Shaken Baby Syndrome

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Health & Safety

Health Checks

An immunisation booster will be required at 18 months.

(See Immunisation Schedule)


Safety around the home

It may be tempting to keep your toddler safely ensconced in one safe area of your house. However this will be very detrimental to her development. Rather remove all potentially harmful items, also put precious items out of reach so that you are not on full alert all the time that she may accidentally knock over the finest crystal.


Here are some hints:

  • Install child-safe gates that can help contain your child in a room or area where you can easily monitor her as you go about your business.
  • Place all sharp objects and choking hazards out of reach. These include coins, buttons, scissors, paper clips, beads, glass, razors, pins, screws, and nails.
  • Eliminate all access to small appliances, power tools, knives, paint, matches, alcohol, paraffin, and petrol. Avoid keeping a gun in the house; if you must have one, keep it unloaded and locked up.
  • Install locks for cabinets and drawers that your toddler can reach if they contain objects that are meant for adult handling only.
  • Unplug electrical appliances when they are not in use. Keep electric cords out of reach and cover electrical outlets with safety plugs.
  • When cooking, make sure that pan handles do not stick out over the stove top. You’re your toddler out of the area when you are opening oven doors and handling hot foods and beverages. If possible, remove stove dials when they are not in use to prevent your child from turning on the stove.
  • Keep all cleaning supplies out of your toddler’s reach or in a locked cabinet. Also keep out of reach all soaps, shampoos, cosmetics, and medicines.
  • Secure all drapery cords around wall brackets that are out of your toddler’s reach. Also remove any mobiles, hanging toys, and cradle gyms from his crib if you have not done so already.
  • Protect any open windows with barriers so that your toddler cannot climb out. Keep chairs and tables away from windows so that it is not easy for her to climb up to them.
  • Never let your toddler have access to a bucket or other container that has even a small amount of water in it. Toddlers can quickly drown in even a small amount of water.
  • Do not leave plastic bags around the house. Children can pull them over their heads and quickly suffocate.
  • Test how stable tall pieces of furniture are. If they seem unsteady if pulled upon, anchor them to the wall or put them behind other pieces of furniture.
  • Set up fences or other barriers in your home’s outside play area. If you have outdoor play equipment, make sure sand, wood chips, or other soft material is underneath to provide a soft landing for falls.
  • Always have a fully stocked first-aid kit on hand.
  • Keep emergency phone numbers for the doctor, police, fire, and poison control departments close to the phone. (Read more: Emergencies in the home)