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, you can always call the Northeast Regional 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 that can be choking hazards the morning after.
To wrap up:
(To the tune of The Christmas Song - also known as "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire")
And so if you're following my safety tips
You'll keep your cool and will not flip your lids
This is pediatrician Dr. Lewis First
Hoping you'll be First with Kids!
Happy holidays everyone!
Lewis First, M.D., 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. You can also catch "First with Kids" weekly on WOKO 98.9FM and WPTZ Channel 5, or visit the First with Kids video archives at http://www.FletcherAl