Childproofing Your Home: Do It The Right Way by Dr. Chetan Ginigeri

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Written by Dr. Chetan Ginigeri

Dr. Chetan Ginigeri

Childproofing Your Home

It is an enjoyable phase for both baby and parents when the baby starts crawling and moving forward towards his first step. But that feeling of joy comes along with the feeling of fear of injuries. So, it becomes a crucial time for parents, and they need to be more attentive regarding the small household things as the most innocuous household objects become a threat to your crawling baby. Here comes the importance of childproofing your home.

Childproofing the home doesn’t mean adding a few latches to the cabinet and attaching edge and corner guards. Of course, they are also important, but there are a lot more aspects you should care about.  Remember, the amount of opportunities for small children to get into danger in an average home is astounding. In this article, we are going to discuss some measures regarding childproofing your home: path for better safety.

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Things To Consider For Childproofing Your Home

Following are some of the factors to consider before childproofing your home:

1. Falls


Falling is a crucial part of childhood. But these can be very harmful and a threat to your child’s health. It may cause various injuries and fractures to the soft bones of your child. Many of the time, children slip from the spilled liquid on the floor and get a bone fractured. So it becomes very important to monitor small things to protect your child from those dangerous falls.

2. Burns

Burns can be very painful for that toddler and can leave a mark on his painful accident for a lifetime. So, it becomes very important to consider some safety points to protect your baby from burns.

3. Poisoning

Poisoning can be life-threatening for your child. Children have a habit of putting everything in their mouths, whether it’s edible or not. So keep sure to keep all the poisonous things away from your child.

4. Drowning

Babies enjoy a lot while bathing. But you need to make sure that it is safe for children. According to many reports, most mishappenings happen with a child in the bathroom, which makes them phobic and harms them in various ways.

5. Electrocution


Electric shocks can be dangerous and hazardous to your baby. Most of the time, parents leave the appliance powered on that makes a child prone to the electric shock caused due to those appliances. So it is very important to childproof your home from electrocution to provide a safe childhood for your baby.

6. Strangulation And Suffocation

Many parents have a habit of leaving their children in the car while going shopping. But believe me, it can be very dangerous for the child. Other than that, children have a habit of putting plastic bags on their faces which can cause suffocation and can be life-threatening for them.

7. Injuries From Guns And Knives

Knives and guns are better to keep in their place and out of the reach of your innocent child as he doesn’t know how dangerous it could be for him. So, never forget it near your child. For better knowledge, here are some safety measures you can opt for to make your home a safe home for your growing child.

Childproofing: A Path To Better Safety

Let’s check out some of the right ways to make everything simplified for the growing baby and relieve the parents from any kind of stress.

Burns: Baby-Proof Your Kitchen

Baby-Proof Your Kitchen

  • Keep your child away from the hot cooking utensils.
  • Make sure to cook while your child is sleeping.
  • Do not keep hot tea or beverages near your child as he may spill them over him.
  • After cooking, don’t forget to close the doors of the kitchen so that your child could not enter it while crawling.
  • Keep away all sharp objects like pins, knives, etc., from your child.

Childproofing Your Home To Prevent Injuries

  • Avoid the spilling of water or any other liquid on the floor. If done, wipe it as fast as possible.
  • Take care while your child starts crawling over the stairs and train him to do it correctly.
  • While sleeping doesn’t forget to keep pillows aside from your baby’s bed, so he doesn’t fall while changing the sides sleeping.
  • Don’t forget your gun around your child, and make sure to keep it in the locked cupboard.
  •  Never keep your gun loaded.
  • Keep a check to cover the electrical outlets with baby-safe latches.
  •  Make sure to remove all the chargers from the plugs and power them when not in use.
  • Never leave your child inside the car.
  • Keep all the threads and plastic bags away from the reach of your child.

Childproofing Your Home From Poisons

  • Keep all the medicines and cleaners at a great height.
  • Keep all the insecticides, mosquito refills, and rat kills away from the reach of children.

Childproofing Your Home For Water Safety

Childproofing Home For Water Safety

To prevent your child from drowning:

  • Lock the doors of your bathroom so that your baby can’t reach them without your presence.
  • Be attentive if you are going to a pool party with your child and ensure to make him wear a life jacket while swimming in the baby pool.
  • While giving a bath to your child in the bathtub, make sure not to leave him alone and check the level of the water is not more than his chest area.
  • Keep the toilet-seat lid down, put in a latch, and ask the visitors also to use it. We recommend doubling the check once the toilet is used by the visitors. Unfortunately, the toilet is just the correct height for your toddler to stick his head in. For the reason that toddler is top-heavy, he or she could fall over and not be able to get up; the water in the toilet is more than enough for drowning!!

Child Proofing The BathRoom

  • Install anti-scalding devices on faucets and showerheads. This will help to prevent burning instances. Besides, adjust the water heater thermostat to 120 degrees. Remember, if a toddler gets exposed to 140-degree hot water for even a duration of 3 seconds can end up in a three-degree burn!
  • Cover up unused electrical outlets in the bathroom with outlet protectors or safety caps.
  • Don’t let the bathroom door shut fully. Did you know that most of the amputation cases reported in toddlers involve thumps and fingers? This, more often than not, happens due to door slamming.

Wrap It Up

Following these tips, you will surely see a significant change in your baby’s security and desired growth. Not only will it bring down many unexpected dangers, but also limit the work in the best way.

Dr. Chetan Ginigeri,MBBS(JIPMER), MD (PGIMER), Fellowship PICU (Kings College London)
Head of Dept – Paediatric & Neonatal services, Aster CMI Hospital
17 years of experience

Dr Chetan Ginigeri is an experienced Pediatric Intensivist with national and international training. With 15 years of experience, he is one among very few Intensivists in India trained to take care of children who need/had organ transplants. He has been responsible for coordinating the Pediatric Organ Transplant program.Read more.

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