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4 THINGS THAT POSE THREAT ON CHILDREN IN THE HOUSE
Children are beautiful, they are little angels! One thing about these angels, they love this world, they love to explore their environment, and their level of inquisitiveness and curiosity, trust me, is unmatchable!
Due to their level of curiosity, they tend to be ”carefree”, they believe in the world for their safety, meaning that they count on us for survival and safety as behaviorists and psychologists say, when a child is not taken care of, he tends to live and grow with the sense of insecurity and lacks the trust for the world. So you can see, aside the health hazard of their unsafe environment, their mental state is also questioned.
Here are lists of things in the house that could endanger a child(ren) if not properly managed, and adequate precautions are taken.
1. Bathtub, Swimming pool.
This is the commonest hazard children are prone to. Naturally, children love water, you cannot take that away from them. Therefore, leaving them alone near such things could endanger their lives. It’s no matter how shallow the water is, at least we have heard cases about children who have head-turned into a bucket of water and suffocated.
So don’t ever be deceived by the shallowness of the water you have around. If you have a swimming pool, FOR THEIR SAKE, make a rail round it that you are sure they cannot squeeze through. And for children’s pool, please always be close by, and of course when you a child of lower age amongst children of older ones, if you can’t ban it, then stay close. And for bathtubs, put a caution on that, get keys for the BATHROOMS when you are not around, and the toilet, endeavor to make it safe enough.
Electric Sockets and Appliances: This is another thing that poses a threat to children’s lives. Now, it’s not like they know what it is, but when they’ve seen you go near that socket, see the way you plug that pressing iron, operate that electric cooker, or even charge your phone, it’s sticking to their head. For everything a child sees, he learns and he put it into practice (as that’s how it sticks in them).
For parents who always send their 3 4 5 6 years old children to go and do anything plugging into an electric socket, please desist from it.
2.Sharp Edges and Broken Objects
Children learn from plays, which means that you can’t take that away from them but rather make their play safe or make the environment safe for their plays. Falling is normal when kids play. However, there is a high rate that they will fall upon the sharp edges of furniture or broken objects in the house.
Therefore, parents should cover these edges with protective pads and also make use of plastics in the house rather than glass cups or plates. Parents should ban kids from jumping from the bed to the ground. You shouldn’t put obstacle nor glass objects in their playing and running areas either. Make it a hazard-free environment.
3. Small Objects
At tender age, children learn better with their mouth most especially at the oral stage of development. That is why whatever a child holds, the first thing he want to do is to know what that thing is (learn) by simply assessing it with his mouth. That’s why even a child who is still being breastfed, would sometimes just want to have the mother’s nipple in his mouth, not because he wants to eat but to him, it’s a way he is learning about his mother.
Considering this, you know that whatever these children stumble on, the first thing they want to do is put it in their mouth. As from the fact that it’s unhygienic, it also poses a threat to their health as some of these children will just want to taste and in the process ignorantly swallow them.
So, parents put away small objects like buttons, pins, etc. Besides, small fruits like berry, nuts, etc… can make them choke too. Parents should take care when feeding kids these.
I don’t think we need to emphasize this. Even on the medic pack, it’s always written boldly, KEEP OUT OF THE REACH OF CHILDREN.
In children’s eyes, drugs (pills) with colors look exactly like sweet candy. They can’t distinguish them and are not aware of their danger either. If even the drugs are for them, the sweet taste could make them want to take more thereby making it
overdose. Therefore, parents should keep drug shelves or boxes beyond the reach of these children.
In conclusion, parents should always have a keen interest in their children’s safety.
Adeshile Adekolajo is a graduate of Psychology from the University of Abuja, He works for Ntel Nigeria and he owns – Mccollybright.blogspot.com.
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