Health Watch - Holiday Moments: New Toys

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about special holiday moments, like a visit with Santa Claus, having loved ones in your home or even taking time for yourself with a cup of hot cocoa. One of the biggest holiday moments is the exchanging of gifts and seeing the delight on the faces of recipients – especially when it’s children getting a new toy.

Video games and electronic devices may be the big holiday gifts these days, but a new bicycle or scooter will still delight kids. Dr. Robert Wiebe, a pediatric emergency physician at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says you should take a moment or two for safety precautions before letting kids hit the streets and sidewalks with their new toys. Inspect the bike or scooter to make sure it’s in good working order and properly assembled. Children should wear a helmet when using these toys. Parents should supervise kids as they ride their bikes or scooters, and kids should stay out of high-traffic areas.

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December 2010


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