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To Grandmother's House We Go

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Make sure little ones are safe at Grandma's by being aware of small objects, unlocked cabinets and nervous pets.

Holidays are all about togetherness. With gift exchanges, story-telling, and a whole lot of cooking going on, it’s easy for curious little hands to get hold of some items that are potentially dangerous. While homes with toddlers and infants are usually child-proofed, keep in mind that the residences of family members without young children aren’t nearly as safe.

“We see a lot of toddlers getting injuries when visiting grandparents or at holiday parties where their parents are otherwise distracted,” said Anne Brayer, M.D., co-director of Injury Free Coalition for Kids and pediatrician for Emergency Medicine at the University of Rochester Medical Center.

When heading off to see grandma, keep these things in mind:

No one wants to take a trip to the emergency room on a special holiday, so while it may seem cumbersome to pay extra attention to little ones, remember that they are unfamiliar with their surroundings and likely to explore. Making sure young children are supervised and properly cared for ensures a merry season for all.

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