Admit it, but do you often completely read the instructions for wheelchairs, walkers, car seats and other children’s devices? Probably not always. And someone generally neglects this.
With the advent of my daughter the level of my responsibility has grown incredibly. After all, the life and health of a child completely depends on me. And now I force myself to read all these boring recommendations, focusing more on the security section.
This section contains minimum requirements for proper use of the stroller and bicycle. They will help you to avoid unpleasant situations in life.
Breaking the Rules – History 1
This story happened just recently with my sister and her little son, who is about to turn 5 months old. They gathered for a walk, began to leave the apartment and the sister, as usual, rolled the stroller with the child up the stairs. And they live on the first floor.
And here the most terrible thing happened! The cradle of the stroller flew out of the mount, jumped off the base, fell on the stairs in an inverted state with the baby! The child screamed in a wild voice – after all, he fell on the steps, and he was also covered with a heavy cradle. Sister in a state of shock screamed for the whole entrance. She didn’t even have the strength to lift the stroller by herself.
Neighbors jumped out, helped her raise the baby and the cradle, called an ambulance. Then a children’s hospital, x-ray, observation. Fortunately, the baby was saved by warm winter clothes, and he got off with a fright and a slight blow. And if it was in the summer … I don’t even want to think about the possible consequences.
Now back to the instructions for the wheelchair. In the Security section it is written in black and white that it is absolutely impossible to lower it downstairs with a child. It is to exclude such situations.
I had a special point on this subject, and I constantly quarreled with our dad, who did not want to lower the base of the carriage separately, and then go after the child. Fortunately, I was able to convince him that he was wrong. And the situation with my sister finally proved that you can not ignore the rules and think – maybe this time a ride. And if not?
Breaking the Rules – History 2
This story has already happened, unfortunately, with my daughter. In a year she was given a bicycle. I was distracted by household chores for a while, and my aunt and uncle, who made us happy with this gift, had already set the baby in the vehicle. Well, let’s show everyone what a super-duper purchase they bought.
The bike had a special roof from the sun and rain. And they decided to fold it when the baby was still on the bike. They pressed the button – and this cover on the metal frame abruptly folded. And she covered my baby in full. My daughter was wildly frightened, I came running at all shocked by what was done with my child.
We were lucky too. A blow to the face came from the tissue part, not the metal frame. Otherwise it would be a tragedy. We, too, got off only with fright. And in the same instructions it is clearly written – do not carry out manipulations with the roof when a child is on a bicycle. Of course, this gift is no longer lovely to us.
I urge all mummies to read, and once again read, at least a section on the safe use of wheelchairs, car seats, walkers and other devices for your children. After all, this section is not just a whim of manufacturers. This is an opportunity to protect your baby.
Failure to follow basic safety rules can sometimes lead to tragedy. Therefore, spend 5 minutes of your time on this boring, but very useful reading. And most importantly, follow these rules in the future and do not expect that you will be lucky this time. And if not?
Do you follow safety rules?