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:
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.