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Mom (Grandma), we love you. We do. We love that our kids love you and we want you to spend time with you and grow up with memories of your house... The smells, the colors, the food ... But believe it or not, there are things in your house that are actually dangerous and downright unsafe for children. And just because "we survived" does not make it okay. We want our kids to grow up with fond memories of spending time with you, but there are a few precautions you can take to make sure these experiences are safe and worry free (for us, of course). We asked Dr. Cara Natterson to weigh in:

Grandmother playing with grandson

1) Get CPR/First Aid Trained: Accidents, like choking, can be very scary. Just a few hours of training will give you the confidence and tools to prevent a frightening scenario from happening.
2) Baby-proof your house: That means fencing in your pool, covering electrical outlets, toilet locks. Make sure your medicine cabinets are locket and secured! Be vigilant about putting away your medical prescriptions, please!
3) Install Car Seats: If you plan on driving young grandchildren, you need to make sure that you have a car seat PROPERLY installed. There are actually regulations on how car seats must face and sit, etc. Make sure you go to a professional with experience with installation. This is an important one!
4) Keep your cell phone on and charged: It's always important to have a back-up way for making and receiving phone calls in case of emergencies.

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3 comments so far | Post a comment now
M.L. November 27, 2008, 10:11 PM

Another one is make sure all medications are put out of reach. We were at my grandma’s today and my 1-year-old niece got into some that was left on a side table in the living room, and had to go to the E.R. and have her stomach pumped.

ashley December 1, 2008, 7:26 AM

Also, keep your expensive sugar bowl off the kitchen table. When my son was 1 1/2 he pulled down the sugar bowl that went with his great grandma’s set and it shattered. We found one on the internet to replace it and it was over $100. So she said don’t worry about it. The other day my 1 1/2 year old daughter tried to pull down the creamer dish. Wouldn’t that have been nice. I remember going to my great uncles when Lucas was 2 and his wife couldn’t find her cumiden, I think it’s a blood thinner. We looked and looked, I finally just decided to stick to him like glue the whole week and not let him out of my sight in case he was the one that found it. He didn’t thank good ness.

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I have been to the doctor many times. I found this website explaining my issue of esophageal cancer symptoms.

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