall off.
10, Avoid close contact with lots of people and never hand your baby to a stranger.
11, Childproof all electrical sockets and wires.
12, Kitchens are full of potential dangers.  Never leave a child alone there.

13, Supervise your child the entire time they are in the tub.  Keep water level low.
14,Avoid smoking inside the house.
15, Keep pets at a distance (ensure they have received all shots).
16,When the child starts walking ensure you have locked gates on stairs and never allow them to climb the steps.
17, Avoid strong light in the bedroom.
18,When you are travelling don't accept food from fellow passengers.
19, Don't allow a child to crawl in the dirt.
20,If you are sick or someone else is sick stay away from the kids.
21, Avoid areas of pollution, large crowds and hospital wards.
22,Table lamp should not be kept near the kids, this will attract insects at night and cause problems.
23, Never give medicine that has been prescribed for someone else to your child.
24,Medicine which has passed the expiry date should not be used.

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