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!
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.