The One About Childproofing for the Holidays

baby-christmasFor those of you that have seen Dr. Moore in the office for a well visit, you can attest to the fact that she loves spending time talking about childproofing.  For that reason, I asked her to blog on that topic specifically addressing how to tackle all the new temptations that come with preparing for the holiday at home.  I hope you enjoy Dr. Moore’s blog!  ~ Lee Keegan, MD

The holiday season can present special challenges in keeping our little ones safe as we adorn our homes and yards with decorations that are fun, but not always kid-friendly. The American Academy of Pediatrics has recently published their “2012 Holiday Safety Tips“, and we will share some of those ideas here to help keep your family safe during this exciting and wonderful season.

“Deck the halls with boughs of holly”

  • Avoid trimmings that resemble candy or food that may tempt young children to eat them.
  • Take special care to avoid decorations that are sharp, breakable, or have small parts.
  • Place candles in a non-flammable holder and in a location where they will not get knocked over.

“O Christmas Tree”

  • When setting up a tree at home, place it away from fireplaces and space heaters. Also make sure that it is out of the way of traffic and not blocking a doorway.
  • Make sure that any artificial tree is labeled as “Fire Resistant”.
  • When purchasing a live tree, make sure it is fresh to avoid a fire hazard (fresh = green with needles that do not pull out easily from the tree and do not break when bent).

 “The weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful”

  • Before lighting any fire, remove all greenery, boughs, papers and other decorations from the fireplace area.
  • Don’t burn gift wrap paper in the fireplace, a flash fire may result as wrappings ignite suddenly.

“Over the hills and through the woods, to Grandmother’s house we go”

  • Remember that the homes you visit may not always be childproofed.
  • Keep an eye out for dangerous areas or decorations, and closely supervise children at all times.
  • Keep a list of the important phone numbers you or a baby-sitter may need, including the police, fire department, your pediatrician, and the national Poison Help Line, 1-800-222-1222.
  • Visiting family members, traveling, etc. can be exciting, but can also throw off those hard-worked-for routines. Trying to stick to your child’s usual routines, especially sleep schedule, can reduce stress and help you and your child enjoy the holidays.

We at Cedar Park Pediatric and Family Medicine wish you and yours a Safe and Happy Holiday Season!  ~ Lindsey Moore, MD

Dr. Lindsey Moore is a full-time pediatrician at Cedar Park Pediatric and Family Medicine in Cedar Park, Texas.