By Comfort Obeng
The tragic death of Elijah Marsh, the three-year-old that walked out of his grandmother’s apartment wearing nothing but his boots and a diaper left many parents worried.
Marsh disappeared without being spotted or heard and managed to open the doors by himself and get outside.
Child care givers want to know what they can do to prevent another tragedy from happening.
Early childhood education and advanced studies Instructor Trudy Rut told Humber News, “I work with kids who like to escape so that might be a goal of theirs. So three year olds, their biggest goal is to get out where ever they are.”
Rut said she teaches parents how to child-proof their homes.
“It’s as simple as putting a bell on the door or an extra lock that’s really high up. A chain lock, something that would make it more challenging for the child to get out,” she said.
Children are quick learners, always on the go and ready to apply their knowledge, and it can be hard to keep them restrained.
“It’s been my experience if a child wants to get out they’re going to get out,” said Rut.
When children gain independence, like putting on their own clothing, it’s hard to know how much they understand from it.
Early childhood advanced studies student Josie Ampuero said, “It all depends on their development and if they’re ready to understand.”
It’s hard to teach judgement to kids at such a young age.
“In my field we do this thing called backwards training where we would put on half way and let them do the rest. So that they feel like, ‘okay I can do it now’,” said Ampuero
To know more about how to child proof you home, visit the Toronto Medical Emergence Services website.