Are you Prepared for an Infant/Toddler Emergency?
No parent ever wants to experience a infant/toddler emergency but unfortunately, they happen! Are you prepared?
Our little babies are so adventurous and learning new skills every single day. They like to put everything in sight into their mouths, this can lead to an emergency where you need to think and act fast!!
Being prepared for these situations BEFORE they happen is the best thing you can do.
I am the kind of person that PANICS whenever there is a crisis! Those situations can be terrifying!! My boyfriend is the calm and collected one in the relationship (thank God) so he always knows what to do!
That’s exactly why before I gave birth to my son, he suggested I get educated on what to do incase there is an infant/toddler emergency and my boyfriend is not there.
I’ve collected some VERY helpful resources and videos to help educate you for these types of situations.
I’m also including a FREE PRINTABLE – an Emergency Contact List to keep on the fridge!
Every home should have an easy access emergency contact list. This can be used by you, your babysitter, or your older children. Plus, it’s SUPER CUTE so you won’t have to hide it in a drawer, just stick it on the fridge!
1. Choking & CPR:
Choking is one of the most common infant/toddler emergencies. I’ve witnessed my son choke before and it’s VERY SCARY!
Us moms can try and PREVENT choking by making sure there is nothing your child can swallow on the floor, crib, or wherever your child is playing. Watch for small batteries, coins, marbles, small toys, etc. Don’t let your young child eat food unattended.
Here is some information from the Red Cross on Child & Baby First Aid.
What you will read:
- Before Administering Baby or Child First Aid
- If the child is NOT breathing follow these baby and child first aid steps for seeking assistance and administering CPR
- If the child does respond and IS breathing
This is the Red Cross step by step guild to administering Child & Baby CPR:
*I am a visual learner so seeing it in action sticks with me better than if I were to just read it.*
Here is a list of some super informative videos on what to do in an infant/toddler emergency.
*If you want to get training and CPR certified, here is a link to the Red Cross. Type in your city and it will list classes you can take to become CPR certified.*
2. Ingesting Poison:
Children love to open up every single cabinet and pull things out. Baby proofing our dangerous cabinets such as where we keep cleaning supplies and our medicine cabinet is the BEST way to ensure our children don’t get into those poisonous chemicals.
The American Association of Poison Control Centers phone number:
This is a video about Poison Control in your home.
3. Minor Burns:
Keep your children away from the oven, hot stove, and anything else they can burn themselves on. Dress them properly for sunny weather to protect them from sunburns.
Here is a link on Treating Burns and Scalds in Children:
Now that you’ve learned some crucial skills on how to treat an infant/toddler emergency, I hope that you feel a little bit more prepared incase a situation arises. Don’t forget your free Emergency Contact List above!!
Check out my other post about The Secret to Cleaning When You Have Kids + Free Printable!