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  • When Baby Starts to Crawl: the Dangers and Health Hazards

    While crawling is an important part of baby's development, you should be wary of the unseen enemy, too.
    by Lorela U. Sandoval .
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  • It's still soap and water
    Dr. Padilla says that the usual disinfectants we use at home can do the job, but the most effective way to clean or disinfect is through the use of soap and water. Should parents use detergents in some cases, she says it has to be washed thoroughly.
    She shares simple tips for parents and babysitters to observe:

    • Clean the playpen, playground, or floor daily, or as often as possible.
    • Wash the toys and things that the baby plays with daily, or as often as possible.
    • Wash the baby’s hands, knees, and feet thoroughly after playing.


    Safeguard your home
    Needless to say, keeping your home child-friendly and safe is necessary. Dr. Padilla recommends that rubber mats be used on floors where the baby crawls. Rubberized flooring, she says, is especially good for babies around six months to one year old to prevent bumps and concussions. Carpets accumulate dust and dirt, and may not be safe for the baby who’s just learning to crawl, stand alone, and walk by himself.

    Sharp or tiny objects which the baby might accidentally swallow must also be kept out of reach. Designating a specific room or part of the house where the baby can freely explore and play is also a good preventive measure, and also makes things easier to clean, she points out. Nonetheless, since babies normally crawl in almost all areas of the house, parents should be vigilant at all times. “These babies are very prone to accidents, so parents should keep a close watch at them. Don’t just leave them on their own,” she shares.

    Sources:

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    http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/intestinal-parasites-000097.htm

    Mary Grace M. Padilla, M.D., DPPS
    Mon-Sat, 10:30am-2pm at Natividad, Naguilian, La Union
    Mon-Sat, 9am-10am/3pm-5pm at Bethany Hospital, San Fernando City, La Union
    Mobile Number: 09189071186

    Photo from flickr creative commons

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