So yesterday I was babysitting my adorable nephew and I just felt compelled to write these 5 child safety tips that came to mind (some I’ve been mentally hoarding)..When I mentioned #3 below to a friend, she was shocked to learn it…

Keeping your kids safe is no easy task.  The world is pragmatic, toxic and filled with silly idiocracies (is that a word already?)… So here are some random child safety tips!

TIP #6: DON’T BUY LAUNDRY “PODS”  

~EVEN IF YOU DON’T HAVE KIDS~

So Tide sells these “pods”. You may or may not have heard that they are injuring kids (especially the types that will put anything in their mouths). They think the pods are candy so they eat them  ~ even play with them. 

But what if you don’t have any kids?  You still don’t want them for two reasons. Reason 1: They are filled with nasty chemicals hence why kids are going to the hospital. Reason 2: Don’t support their production/sales. Because “Breaking News to Tide“: Some people don’t watch your commercials & therefore don’t know they are so toxic!

TIP #5: TEACH YOUR INFANT/TODDLER HOW TO FLOAT 

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), drowning is the 3rd leading cause of unintentional injury death worldwide (children being most at risk). One way to combat this is by teaching your infant/toddler how to survival float/swim (via a trained expert in the field!)) Here’s a good article from The New York Times. Although some take issue to it, for those who live near a lot of water and/or have kids that are rambunctious, it might be a good idea.

TIP #4: KEEP YOUR POTS TURNED AWAY FROM THE STOVETOP’S EDGE

It’s so easy to knock a pot off the stove and if it’s a boiling pot, then it could be very bad! This tip also applies to knives and other dangerous objects you frequent in the kitchen. Keep the pot turned away as I quickly demonstrate below…

TIP #3: DON’T KEEP DRANO IN THE HOUSE ~ EVER 

So Drano (and other “drain cleaners”) are one of those things that if a kid were to drink a substantial amount of it, said kid could could die very painfully. The chemicals in drain cleansers (Drano being the most popular) are so incredibly powerful and toxic that damage to the esophagus begins to occur rapidly.

My tip is that if you buy Drano or any other drain cleaner,  use it the same day you buy it. Upon use, rinse out the bottle and recycle. And here’s some natural alternatives to Drano.

TIP #2: TEACH YOUR CHILDREN TO BE DISOBEDIENT TO ADULTS 

This tip may be throwing you off, but listen up! I’m not saying to teach your kids bad manners or how to be impolite. What I am saying is that you need to teach your children that they are allowed & able to stand up to adults & other ” authority figures”.  Why?  This article by the Huffington Post describes how the abduction of a 10 year old girl was prevented by the child standing up to an adult…

So instill a deep understanding that it is okay to be disobedient to the “older” and “wiser” especially  when something feels off or bad. This could be useful not only in a potential abduction attempt but also with an inappropriate teacher or some other seemingly trustworthy person.

TIP #1: PUT YOUR PHONE IN THE BACKSEAT WITH YOUR KID

Even though a relatively small amount of children die annually from suffocating in a heated car, it’s one of the most tragic incidences of accidental death. This tip provides a reminder of sorts. Odd but true! I also feel putting your phone and purse in the backseat is important for another reason: PREVENTING TEXTING & DRIVING.

So take a 30-day challenge, put your phone/bag  in the backseat.  I DARE YOU.  And sidenote: don’t give your phone to your kid. That might be more distracting! Hide it if you must…

PS:  Do you follow Wellness Mama? She is an amazing resource for pregnancy/holistic parenting advice! I always opt for holistic, “functional medicine”  when possible especially considering how medical errors may be the 3rd leading cause of death

 

Image (unedited) via Unsplash – Luke Michael 
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