7 of the Most Common Holiday Dangers for Kids...
Dec 9, 2013
most people, the holiday season is full of excitement, socializing and
celebration. While it can bring fun and special memories, it can also
present dangers that parents may not be thinking about.
“During the holidays, we often see
an increase in injuries to children, especially those under 5 years
old,” says Craig Gronczewski, MD, Chairman of the Department of
Emergency Medicine at University Medical Center of Princeton at
Plainsboro (UMCPP). “Although many of the injuries are not
life-threatening, some can be very serious, and parents should pay
particular attention to situations that could result in a visit to the
Some of the most common holiday dangers to children include:
- Ingesting small pieces from ornaments, new toys and batteries
- Cuts from broken ornaments
- Injuries from becoming tangled in or pulling on hanging roping, lights, etc.
- Risk of shock or electrocution from exposed, overloaded outlets
- Ingesting toxic plants like holly berries and mistletoe
- Ingesting alcoholic drinks left unattended by adults
- Injuries from house fires from dry Christmas trees or overloaded outlets
“Parents should be particularly vigilant
about supervising their child during a time when they are particularly
curious and excited about what’s going on around them,” says Dr.
Gronczewski. “Keeping everyone safe and healthy is the best way to enjoy
the holiday season.”
Even with proper precautions and supervision, accidents do happen.
If your child requires emergency care, you can turn to UMCPP's expert,
board certified emergency physicians, as well as pediatricians from The
Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), who are on-site 24/7 to
provide consultation whenever it is needed or requested. Should your
child need to be admitted after evaluation, he or she will be brought
directly to the pediatric floor for care, where a CHOP pediatric
hospitalist will work in concert with your child’s pediatrician.
For more information about the Center for Emergency Care at the
University Medical Center at Princeton at Plainsboro, visit
www.princetonhcs.org. If you are experiencing an emergency, call 9-1-1.
For more information about CHOP Newborn & Pediatric Care at UMCPP,