Keeping Your Child Safe Over The Holidays

During the holidays, you should be extra vigilant to keep your children safe. There are many extra factors that put your children more at risk for injury during the holiday season, including gatherings at the homes of friends and family that may not be childproof, home decorations such as Christmas trees and lights,and menorahs and traveling.

– Be careful with high risk foods and holiday treats that can pose a choking hazard to children under age four. This includes nuts, hard candy, grapes, raw carrots, popcorn, and apples.

-When visiting the home of someone else, make sure their house is childproof, and be extra vigilant

-If at a party or hosting a party, make sure that their is an adult assigned to watch your child. The more adults around, the more prone a child is to injury, because every adult assumes that someone else is keeping a watchful eye on the child.

– If decorating your house for the holidays with a Christmas tree or lights, be mindful of your child’s age. Younger children are likely to play with ornaments and lights on trees. Only place unbreakable ornaments on the lower branches and make sure the tree is stable. Keep the tree’s stand full of water to prevent it from drying out so that it doesn’t become a fire hazard and keep lights and extension cords out of reach.

-Make sure a menorah is completely out of the reach of children.

-Don’t overload electrical outlets.

-Do not leave lights or candles on when you are not at home and keep them out of younger children’s reach.

-Buy and accept as gifts, only toys that are appropriate for your child’s age. If older siblings receive as gifts toys with small parts, keep them away from younger children in the house.

-If your child has food allergies, be sure to keep this in mind when visiting others and having holiday meals. Be certain that the host knows of your child’s allergies and does not offer foods to your child that he is allergic to. They should also be careful to not reuse dishes or serving utensils that come in contact with the allergic foods. Many children are exposed to new foods over the holidays, and it is not known whether or not they are allergic, keep a a close eyes for signs of an allergic reaction.

-Many holiday plants such as holly, can cause illness if ingested. Keep plants out of the reach of children.

-Make sure your child’s car seat is installed properly. If you are not sure if your seat is in correctly, please feel free to call us for guidance.