All parents want to give their babies the best possible start in life. No matter which turns your child’s life eventually takes, he or she will benefit from the health and safety decisions made during infancy. At Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center , our obstetricians, nurses and lactation nurses understand the unique blend of joy and confusion associated with becoming a parent. We’re here for you. Never hesitate to ask a question or share a concern with our compassionate hospital staff.
Protect your baby from sun damage
It’s exciting to see a baby take pleasure in experiencing nature, but be mindful of the lifetime risk of skin cancer. A person’s skin is especially sensitive during the first six months of life. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends keeping babies out of the sun during this time, rather than relying on sunscreen.
Keep the sun shield on the stroller down while walking with your baby, and try to stick to the shady side of the street. Dress your baby in lightweight, comfortable clothing that covers the legs and arms. Add a hat and special sunglasses made for infants that filter out UV rays.
Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors
Functional smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are essential for every home. Smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning can be deadly for anyone, but young children are especially susceptible to the harmful effects.
Distribute the detectors in multiple areas on every floor of your home, including all sleeping areas. Test them once per month, and change the batteries every six months—even if they’re still working.
Practice safe medication management
Always talk to your child’s pediatrician or an ER doctor before giving your infant medications. Many of them aren’t safe for babies or toddlers—some medicines like aspirin aren’t even recommended for teenagers.
If the doctor does recommend a medication, follow the written dosage and administration instructions precisely. Monitor your baby for signs of worrisome side effects, and call the doctor if you have any questions or concerns. Remember to securely lock up all medications as soon as you’re done using them.
Since 1968, families in Thousand Oaks have been placing their trust in the maternity specialists at Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center. Our Birthing Center brings you the best in comfort, convenience and privacy, with a focus on state-of-the-art NICU equipment and highly trained healthcare providers. Call a registered nurse at (877) 888-5746 or visit our website to find out about upcoming maternity classes .