For children, the holiday season is the happiest time of the year. The food, family, activities, and presents are enough to make any child brim with excitement. However, there are also a lot of ways in which a child can harm themselves during the holidays. That’s why the experts at Sunrise Children’s Hospital urge Southern Nevada parents to take a few important precautions over the next couple months.
Make Sure They Have Warm Clothes
Though Southern Nevada tends to stay relatively warm and sunny during the winter, it can cool off considerably at night. Whenever you send your child outside to play, make sure they’re dressed in several warm layers—that way, they can shed articles of clothing if they get too warm. On particularly cold days, make sure your child is outfitted with a warm hat, gloves, and waterproof shoes.
Keep Decorations Out of Reach
Like many people, you might decide to put up lights, light candles, and put a tree in your home during the holiday season. Before you put up decorations, consider how they might pose a threat to your child’s safety . For safety’s sake, place glass ornaments, lights, and other potentially dangerous decorations beyond your child’s reach. In fact, you might consider keeping these items in storage until your child gets older.
Watch What They Eat and Drink
The holidays are filled with all kinds of festive foods and drinks. If your child is younger than four years old, don’t give them any food that they aren’t used to and could potentially choke on—peanuts and popcorn, for example. It’s also a good idea to watch your child and make sure they don’t try to eat poisonous poinsettias or drink any of the alcohol you might have lying around.
The experts at Sunrise Children’s Hospital are dedicated to keeping children safe during the holiday season and throughout the rest of the year. We also offer wellness services for expectant mothers with high-risk pregnancies, and our level III neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is the largest, most comprehensive in the state. Call us at (702) 731-5437 to learn more.