Is Your Child Safe at Home? What parents do not know. . .

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What Parents do not know.

By Laetitia Lavie

The pool gate is shut, the doors locked and your child is inside safely playing in your line of sight. Or is she? A child can find anything, with in a matter of seconds, inside a childproof home that could cause serious injury or death to herself.

"The home is the most common place for accidental child injury," says Dr. Milan Pharo, a Dallas Pediatrician. Many parents/guardians do not realize there is more to watching your child around the pool, you have to watcher her 24 hours a day seven days a week, especially at home. A parent/guardian may believe that their home is childproof, but what they do not realize is that even the smallest object like a ponytail rubber band or a large object like a coffee table can be the end of a child's life.

Dr. Pharo has provided a list of the top five common in-home childproofing landmines that each have a brief explanation following the list.

*Ingestion of an object


*Slamming doors

*Drowning in a toilet


The number one cause of death or serious injury to a child, according to Dr. Pharo, is ingestion of an object ranging any where from buttons, toxic chemicals, adult vitamins and prescription drug. Many parents believe that they are keeping an eye on their child, but what they do not see is that tiny button or battery in their child's hand moving toward her mouth. How about when you are cooking in the kitchen and one moment you child is playing on the floor near you, as you turn away to check your pasta your child turns to what is under the kitchen sink. TOXINS. Without childproof locks...