Definition Alternative Names Bathroom safety; Toilet aides Information People with physical and mental impairments may need to make some changes to their environment to improve their safe access to the toilet. Bathrooms should be adjusted for the person's mobility and self-care skills. Place handrails near the toilet to help the person transfer to the toilet. Remove any throw rugs from the bathroom and all hallways leading to the bathroom. Make sure that proper lighting is available in both the bathroom and hallways. Night lights may help the person reach the bathroom safely. Some people may get confused when they wake up in a dark room. Use night lights or motion sensor lights to help the person see their location. Special raised toilet seats may help people who have trouble using standard toilet seats (e.g. people who have had a hip fracture , or those with arthritis ). You can buy these items from a medical supply company, pharmacy, or hospital supply center. Some insurance companies may co...
I know plenty of babies with reflux who play, digest and sleep in their car seat at home. My reflux baby was fairly content if I held her 24/7. There were times when I did put her down in the car seat because I just had to have my hands free. For example, I did need my hands free for my daily two minute shower. Most of the time, she was in my arms or in a sling/carrier or backpack. My arm muscles became hard as rock and my back ached from the constant bending and lifting. It sure was hard work holding her and I longed to put her down.
An article in the August issue of Pediatrics caught my attention. The article reported on car seat injuries that occurred outside of the car . It is estimated that approximately 43,000 infants were treated in the emergency department for a non transportation related car seat injury between 2003-2007. Approximately half of the injuries occurred at home and infants younger than four months of age were most likely to be injured.
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