Unwanted germs, sharp objects, allergies; they don’t care what the calendar says

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By Dr. Lisa Miller

During the holidays, most moms are busy jingle bell rockin’ around the clock. So what do you do when your child comes down with a cough on the night before Christmas? Good Night Pediatrics is an all-night urgent care facility in Henderson open 365 days a year and serves as a great tool for busy families. For those hoping to avoid a late-night doctor visit, here are some friendly reminders to keep children healthy and happy all the way through the New Year.

‘Tis the Season for Giving, But Keep Germs to Yourself
Wash your hands often. Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have tissue, use your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
Cold temperatures can cause serious health problems, especially for infants and older adults. Stay dry and dress warmly in several layers of loose-fitting, tightly woven clothing.

Decking the Halls
You may be busy decking the halls and entertaining guests, but it’s important to keep a close eye on your kids. Make sure all sharp and pointy holiday decorations are out of reach. If you use decorative lights on the tree, watch children when they are playing nearby.

Keep Feasting Fun
Know your child’s food allergies and check snacks and food provided at parties for any ingredients that might trigger those allergies. If you’re busy in the kitchen, stay mindful of where you place sharp objects and hot dishes to avoid cuts and burns.

Parents should also inspect any toys children receive as gifts to make sure they don’t have small parts that could turn into a choking hazard. It’s also a good idea to learn how to provide treatment for children who are choking.

To Grandmother’s House We Go!
Always buckle your child in the car using a child safety seat, booster seat or seat belt according to his or her height, weight and age. If you’re traveling by plane, remember that any child that requires a car seat on the ground should also use one in the air.

Bring your own folding playpen instead of relying on borrowed cribs from a hotel or family member. If you must borrow a crib, be sure to inspect for missing parts and make sure the model has not been recalled.

If you are staying with friends or family, remember to pack safety devices for the home, such as outlet covers, baby gates and cabinet locks.

About Dr. Miller
Dr. Lisa Miller is a pediatrician with Good Night Pediatrics, an all-night urgent care facility located at 2651 N. Green Valley Parkway in Henderson. Good Night Pediatrics is open from 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. every night, including weekends and holidays. For more information visit goodnightpeds.com.