While the holiday season is a time for celebration, it is also a time when visits to the emergency room increase due to seasonal illnesses and injuries. At Sunrise Children’s Hospital, we are here to offer prompt emergency care to the young members of your family for conditions like those discussed below.
If you have your children help out in the kitchen, be sure that they stay away from heat sources and hot foods that could cause burns. Fires caused by holiday decorations are another leading cause of burn injuries to watch out for in your home. To prevent fires in your home, make sure it is free of clutter and that your holiday lights are plugged into surge protectors.
Winter happens to be cold and flu season , so you should work to prevent these illnesses from hitting your home. When kids come down with the flu, it can be much more serious than the illness is in adulthood, so you might have to head to the emergency room if your child does get sick this season. Flu shots for the whole family and good habits like hand washing will help you reduce your child’s chances of becoming ill.
Big holiday meals in which food is being served buffet style over a period of several hours can be the cause of foodborne illnesses related to improper food handling. Food that is left out at room temperature for long periods of time may harbor bacteria that can make your family sick. Be sure to reduce the chances for food poisoning with smart thawing, preparation, and cooking of your holiday meals. If food poisoning does occur, your child may need to visit the emergency room to be treated for dehydration, which often accompanies foodborne illnesses.
To explore the complete range of services at Sunrise Children’s Hospital, including our state-of-the-art Emergency Center, check out our website or call us at (702) 731-5437. If you are traveling for the holidays, keep our health guidance within close reach throughout the season with the iTriage Symptom Checker app for your smart phone.