The holiday season can present a number of extra health risks for anyone, but children are particularly vulnerable to the injuries and illnesses that boost ER visits during the season. As a parent, you may have to take some steps in managing your kids’ health through the holidays so that you do not spend the season in the hospital. Here are some of the most important health tips all parents should remember as the festive season kicks off.
Teach Proper Hand Washing Techniques
Unfortunately, most adults do not wash their hands properly, which means that you might need to brush up on your own hand washing skills to set a good example for your kids. In order to kill the germs that cause the cold and flu to spread, you need to scrub your hands with soap for a full 20 seconds. The time may pass faster if you sing a song or come up with a fun rhyme to teach your children. Proper hand washing is the best line of defense from the seasonal flu, especially when you encourage all friends and family members to get their annual flu shots.
Use Extra Caution in the Kitchen
When you get to your holiday baking, you may have some tiny hands eager to help in the kitchen, but you should keep these hands away from sharp or hot surfaces. Eating cookie dough should also be discouraged, since kids can easily get sick from eating raw eggs. As you prepare holiday meals, remember that kids are more susceptible to food poisoning, so you will want to follow food safety guidelines for proper food storage, cooking, and serving temperatures.
Never Let Kids Decorate Unsupervised
Decorating is another area where kids like to help out, and it can also present some opportunities for injury. Make sure that decorating is always a family activity so that you can prevent any falls, scrapes, or other accidents that might ruin the fun.
When accidents happen this holiday season, you can rest assured that your child will have a quick recovery with the dedicated pediatric ER at Southern Hills Hospital. You can also trust us for health tips and physician referrals over the phone with our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 880-2100.