Keeping my child safe

In the car

Making sure that your child is safely buckled in a proper car seat or booster is one of the most important things you can do as a parent. We know that it's tough to keep track of the different types of car seats, and whether or not it should face the front or rear, and which seat it should be in. With the help of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)

Car Seating Types

  • Rear-Facing Car Seat
    • The rear-facing car seat is the safest option for your young child. It has a harness and cradles your child in the event of a crash to prevent injury
  • Forward-Facing Car Seat
    • The forward-facing seat has a harness that prevents excessive forward movement in the event of a crash.
  • Booster Seat
    • The booster seat helps to raise your child's height to be in alignment with the proper placement for their seatbelt.
  • Seat Belt
    • The proper placement of the seatbelt is across the upper thighs at the bottom, and along the chest and shoulder at the top.

How do I know which seat is right for my child?

The NHTSA has a helpful graph to show which seat is right for your child:

How do I know if my seat is installed properly?

Here are NHTSA guides to installing your child's car seat:

In the house

Poison Control

If your child has eaten, drank, or come in contact with any dangerous chemicals, you can call 800-222-1222 24 hours a day, seven days a week to talk to one of the nurses. For non-emergencies the Detroit Medical Center's poison control staff is available by email at:

Safe Sleeping for your Child

Of all accidental infant deaths reviewed in 2011, 88 percent (73 deaths) were due to sleep-related suffocation.
— The Michigan Department of Human Services Michigan Public Health Institute

To keep your baby safe and sound while sleeping, follow this checklist from the Michigan Department of Human Services:

Safe Sleep Steps and Checklist:

  1. Baby should sleep alone in a crib, portable crib or bassinet.

  2. Always put baby on back to sleep even when he/she can roll over.
  3. No pillows, blankets, comforters, stuffed animals or other soft things should be in the sleep area.
  4. Keep baby's face uncovered during sleep for easy breathing. Use a sleeper instead of a blanket.
  5. Don't allow anyone to smoke around the baby.
  6. Don't overheat the baby. Dress the baby in as much or as little clothing as you are wearing.
  7. Use a firm mattress with a tightly fitted sheet.
  8. Place baby in the same sleep position every time.

Click here for a downloadable poster of this checklist.

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Common Questions About Safe Sleep:

How do I deal with a child that won't stop crying?

A baby that is constantly crying can be incredibly frustrating. The most important thing to remember is to stay calm and breath. Check out this list of tips on handling a crying baby. 

How do I know if my baby's crib is safe?

A safe crib has:

  • A firm, tight-fitting mattress. 

  • No loose, missing or broken hardware or slats. 

  • No more than 2 3/8" between the slats (width of a soda can). 

  • No corner posts over 1/16" high. 

  • No cutout designs in the headboard or footboard. 

If you are unsure of the safety of your crib, call the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission at 1-800-638-2772 or go their Crib Information Center Website

General Safety Tips By Age

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