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DUMMIES AND HYGIENE

 

BABY DUMMIES

 

A dummy comprises a rubber or soft plastic teat, a hard plastic shield with holes and either a ring or a handle to hold the device easily. Babies suck on dummies for comfort.Dummies are also called pacifiers or soothers.

 

Are dummies safe?

Yes, most baby dummies are safe.Children under three years old are particularly at risk of choking as they have not yet developed the reflex action to cough up objects that lodge in their throats.

Babies using unsafe dummies can choke:

  • if dummy shields are too small and don’t have ventilation holes.A dummy that is too small can get wholly inside a baby’s mouth and block the airway.

  • when the teat detached from the shields of old or poorly made dummies. It can get stuck in a child’s throat and cause suffocation.

 

Babies can also suffer:

  • strangulation if dummies attached to a cord or ribbon wrap around their neck or hook onto other objects

  • infections when the teat of an old or poorly made dummy allows saliva, food,and other substances with bacteria to enter inside it, or when the dummy is not cleaned properly.

 

SAFETY TIPS

✓ Choose a dummy with a shield and ventilation holes to prevent suffocation if a baby manages to place the whole dummy in his or her mouth.

✓ Check the dummy before each use by pulling gently on the teat and hold the shield and tugging on the handle or ring to make sure it will not give way under pressure.

✓ Sterilise or wash dummies according to manufacturer's recommendations.

✓ Replace dummies regularly according to the manufacturer's recommendations or sooner if worn or damaged.

✓ Check your child’s dummy before every use and throw it away if you see holes, tears,or bite marks.

 

⚠ NEVERuse ribbon or cord to attach dummies to children’s clothing,cots,or prams.These ties can get caught and wrap around a child’s neck and cause strangulation.

⚠ NEVER leave a dummy in direct sunlight or hotspots, such as in the car,as this can cause rubber to perish.

 

 

CLEANING & HYGIENE TIPS

 

CARE & COMFORT PRODUCTS -FEEDING UTENSILS, BOTTLES, CUPS STERILISING

 

UV or ultraviolet light is a fuss-free way for you to sterilise your baby’s feeding equipment. It kills viruses* and 99.9% of harmful bacteria –all without the use of chemicals, heat, or steam.

How does UV sterilisation work?

Short wavelength ultraviolet light (aka UV-C light) kills micro-organisms on the surface of an object by  penetrating the cellular wall and deactivating bacteria.

 

It may sound like something from a sci-fi script, but UV light is actually regularly used to clean hygiene-strict settings such as hospitals, industrial kitchens, and laboratories. It can be used to clean your baby’s bottles and soothers, too!

 

DISHWASHERS

  • Always check to see if products are suitable for dishwasher cleaning.

  • Most baby feeding products can only be used on the top shelf of a dishwasher otherwise the products could get damaged. Follow manufacturer’s recommendations.

 

VOLUME MEASURES

✓ Buy products with volume measures on the product. This is Important so you avoid incorrect measures of ingredients

 

MICROWAVE OVEN

⚠ Only use products that are microwave safe.

 

INSTRUCTIONS AND PACKAGING

✓Always read and follow the manufacturer’s recommendations on the care of products.

 

SMALL PART HAZARDS

  • Small parts can pose a choking hazard for babies and infants•Always check products before using to make sure that they are not damaged

Baby Safety Themes

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Home Safety

Week 3

Out and About

Week 4

Finding Your Tribe

Week 1

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