Button Batteries

Button Batteries Danger

The number of serious injuries or deaths as a result of button batteries has increased in the last decade. Despite their small size, lithium button batteries can cause serious injury and death in children if swallowed. Here we will check out symptoms to look out for, and what to do if you think your child may have swallowed a button battery. Small round batteries are commonly called button, coin or disc batteries because of their appearance. These small shiny batteries are very attractive to…

What to do if your child ingests poison

Many children unintentionally swallow, drink or eat poisonous products when they mistake them for edible foodstuff. What do you do if your child ingests poison? There are other ways poison can also enter a childs body, such as by breathing, injection, venomous bites or stings, or touching enough of a substance that could cause illness or death. Babies naturally explore their new world by putting everything they can into their mouths. This is how they learn. Young children are also still exploring and experiment by tasting all…

Microwave and fridge bacteria

Did you know that if you don’t clean your microwave after every use you could be cross-contaminating other foods/drinks? Your microwave is one of the safest places to defrost frozen foods, but it might not be safe afterwards. Think about it: If you thaw meat in the microwave, and some meat juice drips down or splatters on the wall. Anything you put in there afterwards could be cross-contaminated by the uncooked meat juice. Clean your microwave with a sanitizing wipe or light detergent after…

Burn Prevention: Protect your child from burns

We all want to keep our children safe and secure and help them grow to live to their full potential. Knowing how to prevent leading causes of child burns, is key to achieving this goal. Every day, over 300 children ages 0 to 19 are treated in emergency rooms for burn-related injuries and two children die as a result of being burned. Burn safety is a foreign concept to most young explorers. One of the most difficult lessons young children learn is that some…

8 Ways to keep kids safe online

With lockdowns and home online schooling, we have already been pushed to our limits, as teachers and parents. Throw into the mix, small children and teenagers, who are spending a lot of necessary time on tablets and laptops to get an education. Now we have an extra concern – cyber security threats. So, how do you teach your children to use the internet safely? Lucky for us, there is a way to teach children from a young age, to use the internet safely. Kids…

Toddler lunchbox ideas – back to school

“I am not afraid. I was born to do this.” – Joan of Arc It’s almost back to school time and you’re probably wondering “how do I get back into the routine and daily lunchboxes?” Try to make lunch a mix of foods that are tasty, healthy, easy to chew, and tried before. They shouldn’t be too difficult to chew and cut everything into toddler sized pieces that are easy to handle. Remember to ask for feedback on what your child liked or disliked…

Pool safety this summer

Splashing and swimming in a pool is a great way for families to bond and make the most of the sizzling summer weather, but it’s important not to let the fun overshadow important water safety. According to Statistics South Africa, fatal drowning is the fifth leading cause of unintentional death in the country. In South Africa, drowning rates are highest among children between 0-4 years followed by 5-14 years. In the Western Cape, 1473 fatal drowning incidents were reported between 2010 and mid-2017 (Statistics South…

Tips for a safe summer

Whether your kids are home for summer or on the road with you, use these tips to keep your family safe and healthy. Fun in the Sun Babies under 6 months of age should be kept out of the direct sunlight. Move your baby to the shade or under a tree, umbrella, or the pram canopy. Dress babies in lightweight clothing that covers the arms and legs and use brimmed hats. Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outside, and use sunscreen even on cloudy days.…

First Proteins for your baby

When your baby is used to eating fruits and vegetables, it’s the right time to start thinking about adding some proteins into his/her diet. If you think about it, breastmilk and/or formula was his/her main source of protein for the first year of his/her life. Around 7 months, you can start to add other protein sources. Proteins are a vital part of your baby’s diet, since they’ll help your baby develop and grow properly. By introducing protein into your baby’s diet will help him…

7 Brain/Development Stimulating activities you can do with your baby:

These activities are meant to give you ideas of fun things to do with your child that will boost your baby’s brain power. They are easy, everyday moves can help your baby, and later your toddler, further develop language, attention, and reasoning skills. Picture flash cards – bold black, white and red images for new-borns is particularly stimulating as they stimulate the development of the optic nerves and encourage young babies cognitive development without over-stimulating them. Textural play – one great way to keep…

Things you can do to childproof your home at no cost

The first and greatest task you can begin with, is to go around your home on your hands and knees and starting at the front door. Work your way through the house, room by room, searching for everything that could be a hazard to your baby/toddler. Turn down the temperature of your geyser to avoid accidental scalding when the hot taps are turned on. Either purchase a new crib or make sure that the inheritted crib you are using conforms to the most recent…

Childproofing the bathroom

Is there really anything in the bathroom that you want your child to access without your supervision? The most simple solution that works for most bathroom doors is a hook-and-eye or safety chain lock. If you mount the lock well above a child’s reach, unsupervised entry into the bathroom is just about impossible. Only ever let your baby in the bathroom when you are around to make sure he/she is safe. Try to establish this routine. Never leave your little one alone in the…