Holiday Safety

The link to the annual holiday safety round up from the American Academy of Pediatrics for those making a list and checking it twice is here.

This year there’s information about trees, lights, decorations, holiday food and drink safety, and fireplaces.

And from me, two other thoughts:

Fires, especially if your fireplace doesn’t draw well, can trigger respiratory symptoms and asthma. Make sure you have proper ventilation. And remember to check if it’s a Spare the Air day before lighting a winter fire here.

Each year some children react when a live tree is brought indoors. Sometimes it’s a pine allergy; sometimes it’s products sprayed on the tree during its growing time at the farm.

About Lisa M. Asta, MD

Lisa M. Asta, M.D. is board-certified by the American Board of Pediatrics and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, for which she is also a Media Representative (she has been interviewed for “Kids Health” on Health Radio, and quoted in Parenting Magazine, USA Today, and the New York Times, among other publications). She is a Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at the University of California at San Francisco and past pediatric chair at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek. She graduated from Temple University School of Medicine and the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Asta is also a writer whose fiction has appeared in Inkwell, Philadelphia Stories, Schuylkill, and Zeniada. Her essays have appeared in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Hippocrates, the San Jose Mercury News, and The New Physician Magazine. She is an occasional contributor to KQED public radio’s Perspectives series, and has written articles for Bay Area Parent, Valley Parent, Parents’ Press, and Parents Express, as well as online at WebMD.com, Rx.com, and MyLifePath.com. She wrote a chapter in The Field Guide to the Normal Newborn, ed. Gary Emmet, M.D. BabyCenter.com currently has two how-to videos for parents in production which feature Dr. Asta. For more on Dr. Asta’s writing, visit www.LMAsta.com
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