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Health Tip: Set up a Safe Changing Table

Avoid injury while changing baby's diaper

(HealthDay News) -- While it may be easier to change a baby's diaper while up high on a changing table, there are risks with having baby at that height.

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests:

  • Choose a changing table that is sturdy and has a guard rail at least 2 inches high all the way around.
  • Look for a table that is concave in the middle to help prevent rolling off.
  • While it's a good idea to buckle the safety strap, make sure you never leave your baby, even for a second.
  • Stash diaper changing supplies nearby, but out of your child's reach. Never let your child play with a container of powder, which may be dangerous if inhaled.
  • Keep disposable diapers out of a child's reach, and make sure baby wears clothes over the diaper. Torn pieces of the plastic pose a choking hazard.

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