Childproofing for your baby or toddler

Childproofing for your baby or toddler

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Narrator: Inquisitive toddler Dylan is giving her parents plenty to worry about.

Brad: What are you getting into? You're not supposed to be in there!

Narrator: It's time for Kellie and Brad to have a home childproofing makeover to keep Dylan safe.

Kellie: Help us childproof our house. Dylan is starting to get into everything.

Dr. Joel Clingenpeel: I bet she is. Well, let's check things out.

Narrator: As an emergency room pediatrician and cofounder of, based in Virginia Beach, Virginia, Dr. Joel Clingenpeel has seen his share of preventable accidents.

Doctor: So it looks like this child swallowed an entire necklace, both the charm …

Narrator: Millions of children are injured or killed each year by dangers right in their own home.

Dr. Clingenpeel would rather educate parents about childproofing and home safety than treat their child in the emergency room.

Doctor: So what we'll do today is get down on her level, focus on those trouble spots that could predispose her to choking or getting exposed to a poison, falls, and getting a burn.

Narrator: All this can be done by investing in a few childproofing products and following eight essential safety tips.

Tip one: Remove chokables.

Doctor: Now this is going to be right at Dylan's level. And this dog food is definitely a choking hazard, just given its size. Pretty much anything that can fit through the inner diameter of a toilet paper roll is a choking risk and we want to keep her away from.

Narrator: Next, you'll want to lock away poisons.

Doctor: Y'all have one of every type of cleaner and we definitely don't want Dylan to get ahold of any of those. The best solution is going to be to try to move all of that stuff to higher ground. The second best solution is going to be to invest in a very high quality latch.

Narrator: Potential poisons include bug spray, cleaning products, medications and vitamins, bottles of alcohol, and some houseplants.

Keep the numbers for the National Poison Control Center and your local emergency services handy just in case.

Third, cover electrical outlets so your child can't stick a finger or other object inside and get a shock or burn.

Doctor: These are not my favorites, primarily because they are still able to be taken out by a child. The larger problem is that we as adults will tend to take them out, put them in area and use the outlet to vacuum, and forget to place them back, and now we've introduced a choking hazard.

Narrator: Instead, replace accessible outlet covers with sliding safety plates.

Tip four: Attach heavy furniture and electronics to the wall with brackets or safety straps.

Once your child starts pulling up and climbing, she could pull them over and get hurt.

Doctor: This is something – tip-over television accidents – that we're seeing more frequently in the emergency department. Ideally we'd also connect it with a furniture strap to prevent the remote possibility from this tipping forward.

Narrator: Cover all sharp corners and edges with corner protectors to soften the impact if your child falls.

Tip five: Block access to areas that could be dangerous to your child – including the refrigerator, large exercise equipment, stairs, windows, and railings.

Safety gates, netting, and flexible Plexiglass can be essential childproofing tools.

Mother: She can't get through. It's a success!

We definitely need help with our stairs.

Doctor: Your stairs are a particular challenge because you have this floating stairway design with the open back. We'll need to do some furniture rearrangement so that we position the furniture to make it difficult for her to get back there.

Narrator: For the greatest protection, install safety gates at the top and bottom of every stairway.

Doctor: The gates that we use at the top of the stairs always need to be hardware-mounted gates secured to the wall with screws. We never put pressure-mounted gates at the top of the stairs.

Brad, I'm all done down here. How you doing up there?

Father: All secure.

Mother: I feel so much better now that we have the gates in.

Narrator: On to the windows.

Doctor: There is a screen here, but screens are designed to keep bugs out and not kids in.

Narrator: To prevent falls, open windows from the top, not the bottom, if possible. Or use stops so that windows can't open more than 4 inches.

Doctor: This is a stopper that you can use for your window. It fits as a suction cup design on your window and now it prevents anyone from opening your window too wide.

Narrator: Keep furniture away from windows to prevent children from climbing up and out. Another option is to install window guards, which have bars that a child can't fit through.

Tip six: Keep cords and ties out of reach.

Doctor: Your noise machine cord is looping close to the edge of her crib. It's sort of within reach that she could even pull it into her crib.

Narrator: Children have died after getting cords tangled around their neck, so keep all cords at least 3 feet from the crib.

This includes the pull cords and inner cords on window blinds and some shades. If yours were manufactured before 2001, replace them with a newer, safer model. And install shorteners to keep pull cords out of reach.

Tip seven: Prevent burns and scalding.

Never handle hot liquids or food (including coffee or tea) with a child in your arms or under foot.

When cooking, keep your child away from the stove. Use the stove's back burners, and turn pot handles inward so your child can't reach them and pull the pots down. For added safety, you can install an oven lock and stove guards.

Doctor: To prevent scalding in the bathtub, one of the easiest things to do is to find your water heater and just turn it down to 120 degrees or less.

Narrator: Tip eight: Prevent drowning – especially in the bathtub, the most common location for home drowning deaths.

Never leave your child unattended in the tub, even for a second, and always drain the tub after a bath.

Doctor: Toilet bowls are also a drowning risk, so we want to have a lock on them.

Most importantly when the bathroom is not in use that the door is locked.

Narrator: Watch out for other sources of water, too, since infants and toddlers can drown in as little as an inch of liquid. Keep your child away from bowls of water for pets.

Never leave a bucket of water or filled wading pool unattended, and dump the water as soon as you're finished.

If you have a pool or hot tub, keep it locked up. Surround pools with a fence that's at least 4 feet high.

Doctor: Well guys, you've done a great job today. Everywhere I look, things look a lot safer.

Narrator: Finally, remember that no childproofing product replaces your vigilance! And you'll need to revisit your safety tactics as your child gets older and even more clever.

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