Five Tips to Keep Kids Out of the ER this Holiday Season

Posted on 12/03/13 by Allied Anesthesia

shutterstock_98881439The holidays are best spent with friends and family in the comfort of home. Waiting in the emergency room during this special time of year is especially hard, but many holiday injuries are preventable with a little extra supervision and caution.

We’ve put together some tips to help keep kids happy, healthy and comfortable throughout the holiday season.

1. Stay Alert while Shopping

Through all the hustle and bustle, it’s likely kids will need to tag along for holiday shopping. This can be a great time to bond, but it can also be dangerous. Every year,  over 25,000 children are treated for injuries related to shopping carts and escalators. Keep little ones buckled into the shopping cart seat, and make certain all shoelaces and loose garments are tied and secure when riding on escalators.

2. Decorate with Discretion

A festive home is a wonderful way to spread holiday cheer. Make sure that small light- bulbs, ornaments and fragile decorations are out of reach. Spun-glass, angel hair and bubble lights are beautiful to look at, but can be harmful if swallowed. It’s also a good idea to keep an eye on small decorations and ornaments that look like candy.

3. Use Caution with Christmas Trees and Other Plants

Christmas trees, mistletoe, holly berries and other plant garlands are a holiday staple. However, they can be fatal if swallowed, so make sure that tasty-looking berries and other poisonous plants are out of reach both to kids and pets. Also, as children marvel at the beautifully decorated Christmas tree, adults should give a little extra supervision to help avoid eye injuries from sharp needles.

4. Make the Holiday Fireproof

There are more than half a million residential fires every winter. In addition to testing your fire alarm batteries frequently, be sure to keep Christmas trees in water, away from fireplaces and radiators. Never leave candles or fireplace fires unattended. And, finally, check tree lights for frayed wires and broken bulbs.

5. Pick out the Right Gift for the Right Age

Riding toys, like scooters, skateboards and skates, can be dangerous for unskilled children. If you do purchase one, be sure to give complementary protective gear. For younger children, check the suggested age range for small toys. Anything smaller than a child’s fist can be a choking hazard, especially for little ones under the age of three.

With these simple tips, holiday injuries can be prevented, and you can focus on family and fun. Like you, we want your kids to be waiting for Santa, not waiting for their doctor.

Happy Holidays from our Family to Yours!


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