Safety and First Aid

Safety and First Aid should always be on your mind if you babysit your Grandchild regularly!

Child Safety and First Aid really go hand in hand especially when taking care of any child. When a baby becomes part of your family, it is time to make sure that your home is a safe place. As suggested by Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), childproofing a home to make it safe for the new grandchild is essential.

Gated Grandsons
Gate for Childproofing an Area

As a grandparent, it is your job to ensure that you also create a safe home for your grandbaby and we discussed that earlier in Childproofing Grandparents Home.

It also is important that you take the necessary steps to make sure that you are mentally and emotionally ready for your new grandbaby. These suggestions don't cost any money and are vital to keeping your new grandbaby safe!

Is my Grandparent's House Safe?

Clear Electrical Plug
Cabinet lock
Clear Electrical Safety Plug

Now that I'm crawling, is my grandparent's house safe?

Most of these tips on Safety and First Aid haven't been addressed before on this site. Please read carefully, these tips could save your grandbaby's life.

Or these tips can assist you in keeping your grandchild from a harmful injury!

The CDC tips include:

  • Do not shake your babyever! Babies have very weak neck muscles that are not yet able to support their heads. If you shake your baby, you can damage his brain or even cause his death.
  • Protect your baby and family from secondhand smoke. Do not allow anyone to smoke in your home.

Car Seats
  • Place your baby in a rear-facing car seat in the back seat while he is riding in a car. This is recommended by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  • Make sure you always put your baby to sleep on his back to prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (commonly known as SIDS).

Sliced Strawberries

Prevent your baby from choking by cutting his food into small bites. 

Always cut up fruit for your grandchild to eat.  Our grandson's love strawberries!

Also, don’t let him play with small toys and other things that might be easy for him to swallow.

Beware of Hot Liquids
  • Don’t allow your baby to play with anything that might cover his face.

  • Never carry hot liquids or foods near your baby or while holding him.
  • Vaccines (shots) are important to protect your child’s health and safety. Because children can get serious diseases, it is important that your child get the right shots at the right time. Talk with the parents to make sure that your grandchild is up-to-date on his vaccinations.

Medicine Cabinet Essentials

Below is a list of the essentials items that you should have in your medicine cabinet if your Grandbaby visits often:

Medicine Cabinet Children's Items
  • Rectal thermometer
  • Fever reducer and pain reliever, i.e., Children's Advil
  • Cotton balls and swabs
  • Saline drops
  • Suction Bulb for runny nose
  • Baby nail clippers
  • Diaper rash cream, i.e., Desitin
  • Petroleum jelly; i.e., Vaseline

Safety and First Aid knowledge is essential in keeping your Grandchild safe in your home and is a necessity if you babysit regularly! As soon as your grandchildren are sitting up, then I would suggest that you begin purchasing these items.

First Aid Reminders from the CDC

This is a combination of items for older children that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has suggested that all households have available in case of bumps, bruises, cuts, splinters, etc.

CDC Household Items

  • Pencil and notepad to record any medical information
  • Box of nonporous disposable gloves
  • Sealed packages of alcohol wipes or antiseptic
  • Small scissors
  • Tweezers (for removing splinters)
  • Thermometer
  • Small splints
  • Adhesive bandage tape
  • Sterile gauze 2" and3" squares
  • Triangular bandages
  • Flexible roller gauze in 1" and 2" widths
  • Triangular bandages
  • Safety pins
  • Eye dressing
  • Insect sting preparation
  • Cold pack
  • Sealable plastic bags for soiled items

Ban Syrup of Ipecac from your Kit

The Syrup of ipecac was originally included in the First Aid Kit list, but recently has come under much scrutiny and I have left it off. I thought my son had ingested a poison and when I found him, I called the CDC.

At that time, they suggested that I give this medication to him and it caused a violent reaction and vomiting for a lengthy period of time. I'm not sure that I would ever give it again!

Hints to Safety and First Aid

To re-emphasize the importance of safety and first aid while childproofing your home, check out Center for Disease Control and Prevention for these listed below and other other suggestions:

Put your baby to sleep on his back

Syrup of ipecac

Find more grandparenting ideas online at our Home Page Grandparenting Essentials 

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