Suffocation

Growing infants and young children are particularly prone to accidents. Don’t you think it’s impossible for the most faithful parent to be watching her child for twenty-four hours a day? Certain risks are inevitable. Sure, but many accidents may be avoided. Do your best to train your child from the moment he or she learns to crawl. By instilling in their very responsive minds (and infants absorb information at an amazingly rapid rate) and by repetition, they will gradually learn to avoid the danger zones. Here are some of the many spheres in which accidents can occur. The list covers only a few of the important items. A full list would involve an entire volume.

Tragedies from suffocation have occurred on innumerable occasions, and they will continue, it seems. The trouble is that small babies are often unable to extricate themselves from situations where their air supply is blocked or reduced.

Avoiding a pillow for the first twelve months is often recommended. Or using one through which breathing is possible, even when baby has its face buried deeply into it. Friendly cats may be a menace, especially if they make a habit of jumping into baby’s pram and nestling close to the child’s face. This can be a disaster. A protective screen may be essential.

Plastic bags are dangerous and should never be left about where there are young children. Placed over the head they may be lethal. If you use them, store them securely away, or else knot them firmly so that they cannot be used in a dangerous manner.