The incidence of accidental poisoning greatly increases by this age. Poisons and toxic substances should be secure. A bottle of Syrup of Ipecac should be kept in the home, but should only be used on the advice of a physician. In case of poisoning, refer to the poisoning section of this handbook. For a poison emergency in the U.S. call 1-800-222-1222.

If guns are kept in the home, safety precautions are crucial. Gun related injuries and deaths have become a major threat to our children. A loaded gun represents a huge hazard to a curious child or teen. The American Academy of Pediatrics urges parents to keep firearms unloaded, with ammunition and weapons locked away in separate locations.

Infants and children should not ride on machinery with parents. These include lawn tractors, lawn mowers, all-terrain vehicles and other like machinery.

Foods such as nuts, bacon, popcorn, chewing gum, hard candy, and hot dog like meats are dangerous because they can cause choking. They should never be given to young children.

Plastic bags and uninflated balloons can also cause choking and/or suffocation. Your young child should not be allowed to play with these.