Charlie-Proofing

4.7.08: Keeping our kids out of harm's way

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This week, I have about a hundred new grey hairs. We just had our first-ever poisoning scare when Charlie got his hands on a bottle of Visine that I thought was out of his reach. He'd managed to unscrew the top and was tipping the bottle up to his lips when I caught him in the act.

Thankfully, we'd posted the number for Poison Control on our fridge (It's 1-800-222-1222), and a minute later, an operator was reassuring me that the Visine wouldn't harm Charlie. Still, it didn't stop me from spending the next several hours freaking out: scouring the Internet, tying my stomach up in knots reading reports about Visine-induced fatalities, then calling our pediatrician and our pediatrician friend to dispute what I was reading.

If nothing else, this has been a good reminder for me to be a little more vigilant when it comes to our children's safety, especially with a super-curious toddler in our midst. Today, I'm reviewing the wealth of safety information we have at Fit Pregnancy to remind myself about the potential for danger in our own house. If you're getting ready to bring home a baby, it's a good idea to start preparing your own home now:

Start by testing your knowledge of common household hazards. Then, scroll over these household areas to see what's most important to childproof. Finally, check out these simple strategies for keeping your baby safe at home.

No matter how vigilant you are, accidents are bound to happen. If your child is one of the half-million children under age 1 who end up in the emergency room each year, here's what you can expect.

Dana Rousmaniere is Fit Pregnancy.com's Managing Editor. She's vowing to keep Charlie away from the dye she's using to hide the grey hair he's giving her.

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