9 months old

Poison Control

Babies at this age will explore the world through their mouths. If something is shiny, squishy, hard, round – simply there in front of them – it will go from hand to mouth before you have time to grab it. While this is completely natural and expected, it’s your job to make sure that nothing dangerous and even poisonous is in your baby’s path.

  • Have the American Association of Poison Control Center’s number stored in your phone at all times: (800) 222-1222
  • It’s common to put cleaners and other chemical-filled household products underneath the kitchen sink, but consider moving them to a high cabinet or shelf. Yes, you can always use a childproof lock, but experts warn that parents can easily forget or simply get lazy when it comes to locking it, considering the products are used so often.
  • If you can, opt for products with child-resistant locks.
  • However, know that nothing is completely childproof. Use the same level of caution with safety-sealed products.
  • Experts also warn against buying toxic products that are packaged in bright colors or other attention-grabbing designs.
  • There are plenty of natural cleaning solutions, usually consisting of water, vinegar and essential oil.
  • If you need something stronger than the typical all-natural cleaning solution, look for ingredients that are a little less dangerous:
    • Olive oil
    • Vinegar
    • Borax
    • Non-chlorine bleach
    • Beeswax
    • Lemon oil
    • Elmer’s glue
    • Compressed air drain openers
  • It’s very easy to start cleaning and then get distracted – whether your baby is crying, the doorbell rings, your cell phone starts buzzing, etc. Never leave a cleaning product out in easy reach, even for a few minutes. It’s too easy to get distracted and have it slip your mind.
  • If you have to dump toxic substances, don’t just throw them in the regular kitchen trashcan – even if you think they’re empty. Rinse out the containers (if the instructions say so), bag them up in their own garbage bag and tightly tie it closed.
  • On a similar note, flushing medication down the toilet or drain can contaminate your water supply. Check with your local waste management company for directions on how to dispose of them.
  • Never put dangerous substances in a different container – especially an old food container or unmarked bottle.
  • Besides cleansers, detergents and furniture polishes, treat the following household items with the same level of caution:
    • Medications – even baby’s iron vitamins
    • Baby oil (mineral oil, etc.), which can be fatal if it gets into your baby’s lungs
    • Your makeup bag
    • Your handbag (which can contain poisonous or dangerous items like pepper spray, First Aid ointments, cosmetics, small coins, etc.)
    • Mothballs, which are toxic
    • Perfume
    • Nail polish
    • Mouthwash
    • Alcoholic drinks
    • Certain household plants (Examples of poisonous houseplants include lily of the valley, hydrangea and English ivy – but double check that all of your plants are safe.)
    • Automotive products like antifreeze, windshield washer fluid etc.
    • Lighter fluid, lighters, matches and anything else that can ignite
    • Pesticides

If you think your baby has ingested something poisonous:

  • Call Poison Control at (800) 222-1222 immediately. Trained pharmacists, nurses and doctors are on call 24hours a day.
  • If your baby is unconscious, having a seizure or not breathing, call 911 immediately.
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics doesn’t recommend having syrup of ipecac on hand, which used to be a standard First Aid supply for poison control.

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19 thoughts on “Newborn Care: An introduction to your newborn baby’s health

  1. Maribel Riel says:

    Since its my first baby i want to learn more. Your site is a good help for a first time mom like me. Thanks

  2. pavani says:

    thanks for providing information

  3. nancy inyene bassey says:

    My baby has cough and cattarh.

  4. kamakshi says:

    my baby has cough and cold tele me home medicine

  5. Faith victor says:

    This site is very informative. I appreciate it. Thank

  6. Chitra kohli says:

    thanx

  7. damsel says:

    my baby is 10 month she’s vomiting & her stool is white & watery.is it symptom of teeting?

  8. Eme says:

    am so afraid i could be pregnant four months after birth,though i have not seen my period and my husband came into me today.cos i allowed it. Could i be pregnant?

  9. JJ says:

    Hi i dont knw much bt the stools being white cud b something to do with liver of baby bt only if its like chalk white bt hope its not that id take my lo to docters just to make sure cuz the colour of stool is a big concern and the vomiting ofcause bt hope baby gets better

  10. Mythily says:

    I was just gonna buy a pair of shoes for my 11 months old and lucky that i got to read this. Very helpful, thanks.

  11. bimal says:

    my baby is seven month old but can not sit up now what problem

  12. de dun says:

    My 6 month old is teething,she has cold and cattarh and hasn’t bn feeding well
    Am really worried

  13. madhumita rath says:

    my baby has cough &cold problem plz suggest me how to protect

  14. Tberry says:

    More enlightment on two month old baby.

  15. selamawit says:

    really good guide lines for all first time mom like me. thanks!

  16. My baby 4months and two weeks, he can roll over, pulling up, but he can’t sit without support. He can grab things and try to put in the mouth. He can only smile but not laughing, he blow bubbles a lot, yet he doesn’t recognize her name

  17. carol says:

    am a working lady and i breast feed my baby only at night but he has not yet seated yet he’s now 5 months ,what could be the problem?

  18. miriam says:

    My 4 months old baby is very active. feeds only on breast milk. Could d breast milk be the cause?

  19. jess says:

    Are you bottle or breast feeding?

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