Since 1990, more than 600 kids have been suffocated by plastic bags, in car trunks, in refrigerators, or as they slept. Even scarier: One child a month strangles to death on a looped window cord. Tragedies like these usually occur because parents simply aren't aware that everyday household objects can pose a serious threat to their child's safety -- and don't know what to do when an accident happens. To protect your kids from strangulation and suffocation, take precautions and review the lifesaving steps below.
It takes only a few minutes away from a parent's watchful eye for an infant or toddler to get into trouble. If you ever find your child strangling or suffocating, immediately call 911 or your local emergency number and follow these lifesaving steps:
For a child under 1, place your mouth over her nose and lips and give two breaths, each lasting about 1 1/2 seconds.
For a child older than 1, pinch her nose and seal your lips over her mouth. Give two slow, full breaths (1 1/2 to 2 seconds each). Continue to give one breath every three seconds until your child is breathing on her own or help arrives and takes over.
Manufacturers sometimes must recall products that are defective or pose a risk to infants and children.