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How to babyproof bottles, pacifiers and sippy cups

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You’ve got the gates up, all breakable things sent to storage, stowed your button batteries and given away the dog; your house looks safe, but doctors have a few pieces of advice about the things we (and our babies) love best: bottles, pacifiers and sippy cups.

Let’s just say that, according to a study from the Center for Biobehavioral Health and the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, injuries from these items put a child in the ER every four hours in the United States, primarily children who are just learning to walk. The major problem comes from falls while the toddlers have these items in their mouths, and the recommendations are sure to earn a mighty groan from parents everywhere:

Both the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) recommend that children be transitioned to regular, lidless cups at 12 months of age. The AAP also suggests that parents try to limit pacifier use after six months of age as use after that age may increase the risk of ear infections.

If you’ve stopped laughing with a tinge of exhaustion-induced derangement, there’s one other step you can take. For those of us without miraculous parental powers, just try to make sure kids are seated when they use any of these items and figure they’ll probably find a far more ingenious way to end up in the ER.

Full story at Newswise.

All about safety (if not sanity).

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