Health and safety information from your pediatricians
- Please seek medical care if your baby is under 2 months old and has a temperature of 100.4 F or over.
- When possible, avoid sick people when your child is under two months of age.
Safe Sleeping (infants)
- Always put your baby to sleep on their back.
- It is safest for babies to sleep in a crib in your room, but not in your bed.
- Make sure the baby’s bed has a firm mattress and a tight sheet.
- Keep soft objects and loose bedding out of the crib (bumpers, pillows, comforters).
- Children should use a rear-facing safety seat until age 2.
- Children should use a booster seat until they are at least 8 years old and 4’9″ tall.
- Children should ride in the back seat of the car until they are 13 years old.
- Brush your child’s teeth twice a day and see a dentist two times a year.
- Bring your child to the dentist at age 3 or younger.
- Use a small amount of fluorinated toothpaste for children of all ages.
- Please stop using bottles by 15 months of age.
- Do not give a bottle in bed.
- Have regular times for your toddler to eat, please do not let them drink milk or juice constantly throughout the day.
- Set the water heater so the temperature is 120 F or below.
- Do not use a baby walker.
- The poison control number is 1-800-222-1222.
- Keep medications, cleaning supplies, and poisons locked away.
- Make sure both smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors have working batteries (check monthly).
- Test the stability of large pieces of furniture such as bookshelves.
- Anchor these larger pieces of furniture to the wall.
- Place safety plugs (that are not chocking hazards) in all unused electrical outlets.
- If it is necessary to have a gun in the home, please store it unloaded and locked with the ammunition separate from the gun.
- If your child plays in other homes, please ask if guns are present and how they are stored.
Feeding your infant/child
- Do not give your child honey until they are over 1 year of age.
Safety Outside the Home
- Make sure your child has a properly fitting helmet.
- Children should wear a helmet each time they ride a bicycle, skateboard, ski, skate, or snowboard.