Smoke Free Environment
Cigarette smoke is not healthy for a baby. The lungs of babies and toddlers are sensitive and smoke is toxic to lung cells in development. Additionally, smoke’s toxic residues build up on surfaces (third-hand smoke) that can transfer to the children’s clothes, skin, eyes, etc.
Bath and Hot Water
Babies and young children can drown in the bathtub if left unattended. They can also get seriously burned. A baby or toddler who is exposed to 140°F water can be scalded in less than five seconds—so make sure your hot-water heater is set to less than 120°F, and always test the water temperature yourself before placing your child in the tub.
Immunization is important because it helps to protect your child from serious infectious diseases and stops those diseases spreading in the community.
This happens through herd immunity. Herd immunity is when enough people in the community are immunized against a disease and the spread of the bacteria or virus that causes the disease either slows down or stops completely. We need herd immunity to protect vulnerable children who might not be able to get immunized because they’re too young or they have a serious illness – for example, a weakened immune system.
Safe Infant Sleep Environment
- SIDS is defined as the sudden, unexplained death of an infant younger than 1 year of age that remains unexplained even after a thorough investigation. SIDS is the third-leading cause of infant mortality in the United States.
- SIDS is one type of death within a broader category of causes of death called sudden unexpected infant death (SUID). The SUID category includes other sleep-related causes of infant death—such as accidental suffocation—as well as infections, vehicle collisions, and other causes.
- Always place a baby on his or her back to sleep and keep a baby’s sleep area free of soft objects, toys, crib bumpers, and maintain loose bedding to reduce a baby’s risk.
- In Texas it’s illegal to drive or travel in a car without a properly adjusted and fastened seatbelt. It’s also illegal and unsafe to carry your child on your lap in a private car, even if you’re wearing a seatbelt. Also, you should never share a seatbelt with your child or another passenger.
- Children younger than 8 years old must be in a child safety seat or booster seat unless they are taller than 4 feet 9 inches.
- The safest place for children to ride in a vehicle is the back seat, and all children should be securely fastened in an appropriate safety seat in the back of the vehicle until they reach the age of 13.