SALINAS, CA (August 25, 2010) — Natividad Medical Center encourages parents and caregivers to educate themselves on the importance of being baby safe. September is National Baby Safety Month and in honor of this special month, Natividad Medical Center is offering a free hand out on how to tighten up your safety belts in and around the house. Stop by the hospital and pick up a copy at the front desk throughout the entire month of September or download the tip sheet from our website www.natividad.com.
Natividad Medical Center offers its top 10 tips for National Baby Safety Month:
1 CAR SEAT SAFETY
Is it properly installed? Refer to installation instructions and vehicle owner’s manual. Place in center of back seat whenever possible — never in front passenger side when there is an airbag. Rear-facing for infants less than one year and 20 pounds. Your child must still be in a car seat until they are four years old and weigh at least 40 pounds. An infant or child is never allowed to travel on someone’s lap. Keep music in the car at a low level.
2 HEALTH OF BABY
Before letting anyone touch your baby have them wash their hands. Anyone who is sick should not hold your baby. No smoking around baby at any time. Never shake your baby.
3 BABY’S CRIB
Place your baby on his/her back to sleep. There should be no more than 2 inches between the slats. Use a firm mattress with no holes in it for your baby. Keep the crib mattress at the lowest level to prevent falls. Keep crib away from windows. Keep baby’s crib free of pillows, heavy blankets, or stuffed toys. Place childproof covers on all electrical outlets.
4 CONDITION & STURDINESS OF TOYS
Discard any with sharp edges or are broken or falling apart.
5 BABY’S PACIFIER
Use pacifiers in good condition. If it is coming apart, throw it away. Never use strings to attach the pacifier to baby’s clothes or crib.
If your stroller is collapsible, be sure latches are secure before putting baby in. Always check that your child’s arms are out of the way when reversing handle directions so they won’t get pinched. Be sure to use that safety strap. Don’t hang overloaded or heavy bags on the handle of the stroller, this may cause it to tip over.
7 BABY’S FOOD
Don’t leave toddler’s alone while eating –— if they begin to choke you need to be nearby to assist. Common choking foods for children under five years: Popcorn, hot dogs, chunks of meat, raisins, ice cubes, chunky peanut butter, peanuts (nuts of any kind), hard candy, grapes, raw carrots, potato chips and corn chips.
8 INFANT/CHILD CPR & FIRST AID CLASS
Enroll in an infant/child CPR and first aid class.
9 BABY’S BATH
Do not leave a baby unattended for even a second. Baby bath seats and baby bathtubs are not a substitute for supervision. All warnings and manufacturer’s instructions should be strictly followed when using a baby bath seat. They are only bathing aids, not safety devices.
10 TOILET LID
Keep the toilet lid down to prevent access to the water. Use a toilet seat lock to prevent children from opening the lid.
About Natividad Medical Center
Natividad Medical Center is a 172-bed acute care medical center owned and operated by Monterey County , and has been providing healthcare for more than 120 years. A public community hospital, Natividad Medical Center emphasizes the care of women, children and families and offers comprehensive inpatient, outpatient, diagnostic and specialty care. Natividad is the only teaching hospital on the Central Coast , through its affiliation with the University of California , San Francisco (UCSF). With a medical staff of more than 235 physicians, Natividad’s mission is to continually improve the health status of the people of Monterey County through access to affordable, high-quality healthcare services. Natividad is based in Salinas , California . For more information, please call 831-755-4111 or visit www.natividad.com.