A good night’s sleep
Safer Sleep should remain a priority at
Poor sleeping conditions and co-sleeping remains the cause of a number
of child deaths in the County each year. This year is no different. And the
risk over the festive period increases, excess food and drink, more people in
the house, change in sleeping arrangements, staying at relatives houses and
using babysitters are all changes in routine which could have devastating
consequences if precautions are not taken. Luckily, if you always follow our Safer Sleep advice no matter where your baby is
sleeping you can greatly reduce the risk. Further
information about Safer Sleep.
Make sure Santa is the only thing for your little one is looking up
Be careful not to leave presents and toys in places out of reach that
might tempt toddlers to climb on to furniture. Falling TVs has been highlighted
by RoSPA as a cause of eight deaths of children under five since July 2008. As
well as securing furniture to walls, another easy way to deter climbing is keep
toys at toddler level. Further
information and resources about Furniture Safety.
Is that ‘bargain’ really a good deal?
When heading out for your
last bits of shopping make sure you to head to retailers that have a good
reputation. Markets or new, temporary shops often sell illegally imported toys
that often don’t meet strict toy safety requirements. These toys may seem like
a bargain but they are not built to safe standards and could be dangerous for
little ones. Trading Standards in Essex have recently issued warnings over the
safety of imported ‘hoverboards’. Read more here.
Button batteries are especially dangerous. They
aren’t just a choking risk, if a button battery gets stuck in the throat or gullet this can trigger the
electrical charge they carry and create caustic soda (the chemical used to
This can burn a hole through the throat and lead to serious internal bleeding
Choking has been found to be
a leading cause of death in under-fives and a massive 40% of parents say they
have witnessed their baby choking. Toys with small parts are not suitable for
very young children so make sure you buy age appropriate toys as young children
do not understand dangers as older children do. St
John’s Ambulance has been running a campaign called The
Chokeables which shows a video featuring the voices of David Walliams, David
Mitchell, Johnny Vegas and Sir John Hurt showing parents how to stop a
baby from choking.
On the big day itself, make sure stairs
are free from clutter. Children will be rushing around to find visitors, open
presents and play with their new toys, so remove things that could cause a bad
fall down stairs.
Make sure visitors to the house, such as
grandparents, don’t leave medicines in places where children can find them, for
example in handbags or counted out on bedside cabinets. Medicines are the most
common cause of accidental poisoning in children, with everyday painkillers a
And bear in mind that safety items you might
have at home, such as stair gates and cupboard locks, might not be available
where you are staying.