Childcare Tips

How to Teach a Child to Walk and Safety Tips for Childcare

Did you know that the many gadgets available in the market, which promise you help during the time when a child is learning to walk can be harmful? The flatness of the chest, confined lungs, distorted spine, and deformed legs are some of the after-effects of these contraptions. Though many of these mishaps can be rectified, with proper and timely diagnosis, the best option for a mother to teach the child to walk is to simply let it teach itself. Let the child crawl, as it is good for his muscles. Gradually he would attempt to stand with the help of a chair. Be prepared to see him fall repeatedly though. In short, just let him take control of the situation on his own, while you keep a watchful eye to prevent any nasty fall.

When the child is slightly older, it allows him to play in the open air as this is not only good for his health but also for his mood and general growth and development. In case the child is weak in the constitution and unable to walk or play on his own, a ride on a pony or donkey could be considered. These rides exercise his mind and body and are not tiring. Horseback riding is particularly helpful when the child is prone to lung problems, acquired either due to hereditary reasons or otherwise. The open-air clears his lungs and also is good for his health.

When we are concerned about the safety of our children there are several do’s and don’ts which need to be remembered. Here are some highlights of how to keep your child safe:

List of Do’s

Keep the child well-groomed and clean, including his nails.    Use of wet nappy to be avoided and always washed with soap. Genital areas should be kept clean and dry to keep out fungal infection. Similarly, the scalp should be free of dandruff and other ailments.    Avoid tight-fitting clothes and ensure that his room has adequate light and ventilation. Take care to prevent dust or pests for entering his room. Make the baby sleep close to the mother, though in a separate water-proof bed.    Keep musical toys close to the child. When carrying, keep the baby’s head on your hand. Feeding the baby on the mother’s milk is safest. Not only does it build strong emotional bonding, but it is also the healthiest. The mother ought to take good care of her health when she is breast-feeding. In case breast-milk is not allowed, give the child cow milk in properly cleaned bottles.    Boil the cow milk before giving to the child. Avoid foods and items to which your child is allergic to. If your city has mosquitoes, always make the baby sleep inside a mosquito net. Allow the baby to sleep peacefully as growth hormones are produced when the baby is sleeping. His development in terms of growth, language, behavior both personal and social should be strictly monitored by the parents.    Measure his height and weight regularly. Give your child proper toilet training as he grows. By the time he is ten months old, he should be able to sit on a toilet seat. Keep his toilet seat clean and disinfected. This should not be used by others including other children. Pay immediate attention if the baby is crying incessantly or uncontrollably. Keep a first aid box close to where the baby stays. Keep all child medicine separately in a box, on which all instructions for use and dosage should be pasted.    Use a safety belt if you are taking the baby for a ride. Keep details of his identity in his pocket. Never allow the baby to walk away unaccompanied. If the baby chokes, make the baby to lie on the abdomen in head low position and press the abdomen backward and towards the chest. For accidental poisoning, make the child vomit as soon as possible. In case of burning, put cold water and do not try to remove the burnt clothes. Carry him to the hospital immediately. Clean an accidental wound with clean water and stop the bleeding by compressing.    In case the baby is drowning in a bathtub, take out the baby and put his head in a low position and press the abdomen slowly, to bring out the water. Take him to the hospital quickly. In case of any electric shock, if you do not watch him breathing, give mouth to mouth breath and gentle cardiac message. Take him to the hospital immediately.


Shaking the baby to be avoided.    Remove all small objects from his vicinity and never give him any sharp object like a pencil or knife.    Take care not to let water enter his ears while giving a bath. Avoid overfeeding. Keep items like mothballs, ink, gum, medicines away from him.    Avoid tight clothing. Do not put him on the edge of a bed or a railing, etc. The handing of the baby to a stranger is not recommended. Do not place the bed near any electrical sockets or loose wires.    Never allow children to remain in the kitchen alone. Keep the water level in the bathtub low, especially when the baby is having a bath. Avoid smoking when there is a baby in the house. Do not let pets to come very close to babies.    Never allow the child to walk unaccompanied, especially climbing stairs. Avoid strong lights in his room and never allow strangers to offer him food. Keep away from your kid when you or someone in the house is sick. Keep your child away from dusty and congested places.    Never give your child medicines meant for other children. Keep table lights away from the child at night. Never give your child medicines whose expiry dates are over.

With the help of all these tips, you will be able to help a toddler in taking his/her first steps. With the help of that, you will be able to able to work more efficiently. In order  To know more about our child care services you can click here. 

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