9 Tips to Keep Your Hyperactive Toddler Safe at Home
Of all the places your children can be, your home should be the safest and most comfortable. Home is where your children first learn to explore the world around them. It’s where they grow to be responsible people who can take care of themselves. As a parent, it is your duty to make the home livable for your children. When you have hyperactive toddlers, it’s all the more important for you to take proactive measures in childproofing your living environment.
Toddlers are always vulnerable to danger, but you can change that fact by removing all the hazards in their surroundings. Don’t underestimate the potential risks that can harm your kids. Remember, home accidents are the leading cause of death among children. In Australia, almost 68,000 children between the ages of 0-14 years we hospitalised for injury and just short of 1,500 deaths are credited to home accidents each year. This alarming number should make you understand just how crucial home safety is. Childproofing should continue long after you’ve installed a few devices and tucked away some harmful materials. Constant vigilance is required to detect all the hidden dangers that your children are exposed to everyday. Here are some time-tested tips on how to keep your kids safe at home.
Furniture check: Keep all home essentials secure
Your kids will not survive a month unless you know how to keep them safe around furniture. Your house interior is a big safety hazard especially if you have large furniture and appliances everywhere. The TV set, dresser, refrigerator, hair dryer, microwave—each one of these poses a risk to curious kids. Your child may climb on the TV stand and be buried in a heavy pile of plastic and glass. This is why Dr. Gary Smith, director of the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Ohio, advises that “all heavy furniture need to be anchored to the wall or to the floor” to avoid accidents. As for electrical appliances, you know exactly why they’re a red flag for the young ones. It can only go two ways: either they acquire burns or get electrocuted.
Safe passages: Secure all windows, doors, and staircases
Hyperactive kids will always find a way to hurt themselves. Apparently, their favorite method is falling from a window or a staircase. As a safety measure for hyperactive kids, you should keep all passageways blocked. As Alison Rhodes, founder of Safety Mom Solutions, said, “If you have a window that’s low to the floor, or a window seat, it’s imperative that you install a guard.”
It’s also best if you keep window blinds cordless so your kids won’t be at risk of being caught in the looped cord and getting strangled. For maximum protection, you should also install safety gates that can block toddlers from accessing staircases. The consequences can be grave when your child tumbles and trips on the stairs. As for doors, you should install safety devices that will keep them from closing all the way. This will prevent your kids from getting their fingers amputated because of a door that slams shut without warning.
Kitchen alert: No kids where the knives are
The kitchen is one of the least child-friendly places inside the house. To ensure your kids’ safety, you should keep this area off-limits. The kitchen presents so many dangers to children like chemical poisoning, burns, choking, and electrocution.
To eliminate these risks, store away all harmful chemicals and hazardous materials inside locked cabinets. Keep knives and other cutlery where toddlers can’t reach them even when they climb on the kitchen countertop.
Out of reach: Lock away all safety hazards
You won’t be able to identify the hidden risks inside your home unless you look at things from the perspective and point of view of your young ones. Candles and matches can be a problem if you leave them inside drawers that are easily accessible to toddlers. Photo frames made of glass can be a hazard because kids may cut themselves after they break the frame. Remote control covers and batteries can be dangerous especially when ingested. Pills can also pose a problem if they get into the hands of the little ones. All these ordinary things may seem harmless to an adult, but to a kid who has no clear concept of danger, these things are all safety hazards.
Fire and bolt: Avoid house fires and electrocutions
If you’re the type of parent who wants to give your hyperactive children the liberty to move around the house with little supervision, then you should at least make sure that all potential hazards are out of their way. That means covering the fireplace and all power strips. Install heat-resistant gates in the fireplace so your kids won’t injure themselves against the stony heart. Also, keep the power strips hidden behind furniture so your kids won’t find the cord, the electrical sockets, and the switches.
Water wary: Keep the young ones safe around water
Did you know that toddlers could drown in less than an inch of water? That’s how defenseless they are when left unattended. This is why you should take home safety for kids seriously. You can do this by supervising your kids while they’re taking a bath and keeping an eye on them while they’re splashing in the pool. Also, it would be smart to keep the toilet lid closed when not in use so your kids won’t fall in if they get too curious. Never leave your kids unattended near water.
Pet frenzy: Let kids know their limits
Owning a family pet is almost a given in every home. Dogs and cats are especially popular among families with little children. While it can be invigorating to play with a pet, you should never leave your children alone with one because even a family pet can pose a danger to naughty kids. As much as possible, let your children understand their limits in terms of interacting with pets. Discourage rough games and banters that can provoke an unpleasant encounter. Teach your children to respect all animals and behave around them.
Toy mania: Watch what kids play with
Sometimes, the things you count on to entertain your children will pose a hazard instead. Small toys, whatever their shape or material, can be a choke hazard. Even stuffed animals can suffocate babies and one-year-olds. Crayons and other art supplies are also a threat since they can easily be broken into pieces and then ingested. But the biggest risks, as far as Dr. Gary Smith is concerned, are balloons. He said, “Latex balloons should be kept completely away from children under eight. As many as half of children’s choking deaths caused by toys are due to balloons.”
Emergency know-how: Learn how to do first-aid
Your children will always be exposed to harm no matter how hard you try to keep them safe. Sometimes, prevention isn’t always enough. When worse comes to worst, it’s good to have some basic knowledge of first-aid practices to save your children when their lives are on the line. Learn how to give a CPR. Make sure a first-aid kit is always handy. Keep important numbers in your phonebook for emergencies. You’ll never know what will happen so it’s always best to be prepared.
If you follow these tips, you can eliminate plenty of risks inside the house that can potentially hurt or injure your children. When your kids are safe, everyone in the household is happy. A safe and secure home for toddlers means less stress for you, too. So don’t put off applying these safety tips in your own home!