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• Anchor furniture to the wall or the floor to avoid tipping or falling on child. • Place TVs on sturdy, low bases to prevent injury. • Keep TV and/or cable cords out of reach of children.

• Supervise children in rooms where any of these safety tips have not been followed.

• Space heaters, radiators, fireplaces and other appliances that produce heat should be off limits to babies and toddlers.

• Don't allow smoking around your baby. Hot ashes from cigarettes can burn baby’s skin and smoke can be harmful to his lungs.

• Avoid significant direct sun exposure during the first few months of life. • During the past twenty years, evidence about the dangers of shaking babies has mounted. NEVER SHAKE YOUR BABY!

Baby’s Warning Signs

Even experienced parents may feel worried as they adjust to a new baby’s habits, needs and personality. It is important to remember that most of the common physical problems that occur during a given 24 hours with baby may be normal situations or problems with simple answers.

If The Following Symptoms Of Illness Occur, A Call To Your Baby’s Healthcare Professional Is In Order:

• Blue lip color is a 911 call! • Blue or pale-colored skin. • Yellow skin or eyes.

• Patches of white in baby’s mouth. • Eating poorly or refusing to eat.

• No stool for 48 hours and less than 6 wet diapers a day. • Redness, drainage or foul odor from the umbilical cord. • Does not urinate within 6 to 8 hours of circumcision. • Fever of 100˚F or more. • Difficulty breathing.

• Repeated vomiting or several refused feedings in a row. • Listlessness.

• Crying excessively with no known cause.

• An unusual or severe rash (other than prickly heat).

• Frequent or successive bowel movements with excess fluid, mucous or unusually foul odor.

Immunizations

Immunizations, sometimes referred to as shots or vaccinations, are a way of protecting your child against a variety of diseases that can be prevented. These vaccinations can begin at birth. Your child will need several other vaccinations before he is 12 to 18 months old. They will continue at different times for the rest of his life. Follow your healthcare provider’s schedule for when your child’s immunizations are needed. You will be given a record of every shot your child receives. This record will prove to be important as he enters school, even college, so keep your records in a safe place.

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REMEMBER...no matter how tired, angry or frustrated you may feel, NEVER SHAKE OR TOSS YOUR BABY INTO THE AIR. Any of these can cause brain damage, blindness or even worse, death. Always protect your baby’s head from any jerking movements.

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