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Tips for Grandparents

Tips for Grandparents
  • Always keep all medication out of child's reach
  • Never leave children in the kitchen unsupervised. 
  • Store dangerous items out of kids' reach. (Provide safety latches, if necessary.) 
  • Keep hot food and drinks, glassware, and knives away from counter edges. 
  • Use only back burners on the stove; if front burners must be used, turn pot handles toward the back of the stove.

In the bathroom:

  • Keep medicine cabinets locked. Adult prescription medicines are very hazardous to young children.
  • Use child-resistant packaging for any prescription medication in use while children are visiting. Local pharmacists can provide the proper containers. 
  • Call the local poison-control center if you have any questions. 
  • Remove sharp utensils and appliances, such as razors, scissors, and blow-dryers from the bathroom. Store them where the children cannot reach them during the visit. 
  • Lower the temperature of the hot-water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit so that children cannot scald themselves when taking a bath.

In the bedroom:

  • Beware of old cribs that do not meet current safety requirements. (To be safe, use a portable crib.)
  • Make certain beds and cribs are well away from windows and blind and drapery cords. 
  • Remove matches, lighters, medications, and breakable objects from the room in which children will sleep.

Around the house:

  • Check that all toys are safe and age-appropriate for children. (Grandparents may need help with this.)
  • Cover all unused electrical outlets with outlet covers. 
  • Make sure smoke detectors are in working order. 
  • Comb the house for reachable items that can be swallowed. 
  • Post emergency numbers by the phone if they are not already posted. 
  • Consider pets, if there are any. Some pets, used to living only with adults, become nervous or jealous around young children.

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