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Storing Plastic Bags Where Baby Can Reach

Risk: Plastic bags are the second-leading cause of suffocation among babies, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The danger is greatest between 3 and 6 months, when an infant is capable of putting a bag over his face but lacks the coordination to remove it. When held in place by static electricity and inhalation, a plastic bag can be fatal in less than 60 seconds.

Remedy: Store all plastic bags out of your baby's reach or in a locked cabinet. Don't use liners in trash cans your baby can access easily, such as those in a bedroom or bathroom. And remove and discard dry-cleaning bags from your clothes before hanging them in the closet.

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