Safe Holidays for Littles

Homeschool schedules are hard to maintain as the holiday season rolls in. And these busy holidays can be wrought with quiet dangers lurking where you least expect.  Keep little ones safe during the busy holidays by keeping in mind some of most common holiday dangers:

Safe Holidays for Littles

Poisoning

A lot of holiday themed things can cause poisoning.

Plants such as mistletoe, holly, poinsettias and Jerusalem cherry plants are poisonous and should be kept out of the reach of kids. Symptoms to look out for include rashes, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Bubble lights used as hanging holiday lights contain methylene chloride which can be poisonous if a child drinks the fluid from more than one light.

If hosting a holiday party and alcohol is served, alcohol poisoning becomes a real concern.  Make sure to remove all empty and partially empty drinks as soon as possible to prevent kids from drinking them.

If you suspect poisoning immediately call your doctor or the National Poison Center: (800) 222-1222.

Choking Hazards

Choking hazards abound during the holidays.  These include tree ornaments, light bulbs, icicles, tinsel, peanuts, popcorn, pine needles and small toys. If it is small enough to fit in a baby’s mouth, then it’s too small to play with.

Accidents

As we busily prepare for visitors, we multitask and sometimes little ones can get in the way. The possibility of accidents such as burns and scaldings, cuts and driving  and sledding accidents can increase dramatically. The trick is to stay present and make sure at all moments the children’s safety is priority number one.

Here are some more safety tips (http://www.cdc.gov/family/holiday/) to keep in mind.

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Article by Nuria Almeida

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