Keep The Holiday Season Safe For You and Your Family

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christmas-toys Keep the holiday season safe for you and your family

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By: Desiree Thomas, RN, MSN, CCRN, trauma educator and co-chair of the Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach Childhood Safety Coalition

Everyone gets excited to start seeing the holiday lights go up around the neighborhood soon after the Thanksgiving break, signifying the start of the holiday season. But with all the shopping, dining and Christmas parties – everyone, and everywhere, is busy during the holiday season. Unfortunately, this includes the emergency department. Learn to protect your family from common holiday dangers, so you can enjoy a holiday season that’s healthy and happy.

  • Select toys to suit the age, abilities, skills and interest level of the intended child. Toys too advanced may pose safety hazards for younger children.
  • Before buying a toy or allowing your child to play with a toy that he/she has received as a gift, read the instructions carefully.
  • To prevent both burns and electrical shocks, don’t give young children (under 10) a toy that must be plugged into an electrical outlet. Instead, buy toys that are battery-operated.
  • Parents should store toys in a designated location, such as on a shelf or in a toy chest, and keep older kids’ toys away from young children.
  • Common holiday foods such as peanuts or popcorn are potential choking hazards and should not be given to children under 4.
  • The needles of holiday trees can cause painful cuts in the mouth and throat of a child who swallows them.
  • Tree ornaments, light bulbs, icicles, tinsel and small toys are potential choking hazards for small children because they may block the airway. The general rule of thumb is that if it’s small enough to fit in the mouths of babies and toddlers, it’s too small to play with.

Keep the holiday season safe for you and your family by following these safety tips and if you have any question contact your pediatrician or the national Poison Help Line 1-800-222-1222.

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