22 May, 2013

How to Deal With Unintentional Parent Abuse

Quality Time, Mother and ChildI read this interesting article on NY Times about UPA (Unintentional Parent Abuse).
According to emergency room physicians, pediatricians and other experts, U.P.A. is no laughing matter. With unpredictable infants and toddlers, meals, bath time or even cuddles can go terribly wrong. Though statistics for injuries caused by young children are difficult to find, parents routinely suffer concussions, chipped teeth, corneal abrasions, nasal fractures, cut lips and torn earlobes, among other injuries.  ~nytimes.com
How do we avoid kid’s unintentional abuse to us, their parents? Here are some tips from the experts:
  1. Trim their fingernails – You don’t want that pretty face scarred for a few weeks, or worse for life.
  2. Don’t wear things that’s attention grabbing – Babies tend to be curious with anything and everything especially with glasses and earrings. So if you don’t want to get poked or lose an ear, you should stop wearing “interesting” things while taking care of your baby. 
  3. Safe toys only – It’s better to give them educational toys instead of play guns, bow and arrows. Unless you want
  4. Sleep well - “A well-rested parent will be more alert and more physically able to dodge the kick,” according to Debra S. Holtzman, author of The Safe Baby: A Do-It-Yourself Guide to Home Safety and Healthy Living.


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