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Health Tip: Keep Baby Safe Around Stairs

Health Tip: Keep Baby Safe Around Stairs

08/30/10

(HealthDay News) -- As babies crawl and toddlers toddle around the house, the stairs become a dangerous hazard.

The Nemours Foundation suggests how to prevent accidents involving stairs:

  • Don't allow a baby or young child to be near the stairs unsupervised, even with a gate installed.
  • Get rid of loose toys, clothes and other clutter on the stairs.
  • Cover wide spaces on banisters and railings with a guard.
  • Install a safety gate at the top and bottom of stairs; opt for one that's mounted with hardware, rather than a pressure-mounted one.
  • Don't use an accordion-style gate; your child's head can get stuck in one.
  • Once he or she is old enough, show your little one how to safely get down the stairs backward.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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