Safety is one of the top priorities of every parent’s life. Although there are some common hazards that all parents are careful to keep them away from their children such as cleaning supplies, medications, sharp knives and pesticides, the danger lies in the poisoning hazards that you may not be aware of.
Thankfully, being aware of the previously unknown risks means that now you can fix or avoid those things to make your home as safe as possible for the whole family. In this article, we share the most dangerous households most of the parents ignore so that you can check out them and keep your home safe.
1. Essential Oils: We always think that essential oils, like lavender, peppermint, eucalyptus and tea tree oil, are natural products derived from plants, so surely they’re safe, but this is not always right. Essential oil exposures can cause rashes, vomiting, stomach pain, breathing and nervous system difficulties, confusion, muscle weakness, seizures, and even coma. This can happen if the child drinks the oil or when a parent uses too much of it or uses it in an inappropriate way (for instance, using an oil undiluted). And if your child tries to swallow the oil but chokes, it can get into his lungs (aspiration) and cause pneumonia.
2. Cosmetics and Personal Care Products: Cosmetics and personal care products are some of the most common causes of poisoning among young children. That is because they contain tons of chemicals which their damage depends on the product and its chemical makeup. For instance, if your child inhales talcum baby powder, it can cause breathing problems and lung damage. Any more than a taste of hand sanitizer can put them at risk for alcohol poisoning.
3. Plants: Despite of its lovely look plants can be dangerous to children. According to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHoP), “oxalate plants contain sharp, tiny crystals in their juices, leaves, and stems, called calcium oxalate crystals.” If the child ingests these crystals, it can cause pain and if touched, it can seriously irritate skin, CHoP noted. A few of the plants which pose safety hazards are calla lily, elephants ear, peace lily, chrysanthemums, marigold, and poinsettia, according to CHoP.
4. Bedtime Boosters: According to the experts at Baby Center, stuffed animals, bumpers, or pillows can boost help your kid boos themselves out of the crib. Additionally, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggested that children who are 35 inches tall you should transition out of sleeping in cribs. Of course every child is different, but these are helpful guidelines to consider.