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    Baby Safety

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    Baby Bathing Safety

    • Always test the bath water to make sure it is not too hot before setting your baby in the water. Dipping your elbow in the water is a good way to test.
    • Turn down your hot water heater to 120° F.
    • Never leave your baby unattended in the bathtub or bath ring. It only takes a few seconds for a baby to drown.
    • Store small appliances, such as hair dryers and radios, away from the water and bathing areas. Keep these appliances unplugged and out of reach when not in use.

    Baby Toy Safety

    • Inspect your child's toys often. Be sure that toys are unbreakable, do not come apart, do not have small parts that could be chewed or broken off, and are not sharp. The pieces/toys should be larger than your baby's mouth.
    • Use toy chests without lids or with supports that hold a lid open in any position.
    • Be cautious with balloons to prevent choking.

    Baby Choking or Strangulation Prevention

    • NEVER put strings or cords around your baby's neck (such as to hold a pacifier) or near baby's crib. Be cautious of strings or buttons on clothing; make sure they are not in danger of choking your baby.
    • Secure cords on blinds and drapes out of reach to prevent accidental strangulation.
    • Put away small objects -- even display items -- that can cause injury or choking if swallowed.

    Baby Feeding Safety

    • Never prop up your baby's bottle and leave your baby unattended; your baby could choke. Do not put your baby to bed with a bottle.
    • Avoid giving your child raw carrots, unpeeled apples, nuts, hard candies, and other foods that present a choking hazard.
    • In a highchair, always use restraining straps that run around your child's waist and between his legs to keep him from sliding out.
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