‘Tis the season to be jolly, and the health and well being of children top my wish list. The injury prevention experts in CHOC’s Community Education Department tell me that the holiday season can be a dangerous time for kids. Routines are interrupted, new hazards are introduced into the home, and parents are often distracted by the hustle and bustle of this time of year. Here are a few helpful tips that I want to pass along to all moms, dads and caregivers to help keep the ‘jingle’ in the holiday season:
- When baking your yummy goodies, be sure to keep ingredients, like vanilla and almond extract, out of children’s reach. It’s also a good idea to keep those round hard foods and candies out of kids’ reach.
- Keep a close eye on kids in the kitchen.
- Make sure alcoholic beverages are out of reach of your little ones.
- Avoid putting fragile ornaments, especially those with small detachable parts or metal hooks, on the lower branches of the Christmas tree and don’t use ornaments that look like food or candy.
- Watch for holly and mistletoe berries that may have fallen into your child’s path; they are very poisonous. Poinsettias are not poisonous but can cause skin irritation and gastrointestinal distress if digested.
- Keep guests’ purses away from curious little ones.
- Supervise children around the fireplace and those festive candles.
Hope you and your loves ones enjoy a magical – and safe holiday!