From the Archives

The Southern Democrat, November 30, 1977

Homemakers’ corner
by Mildred M. Gilbert
County Agent – Home Economics

Infants are a source of boundless joy to parents as they grow through successive stages of healthy physical, mental, and social development.

This year, 4,000 children less than 4 years old will be injured by accidents in their homes and one child in every 12 will be injured seriously enough to require medical attention. However, many of these accidents can be prevented. No one deliberately neglects to safeguard a child from danger. The trouble is that most mothers are occupied with innumerable household chores and do not understand that potential for a wide variety of accidents is present in all homes. Apartments and smaller private houses without play areas have multiplied potential dangers.

Children are naturally curious and energetic. Hunger or fatigue makes a child more apt to have an accident. Sudden changes in environment, tensions between parents, illness or death in the family, unusual activity in the family on weekends may reduce parents’ alertness and spark a chain of unfortunate events. Suffocation, falls, poisonings, drownings, and burns cause more deaths in infants than disease.

The baby should never be left alone outside the crib or playpen when he is awake. Even there, it is wise to check frequently to make sure the baby isn’t exposed to hazards. Covers, pillows, and articles of clothing left in the crib or playpen accidentally fall on their faces and smother 600 children annually. Use a firm mattress. Keep small objects out of reach. Infants put everything in their mouths as soon as they can pick up objects such as pins, buttons, nuts, and hard candy.

Be sure toys and furniture are free of lead paint.

Feed the baby in a sitting position. Do not leave him alone in the crib with a bottle.

Dress the baby in loose clothes for sleeping and do not put a pillow in the crib.

Ventilate the baby’s room frequently.

Consult a physician as soon as an infant develops a significant cold or respiratory symptom.

How to peel a hard-cooked egg

Tap the egg on all sides on the countertop, then roll it gently between your hands to crack the shell all over. Start to peel at the large end of the egg, carefully lifting off the shell. It sometimes helps to hold the egg in a bowl or pan of cool water or under the running cold water faucet as you peel it.

Grease fire

A small dry chemical extinguisher does the best job of extinguishing a grease fire. If you don’t have one, ease a cover on the pan or pour baking soda on the grease. If the fire is in the oven, close the oven door and turn off the heat.