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Health Tip: Keep Newborns Safer

Health Tip: Keep Newborns Safer

(HealthDay News) -- Hundreds of babies die every year from accidents that are completely preventable.

What can parents do to prevent a tragedy? The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends:

  • Whenever baby travels with you, always securely strap the infant into an appropriate car seat. The device should always be in the back seat and face toward the rear.

  • Prevent falls by making sure baby is never left alone on any elevated surface. Secure stairs and other unsafe areas with a baby gate.

  • Prevent burns by adjusting the temperature of your hot water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. Never hold a hot beverage while carrying baby.

  • Prevent choking by carefully cutting up food into small pieces. Avoid giving baby foods that pose a choking hazard, such as hot dogs, grapes, carrots, popcorn, peanuts or apples. Make sure baby cannot reach small items that may cause choking.

  • Do not put blankets, pillows or bumpers in baby's crib.

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