Christmas is a time of year for everyone to enjoy.
However, it is a fact that during this busy and exciting time many of us can forget some simple advice that will ensure our children enjoy a safe and healthy Christmas.
Dr Mashbileg Maidrag, NHS Suffolk’s public health consultant said: “Make sure that your children are safe and healthy by following these 12 simple rules. They’re not hard to follow and are based on common sense – they could make the difference between a happy Christmas or one spent in A&E.”
1. Make sure you buy age-appropriate toys which meet current safety requirements. Inappropriate toys could have small parts that a child could easily swallow. Be vigilant about counterfeit goods which could present a danger to children.
2. Tidy away the small toys found in Christmas crackers and keep batteries away from small hands.
3.If staying with friends or relatives remember their home may not have the same safety features as yours e.g. stair gates or locks on cupboards.
4. Remember the top bunk of bunk beds isn’t suitable for children under six-years old.
5. Avoid trips and falls on the stairs by keeping them clear of clutter.
6.One in 10 child accidents happen in the kitchen. There will be a lot of activity in the kitchen during Christmas, so keep children out to prevent burns and scalds.
7.Keep alcoholic drinks out of reach. Even a small amount of alcohol can poison a young child.
8. Lock away medicines in a medicine cabinet. If you have family or friends staying, make sure they don’t leave medicine on their bedside cabinet that could prove tempting to small children.
9. Be careful with candles. Never leave candles unattended and keep candles away from discarded wrapping paper or plastic bags.
10. Remember to turn off fairy lights before going to bed, as they could catch fire.
11. Check that your smoke alarm is working – and don’t be tempted to take out the batteries to use in Christmas toys
12. Keep you and your family safe from the winter vomiting bug by regularly washing your hands with soap and water for 10 to 15 seconds
Dr Maidrag concluded: “Despite all the excitement of the day, try and stay calm and enjoy yourself – however always stay vigilant to what your children are doing.”