Child health and safety at home

Child health and safety at home

Child health and safety at home

Child safety at home:
Most common accidents:
– Tampering with chemicals (medicines, detergents, etc.).
Games-related problems.
– the fall.
– burns.
Home injuries and accidents can happen at any time, some of the causes are obvious and others are not
The other may not be noticed, and there are guidelines for preventing accidents in each of the following places:

The kitchen:
– Getting children out of the kitchen while cooking.
– Keep the handles of pots and pans away from the side of the oven, and make sure to use the eyes of the ovens
internal and not near the end.
– Keep hot foods away from children, as well as not leaving them on the edge of the table top.
Keep sharp tools away from children, or put them in locked cabinets.


– Ensuring the safety of the child’s bed or cradle, and that it is equipped with barriers to prevent it from falling while sleeping
– Avoid putting cotton dolls with the baby while sleeping; to avoid sleeping on it and suffocating it.
Monitor the child continuously when taking a shower, even when answering the phone
Check the water temperature before bathing the baby. to avoid burns.
– Keep electrical tools (such as: hair dryer) away from water, and separate them when not in use.
Ensure that the doors of all toilets and laundry rooms are closed.

Electrical safety:
Cover unused electrical plugs with their own covers.
– Organizing wires within dedicated insulators, and keeping them away from the path of baby strollers.
Chemicals (medicines, detergents, etc.):
– Putting all medicines, detergents and cosmetics on the upper shelves or in
Closed places, so that children do not differentiate between them and sweets.

The games:
– Make sure to buy toys that are suitable for the child’s age.
Beware of toys with sharp edges and small parts.
– Make sure to read the instructions attached to the game, in terms of age and cleaning method
and others.
– Beware of toys that contain parts that may cause the child to choke (eg: balls).
Keep children’s toys away from newborns.

General Instructions:
Ensure that you have a first aid kit at home.
– Making sure to lock the doors of the house; To prevent children from going out into the street unattended.
Ensure that there are security barriers in the windows; To protect children from the risk of falling.
– keeping furniture away from windows; To prevent children from climbing it and reaching the window.
-Place the safety door at the beginning and end of the stairs.
-Keep plastic bags away from children.

-Keep cigarettes away from children.
-Keep weapons away from children, and if there is a gun in the house, it must be unloaded
Hide bullets well and keep bullets out of the gun.
– Stay near the child when sitting in places far from the ground (eg: chairs).
-Place lighters and matches in high cabinets.
-First aid for choking

Choking occurs when a foreign object becomes lodged in the throat or windpipe, obstructing the passage of the lungs
Air, often caused by food in adults, and swallowing of small objects
for young children.

Hold the throat with the hands.
– Inability to speak.
Difficulty breathing or wheezing.
A whistling sound when trying to breathe.
Weak or strong cough.
Skin and lips turn blue.
– Unconsciousness.

First Aid:
– If the person is able to breathe hard, he should continue to cough.
– But if the person is choking and unable to speak, cry, or laugh forcefully, then he must
Do the following:
1. Stand behind the injured person.
2. Putting one foot in front of the other a little to achieve balance.
3. Wrap the arms around the injured person’s waist.
4. Lean the injured person forward slightly.
5. Make a fist with the other hand, then place it above the navel area.
6. Hold the fist with the other hand, then direct a strong pressure on the abdomen quickly upwards.
7. Perform 6 to 10 abdominal pressures until the stuck object is removed.

If the injured person has lost consciousness, do CPR with compressions
thoracic and rescue breaths.

Source: Saudi Ministry of Health