Health Tip: Prevent Your Children From Choking
For small children, even the most seemingly harmless objects can pose a choking threat.
The U.S. National Safety Council offers these suggestions to reduce your youngsters' risk of choking:
- Never allow a baby or young child to play with a toy that has a cord or string attached.
- Don't feed your baby foods that could get stuck in the throat, such as bites of hot dogs, hard candy, uncooked vegetables, nuts, raisins, fruits or vegetables with pits, popcorn or grapes.
- Never allow your child to eat while lying down.
- Keep anything that can fit in your child's mouth out of reach, including coins, batteries, jewelry, nails or thumbtacks.
Health Tip: Keeping Your Children Warm in Winter
In bitter winter weather, it's important to make sure children are dressed appropriately.
The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these recommendations:
- When babies and children will be outside in bitterly cold weather, dress them up in many light, thin layers, including long underwear, pants, a turtleneck, a few shirts, warm socks, coat, hat and mittens.
- When dressing your child, add one additional layer of clothing than an adult would wear in the same weather.
- Inside the home, covering your baby with blankets, quilts and pillows in the crib could contribute to sudden infant death syndrome. So dress your baby in a warm one-piece sleep suit, instead of piling on blankets.
- If you must use a blanket to keep your baby warm, tuck the blanket under the mattress of the crib. Keep the blanket tucked only up to the baby's chest, so that the face can't be covered by the blanket.