There’s nothing like the holidays. For many people, the holidays mean reuniting with family and friends, lots of hugs, handshakes and – So. Many. Germs. (Of course, the holidays are in the heart of flu season!) We’ve pulled together some tips for staying healthy during the holiday season, so your New Year is merry too.
hands every chance you get. This is great advice for adults and children
alike. Be sure to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Especially
after greeting family or friends. You may want to bring along a couple travel
size bottles of hand lotion. All that washing can dry your skin.
up! Depending on where you are celebrating, wear weather appropriate clothing
and outerwear. Doing your best to stay dry and warm will help keep you well.
stress. Well, manage your stress. The most wonderful time of the year is
often the busiest. Take time out for yourself and your family if you are
feeling overwhelmed. Seek support from family and friends and get your sleep.
eyes on children. When you’re hosting or part of a large gathering, it’s
easy to lose track of kids. Keep potentially dangerous decorations, candles,
drinks and food away from children. Work with the other adults in attendance to
ensure someone always has an eye on the children in the group.
and consume food safely. Remember these simple steps: Wash hands and
surfaces often, avoid cross-contamination, cook foods to proper temperatures
and refrigerate foods promptly. If you aren’t sure about the hygiene of the
kitchen or the length of time the food has been sitting out, don’t eat anything
that can potentially get you sick.
of yourself. Get your annual exams checked off for the year or catch up on
your vaccines over the holidays.
In spite of your best efforts, if you catch something other than the holiday spirit this season, don’t stress. IHA Urgent Care locations have holiday hours. Don’t spend your holiday waiting in a waiting room. Save your spot in line at an Urgent Care location near you, and wait at home.
12 Safety Tips for a Merry & Bright Holiday Season
The holiday season is downright magical. The lights! The cherished
family ornaments! The candles, plants and tree! After the first holiday season
with an active child, we quickly realize all decorations aren’t made to be
kid-friendly. It takes some effort from the grown-ups to ensure little ones are
safe while celebrating the magic of the season. Luckily, The American Academy
of Pediatrics created a list of tips to keep everyone in your home safe, and
the holidays merry.
When purchasing a live tree, check for
freshness. The needles should be hard to pull off, and should not easily break
when you bend them. When you tap the tree on the ground, only a few needles
should fall off. Cut a few inches off the bottom of the trunk before putting it
in the stand, and be sure to keep the stand filled with water.
If you have an artificial tree, make sure it’s
labeled “Fire Resistant.”
When setting up a tree at home, place it away
from fireplaces, radiators or portable heaters. Place the tree out of the way
of traffic and do not block doorways.
Use only non-combustible or flame-resistant
materials to trim a tree.
Check all lights before hanging them on a tree
or in your home, even if you have just purchased them. Make sure all the bulbs
work and that there are no frayed wires, broken sockets or loose connections.
Be cautious about trimmings that may contain
lead. Choose tinsel or artificial icicles of plastic or nonleaded materials.
Light strands may contain lead in the bulb sockets and wire coating, sometimes
in high amounts. Make sure your lights are out of reach of young children who
might try to put lights in their mouths, and wash your hands after handling
Before using lights outdoors, check labels to be
sure they have been certified for outdoor use. To hold lights in place, string
them through hooks or insulated staples, not nails or tacks. Never pull or tug
lights to remove them. Plug all outdoor electric decorations into circuits with
ground fault circuit interrupters to avoid potential shocks. And, watch your step
if using a ladder to deck your halls.
When lighting candles, remove flammable
materials from the area, and place the candles where they will not be knocked
over. Never leave a burning candle unattended. Do not use lighted candles on a
tree or near other evergreens.
In homes with small children, take special care
to avoid decorations that are sharp or breakable. Keep trimmings with small
removable parts out of the reach of children to prevent them from swallowing or
inhaling small pieces. Avoid trimmings that resemble candy or food that may
tempt a young child to eat them.
Wear gloves to avoid eye and skin irritation
while decorating with spun glass “angel hair.” Follow container
directions carefully to avoid lung irritation while decorating with artificial
Remove all wrapping papers, bags, paper, ribbons
and bows from tree and fireplace areas after gifts are opened. These items can
pose suffocation and choking hazards to a small child, or can cause a fire if
Keep potentially poisonous holiday plant
decorations, including mistletoe berries, Jerusalem cherry, and holly berry,
away from children, and pets too.
Don’t forget: When you leave your home or head to bed for the
night, take a look around to be sure all decorations are turned off, candles
are blown out and nothing is stirring (not even a mouse).
IHA Urgent Care is open on holidays!If your little sugarplumb experiences an injury or illness this holiday season, we’re here to help, and are open on holidays. Save your spot in line at an IHA Urgent Care location near you.