We all want the best for our kids and will do anything to keep them safe. But in many cases, parents all over the country are exposing their little ones to dangers they might not be aware of – particular in their bedrooms. Read on to find out more on some of the hidden hazards that could be causing harm to your children and might even result in a serious injury. Let’s take a closer look.
Sadly, one child dies every fortnight due to falling furniture, and almost half of these incidents occur in the child’s bedroom. It’s easy to see why – after all, kids love to explore and climb, and as soon as your child is mobile they will start to try and pull themselves up on anything that is available. And the saddest thing about all these terrible accidents is that most are easy to avoid. All you need is to ensure you are buying good-quality, solid furniture and also making sure that you fix them to the walls properly.
Obviously, your household electricity supply is incredibly dangerous to everyone, especially your kids. Given their love for exploration and putting their fingers into any gaps they find, it is vital that you get some covers for every electrical socket in the house, but especially in their bedroom. It’s also advisable to invest in something like an outlet cover, which stops your kids from pulling out plugs and leaving the outlet exposed.
Bedding and mattresses
Many mattresses and synthetic blankets and sheets have dangerous chemical toxins in them, that could be impacting on the health of your child. Make sure that you are looking for the best sheet set you can find, preferably made from cotton or another natural material. Synthetic materials can cause all kinds of issues, from skin rashes through to breathing difficulties – it’s really that serious.
We all love to treat our kids with a new bedroom upgrade every once in awhile. But bear in mind that there are some paints which are completely unsuitable for use, due to the fact they contain nasty chemicals, known as VOCs. These types of paint release fumes and toxins which can cause breathing problems, so always choose VOC-free alternatives.
Hinges and drawers
The hinges of your doors, drawers, and cupboards are capable of crushing your child’s fingers – and it can happen at a moment’s notice. You can keep your eyes on your kids for every second of the day, but once they are capable of escaping from their cot, you may not even know they are up and about, exploring and playing with anything they can find. So, invest in some safety stoppers for all the drawers they can reach. And ensure that your doors won’t slam shut on their fingers, and use protective strips on the door hinges.
OK, so there you have it – some of the hidden dangers in your child’s bedroom. Make sure you avoid these issues as much as possible by taking on some of the ideas listed above – and feel free to leave any other tips you might have!