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Child Safety First

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CHILD SAFETY FIRST
When a baby becomes part of your family, it is time to make sure that your home is a safe place. Look around your home for things that could be dangerous to your baby. As a parent, it is your job to ensure that you create a safe home for your baby. It also is important that you take the necessary steps to make sure that you are mentally and emotionally ready for your new baby.

Here are a few tips to keep your baby safe:
-Do not shake your baby―ever! Babies have very weak neck muscles that are not yet able to support their heads. If you shake your baby, you can damage his brain or even cause his death.
-Make sure you always put your baby to sleep on her back to prevent sudden infant death syndrome (commonly known as SIDS).
-Protect your baby and family from secondhand smoke. Do not allow anyone to smoke in your home.
-Place your baby in a rear-facing car seat in the back seat while he is riding in a car.
-Prevent your baby from choking by cutting her food into small bites. Also, don’t let her play with small toys and other things that might be easy for her to swallow.
-Don’t allow your baby to play with anything that might cover her face.
-Never carry hot liquids or foods near your baby or while holding him.
-Vaccines (shots) are important to protect your child’s health and safety.

Because children can get serious diseases, it is important that your child get the right shots at the right time.

Content source: National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention