Brigitte Ngo, M.D., family medicine physician, at Baylor Scott & White Clinic Round Rock West offers the following:
Are you traveling this holiday?
Your home is probably child-proof but dont assume that your relatives or friends will be. They might have grown kids, or no kids at all, and dont remember and recognize the dangers to little ones. Plan in advance and ask whether things like kitchen drawers or outlets will be child-proofed, and if toys with small parts belonging to older children will be accessible by your young child. A good idea might be to pack some of your own child-proofing tools and kid-safe toys. If youre staying home, make sure your home is safe for others as well.
Dont forget medications.
Dont wait until youre packed and pulling out of the driveway to be sure you have adequate prescriptions. Get refills and keep them in the original child-proof containers. Grandmas purse might occupy a little one, but can also be dangerous if it has medications in it that a small child might put in his or her mouth. Put medications away and make sure kids dont have access to purses or bags. In some cases, just one adult-strength medication tablet is a lethal dose for a child.
Keep food safety in check.
Its important to wash your hands regularly and encourage all family members and guests to do the same, especially before and after handling food, as well as after using the restroom. Its also important to cook food thoroughly. Make sure hot food is kept hot and cold food is kept cold. Follow the guidelines and dont allow prepared food to sit out too long. Cover and refrigerate or freeze leftovers properly. Also, make sure that if anyone has food allergies or sensitivities that meals are planned with that in mind.
Research emergency medical care.
If youre traveling, do your research and ask beforehand where the nearest emergency medical care is. If something happens, it helps to know where to get the best care.
Lock up chemicals and the pool.
Remember that children can climb up and open cabinets and drawers. Whether youre visiting or hosting, make sure little ones do not have access to dangerous chemicals. And while youre at it, lock up the swimming pool. Just because its the holiday season doesnt entice a child any less to check out the pool. Its a good idea to always know where the kids are at all times.
Theres a lot going on during the holidays. Planning ahead can help keep the stress out of the holidays, and keep your family or guests out of the doctors office.
*This information is intended for general knowledge and is not a substitute for professional medical advice or treatment.
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