Happy Holidays

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Holiday Safety and Health Tips from Our Pediatric Experts

The holiday season is a festive time filled with decorations, parties and fun for kids of all ages. However, the very things that bring holiday cheer can lead to unhealthy habits or even pose safety risks to children.

Use our Holiday Checklist, and the holiday safety and health tips below, to help keep your holiday bright. 

  • Safety Tips

      The holidays are an exciting time, but you should be aware of possible safety risks to make sure your children stay injury-free.


      - Decorate with children in mind. Do not put ornaments with small parts or metal hooks, or ones that look like food or candy, on the lower branches of a tree where children can reach them. Trim branches at or below a child’s eye level, and keep lights out of reach.

      - Keep decorations and other items with sharp edges out of reach.

      - Turn off decorative light displays and blow out candles when you leave a room. Inspect lights for exposed or frayed wires, loose connections and broken sockets. Do not overload extension cords or outlets and do not run an electrical cord under a rug.

      - Holly berries, mistletoe berries, poinsettias, amaryllis, boxwood, Christmas rose, Crown of Thorns, English ivy and Jerusalem cherry are all potentially harmful if eaten. Keep the Georgia Poison Center phone number (1- 800-222-1222) with other emergency numbers.

      Fire Safety

      - Make sure all smoke alarms have batteries and are working. Develop a home fire escape plan for your family, with two ways out of each room.

      - Natural Christmas trees always involve some risk of fire. To minimize the risk, get a fresh tree and keep it watered at all times. Do not put the tree near heat sources, such as candles, fireplaces or heat vents.

      - Do not burn Christmas tree branches, treated wood or wrapping paper in a home fireplace.


      Never allow infants and toddlers to use toys with small parts that could be choking hazards. If a toy part fits in a standard cardboard toilet paper tube, it is small enough to pose a choking risk to a child.


      During holiday travel, make sure everyone in the vehicle uses his or her safety belt or child safety seat. Make sure child safety seats are appropriate for the child’s height and weight and are used properly.

  • Health Tips

      Strong4Life Holiday Survival Guide

      Strong4LifeWe know the holidays can be stressful for parents, so let Strong4Life help you keep your family healthy and happy during the most wonderful time of the year. Learn more about healthy holiday tips.