Drowning is one of the most common causes of death in young children. You don’t have to go to big rivers and streams to drown like that. Even a bucket of water in your home will suffice. That is the danger of these accidents. Babies, in particular, can drown in water as small as 5 inches [5 cm]. Also, drowning is a silent accident so you will not hear any noise or struggle from the child.
These things are important to remember
Stay with your baby every time he bathes. Never let an older brother or sister bathe with him or leave the baby for a moment.
If you use a bath seat, keep in mind that it is not a safety device. You need to be with your child often.
Small children can be submerged in shallow water, such as bathtubs or pools.
Do not leave small children alone for a second while bathing.
Empty the basin as soon as you take your baby out.
If you have a pond in your backyard, fence it or cover it securely.
Watch small children in a paddling pool or near the water.
Empty the paddling pool directly after use.
Make sure your garden is protected so that your child does not have to go to the neighboring backyard. Failure to do so may result in drowning in neighboring ponds or other areas.
Drowning is one of the number one dangers for children due to a lack of adult supervision.
Many cases of drowning are caused by adults going to other children in the meantime, watching television, doing daily chores, or thinking that someone else is supervising the child. That’s why you should always be vigilant to prevent children from drowning.
Avoid burning in hot water
Hot water used for bathing can also cause serious injuries. At the same time, long-term treatment is needed. This accident can be fatal. If you have a hot water tap in your home, you should never leave children alone in the bathroom. Little ones love to play with hot water.
Do not bathe a child under the age of five alone for a moment.
Install a thermostatic mixing valve on your hot tap to control the temperature.
First, put cold water before bathing, then add hot water. Always check the water temperature using your elbows before you bathe your baby or toddler.
Flotation and aquatic toys
Floating and aquatic toys come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials and are popular with children for playing with water. Floating toys also help children stay in the water while playing. These toys come in designs that kids will love.
As can be fitted to the body
So that you can hold and sit
Floating and aquatic toys are not always safety devices. Aquatic toys for children who cannot swim can drown if not used or used properly. If a child is injured while playing with a toy in the water, the risk of drowning also increases.
As an adult, you need to constantly monitor children playing with flotation and aquatic toys. Because children are still developing, they usually only have limited muscle coordination. As a result, children are not able to judge dangerous situations or respond to them in a timely manner.
These things are important to take care of your baby in hot weather
A sunny day is not strange to us in Sri Lanka. But with the onset of climate change, you and your baby are more likely to experience discomfort during hotter days. Baby and Me think that this advice will be important for mothers to prepare their children to cope with this heat.
Choose cotton fabric
On hot days, your baby is at risk of overheating. To keep the baby cool, choose loose clothing made from 100% cotton. Lightweight cotton fabric allows air to reach the body and allows sweat to evaporate. Dress your child in a variety of colors and costumes made of cotton.
Keep clothes simple
A suit that is as simple as possible to suit hot weather. To cool the body, the baby can get a simple look with shorts and a t-shirt. For little girls, choose simple sleeveless gowns or blouses.
If you are going out to play in the sun for long periods of time, wear good quality sunglasses that block 100% of the light, UVA, and UVB rays. The damage to the eyes from ultraviolet rays is not insignificant. This is a good practice for the child to protect the eyes from an early age. Use a strap to make it easier for the child to hold the glasses. Wearing sunglasses regularly when you are out is a good example.
Wear a hat
The hat is a great way to protect a baby’s face, head, neck, and ears (especially if they do not have sunscreen on their face). Choose a hat with a chin strap and a large brim made of lightweight cotton with UPF protection.
Being hydrated is very important in these hot weathers. Active toddlers, especially those who run and dance regularly, need water. Therefore, teach your child to keep a bottle of water with him and to drink a little water at all times. You too can set an example for your child by drinking water regularly.
Choose light pajamas
Choose light pajamas for a cute little sleeper. To keep you relaxed throughout the night, short-sleeved cotton pajamas and a light blanket are the right choices.