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Katrina Phillips
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Baby proofing and Child Safety Expert. Chief Executive of the Child Accident Prevention Trust.
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Safety

Leaving babies alone

It is tempting when you are busy to leave your baby alone just for a moment with their bigger toddler sibling, or a pet dog or even in the bath while you reach for a towel. There are many dangers involved with doing this.
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Dangers involved with leaving your baby alone with a sibling, a pet, in the bath, or on a changing table, include:

Being fallen on by siblings or bitten by pets.

Being given something they then put in their mouths.

Slipping under water very quietly in the bath.

Rolling off the changing table.

Leaving Babies Alone

It is tempting when you are busy to leave your baby alone just for a moment with their bigger toddler sibling, or a pet dog or even in the bath while you reach for a towel.

Katrina Phillips, the chief executive of The Child Accident Prevention Trust outlines some of the unseen dangers of leaving your baby alone in a variety of situations.

These range from babies being given inappropriate objects that they might put in their mouth and choke on, to inadvertently provoking a pet dog.

Babies often have no idea that they are in danger and even as they slip under the bath water would not know to shout out or cry.

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Summary of dangers to watch out for:
  • Being fallen on by siblings or bitten by pets.
  • Being given something they then put in their mouths.
  • Slipping under water very quietly in the bath.
  • Rolling off the changing table.
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