Baby proofing tips for your home
Children are born curious and as such your little one will tend to wander around the house on all fours when not in the crib. To keep the explorer in your child healthy and infection-free, here are some basic checks and measures to follow:
Is my home baby proof?
When baby proofing your home, think about each room as your child sees it – from the floor up. Here is a quick checklist:
- Secure bookcases, shelves and drawer units to the wall if possible
- Switch off and cover any exposed electrical outlets
- Keep electrical cables out of reach and put unused appliances away
- Cover sharp edges of furniture with a soft material like foam
- Install smoke alarms in every room and check them regularly
- Keep a first aid kit stocked and easily accessible to adults
- Secure your windows and keep blind cords out of reach
- Keep chemicals and medicines out of reach or in locked cupboards
- Clean up any spills immediately and disinfect the area if required
- Program emergency numbers into your phone and leave them visible for others
Keeping floors safe
Keeping kitchen counters and your household clean is essential for good hygiene. However, since your young one’s playground is the floor, you must take extra care to ensure that it is spotless and germ free. Without proper hygiene, harmful germs and bacteria will be transmitted all over the house.
Regularly clean and disinfect the floors of your home to provide a healthy playground for your children. Use Dettol Disinfectant Multi-Use Hygiene Liquid, it provides expert protection against 100 illness-causing germs and can be used for general disinfecting and cleaning surfaces in your home.
Pet safety and hygiene
Having a pet is a wonderful experience for you family, more so for your child. With a few simple house rules you can minimize the risk of germs being transmitted from your pet to your child.
- Wash your hands after handling pets and their equipment (e.g. feeding bowls, litter box)
- Discourage your child from kissing your pet
- Don’t allow your pet to lick your child
- Keep pets away from the kitchen and don’t let them climb on top of the counters
- Clean and disinfect your pet’s feeding bowl and litter box regularly
- Ensure pet food is kept out of reach of children and stored in a lockable container