How safe do you feel when your child is away from your sight?
This is one distressed thought that keeps haunting a parent, especially a mother whenever her child is away from her.
Do you think you can keep a tab on your child day and night & not leave him alone for a moment? No, not unless you don’t want your child to grow and flourish.
After all they are individuals who need a variety of environments to explore and play with for their overall development.
Your kid may meet and interact with new people either at school or other places like gardens or football playground or poolside even when he is not with you.
But then how can you ensure that your child is safe enough and can take care of himself when he is not around the neck of the woods?
To be honest, there’s no foolproof method to control that. Make no mistake.
A Child is always Safe with parents!
However, you can certainly put your personal checklist in place to ensure that those common surroundings or systems are fail-safe and have no room for slip-up.
We have listed out these 8 spaces which you can revisit and make changes if you already haven’t!
Preschool is a very important environment that you child goes to. You should do a thorough research while selecting a preschool. And only after doing a basic check on the helping staff and teachers by verifying their background with the school if possible should you consider a preschool for your child.
Also look for the play area to not have any kind of sharp ended toys or objects which may hurt the child while playing. In case there are areas leading to staircase or basements in preschool then the children should not have a free access to that or they should be gated.
Make your child memorize basic contact details like your mobile number ,an acquaintance’s or a relative’s contact number, your house address, & your name on his tips which can come in handy in an emergency.
You can also place a tag around your child’s neck with all these details in case your child gets lost and is not able to recall however never display these as visible to everyone. No unknown person should know your child’s name.
If your child uses an external transport like a cab or school bus to go to the school, you need to do a thorough background check of the transport staff like the bus driver, conductors, school bus attendants etc.
Obtain their phone numbers and photos if possible. Tell your child not to sit at the back in the school bus rather occupy the seats in the front or middle section.
Ensure that all electrical appliances like Irons, blenders etc. are well-wired and shock proof. Keep them out of your child’s reach who is naturally curious and naughty and likes to experiment & fiddle with almost everything in the house.
Sharp objects like scissors, knives or needles are a big no-no and should be hidden away in cupboards. Also, burning candles or matches should not be placed within the child’s reach.
Make a note in case your child is allergic to any particular kind of foods, peanuts, wheat or milk for instance. At home you can totally avoid feeding the child with these foods.
If your child takes food at school like a mid-day meal, do let the school staff know strictly not to provide those food items to your child.
Swimming Pool :
Water is a big danger for kids. If your child has access to the swimming pool in school or as an extra-curricular activity, you need to keep an eye on them at all times. Kids can drown in no time.
Toddlers even have dangers of getting drowned in toilets or bath tubs. They usually fall head down first and then sink down. So, if you have a toddler at home, try to keep the toilet covered by a lid and don’t store water in bath tub or sinks by any chance.
Strangers – No talking:
Explain to your kid that they should not talk to any stranger and not respond if they are questioned. This should be explained very strictly as a rule they need to follow.
No matter where they are, if they are being told by a stranger that their mom is calling them at the end of the corner, they don’t have to follow them instead run away from them and reach to the person they are with. Similarly if they are offered a candy or chocolate, they should not accept it.
Keep all medicines including vitamins& minerals out of your child’s reach, even any kind of tonics. We normally place these daily medicine bottles at the bedside tables forgetting that there is a little one at home who likes to explore things around.
Medicines should never be referred to as something sweeter or nice to eat when your child sees you eating it everyday and questions.
Low tables are easy target for kids to grab stuff
As soon as your kid learns the basics of the body and body parts, explain and teach the kid about the right and the wrong kind of touch.
Tell them that if at any time anyone except their parents try to touch them, they must shout out loud or run away and reach out for help. They must inform their parents immediately about it and not shy away at all.
Small materials like buttons, safety pins, coins, balloons or any other small soft and rounded objects are a prime attraction for kids to put them in their mouths and create choking hazards. So these must be placed out of their easy reach.
Until the age of 4, kids are prone to getting choked by foods like popcorn, peanuts, grapes, nuts, chewing gums, candies, raisins which can block the wind pipe and cause difficulty in breathing. So, these foods should be avoided.