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Child-Proof Your Holiday Season


The holidays are a special, magical time for young children, but it's important to be aware of the dangers that can lurk amongst all the decorations, presents, and festivities. Help keep this season magical for them with the following safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics:

Decorations

  • In homes with small children, take special care to avoid decorations that are sharp or breakable, keep trimmings with small removable parts out of the reach of children to avoid the child swallowing or inhaling small pieces, and avoid trimmings that resemble candy or food that may tempt a young child to eat them.

  • Remove all wrapping papers, bags, paper, ribbons and bows from tree and fireplace areas after gifts are opened. These items can pose suffocation and choking hazards to a small child or can cause a fire if near flame.

Toy Safety

  • 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 has received as a gift, read the instructions carefully.

  • To prevent both burns and electrical shocks, don't give young children (under age ten) a toy that must be plugged into an electrical outlet. Instead, buy toys that are battery-operated.

  • Children under age three can choke on small parts contained in toys or games. Government regulations specify that toys for children under age three cannot have parts less than 1-1/4 inches in diameter and 2 1/4 inches long.

  • Children under age 8 can choke or suffocate on uninflated or broken balloons. Remove strings and ribbons from toys before giving them to young children

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  • vWatch for pull toys with strings that are more than 12 inches in length. They could be a strangulation hazard for babies.

Food Safety

  • Be sure to keep hot liquids and foods away from the edges of counters and tables, where they can be easily knocked over by a young child's exploring hands.

  • Wash your hands frequently, and make sure your children do the same

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