WE all want our kids to roam free and enjoy playtime.
Most of the time when they’ve gone quiet, it means they’re up to no good.
GettyKids should enjoy their playtime, but experts have warned there are some things you should always keep in mind[/caption]
Whether they’ve drawn on the wall with their new crayons, or spilt blackcurrant juice on the floor – there are times when play can get messy.
But if your little one has been playing at home and you can’t find them, one first aider has revealed this is a situation that must be taken seriously.
Paediatric nurse and expert Sarah Hunstead said there is one thing you should check urgently.
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She explained: “You’re at home. You realise it’s quiet, and your child doesn’t respond when you call out to see where they are.
“As a parent, you will want to find your child as quickly as possible – and your instinct may tell you to check all of the most likely places that they will be (like under the beds).
“What you MUST do instead, is prioritise checking places where there is a danger to the child, and where time is crucial.
“This includes anywhere with water (pools, baths, washing machines, toilets, bird baths, buckets, etc.), anywhere they could be trapped and unsafe (the car, boot of the car), or where they could be headed for danger, like the road.
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“It is better to find them safe under a bed after checking these places, than the other way around,” she added.
Children can get up to all sorts if left unattended so it’s important you always lock away anything that could cause them harm.
Experts previously warned that most instances of child poisonings happen at home.
So it’s key to keep anything out of reach that might be harmful to your little one.
Poisoning happens when someone is exposed to a substance that can damage their health or endanger their life.
Children under the age of five are also most at risk of accidental poisoning.
First aider and CEO of parenting organisation Tiny Hearts Education, Nikki Jurcutz said there many common household products to watch out for.
These include items like, essential oils, glues, pesticides, bleach, petrol and cigarettes.
You should also make sure they don’t have access to adult medications, pet medications, nail polish remover, medication for kid and alcohol.
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The majority of the items above, such as cleaning fluid and nail varnish remover would be poisonous to anyone if ingested – as that is not the intended use of the products.
Other items also include chemicals and toxins that are harmful to human beings – especially children who are still developing.