Health Watch - Holiday Moments: Visiting the Grandparents

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about special moments of the holiday season. For grandparents, a visit from the grandchildren may be a highlight of the holidays. But before you have little visitors, make sure your home is ready.

If you don’t usually have small children in your home, you may need to make special preparations. Dr. Robert Wiebe, a pediatric emergency medicine specialist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says grandparents may need to childproof their homes – make sure electrical outlets are covered, cabinets containing cleaning chemicals are locked and swimming pools or hot tubs can’t be accessed by children. Medications that grandparents may keep handy on nightstands, in bathroom cabinets or in Grandma’s purse need to be moved to a place where children can’t reach them. Children should be supervised around pets that aren’t accustomed to sharing their home with children. 

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December 2010


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