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December 15, 2012

Keep holidays merry, bright - and safe

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Most holiday plants are safe, but remember that mistletoe and holly berries eaten in excess can be dangerous. If your child does snack on a holiday plant, call the Northern New England Poison Center at 1 (800) 222-1222.

If you are hosting a party in your home, don’t forget to clean up the night of the party so your child doesn’t discover alcohol or small snack foods like peanuts and popcorn that can be choking hazards the morning after the event. To wrap up …

(To the tune of “Jingle Bells”)

So find some ways at holidays

So injuries don’t abound

Then you can really celebrate

With your kids safe and sound

So heed these rules and safety tools

So no one flips their lids

This is pediatrician Dr. Lewis First

Hoping you’ll be First with Kids!

Happy holidays!

Dr. Lewis First is chief of Pediatrics at Vermont Children’s Hospital at Fletcher Allen Health Care and chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Vermont College of Medicine.

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