No matter how well you childproof your home or try to prevent accidents, one of the best things you can do is prepare yourself for an emergency. To help keep your kids safe, it's smart to:
- Learn cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and the abdominal thrust procedure (Heimlich maneuver)
- Assemble a first aid kit with emergency instructions
- Keep important numbers near your phone such as poison control, your pediatrician, your work and cell phone numbers, and a neighbor or nearby relative
And, as soon as your child is old enough to know her own name and address, teach him or her to dial 9-1-1 to call for help in case of an emergency.