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their i health the gift tof safety here's nothing like a trip to the ER to put a damper on your holiday festivities. Garry Gardner, M,D,, chairperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics'» Committee OH Injury, Violence, and Poison Prevention, tells how to childproof the season, one area at a time: the tree Christmas trees are a tip-over risk, so either secure yours to a wall (with an eye hook and twine) or block it off with a safety gate. Try not to place ornaments or string lights on the bottom portion of the tree, where toddlers can reach them. "Every year 1 see a child who has taken a bite of an ornament," notes Dr. Gardner, decorations If you light candles for Ilanukkah, or just like the glow or scent they provide, keep them well out of reach. Pass on tablecloths, too—little kids love to yank them down, sending glasses, silverware, hot food, and possibly those candles thing. You can say yes to poinsettias— they're not poisonous, as is commonly believed, although mistletoe berries are. Still, it's a good idea to keep all flowers and greenery out of reach, presents Wrapping paper, ribbons, and bows can be choking and suffocation hazards. Also watch out for packaging parts-like foam peanuts and those twist ties used to strap dolls and action figures to their backing as if they were about to undergo root canals with no anesthetic, the kitchen "Burns and scalds are a major holiday hazard," reports Dr. Gardner, so be extra cautious when cooking, entertaining, and carrying hot foods or liquids from one room to another. >

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^ listen up! Confused about vaccines? The American Academy of Pediatrics has answers. Log on to Cispimmunize.org for audio interviews with pediatricians, like Harvey Karp, M.D.,Ari Brown. M.D., and Richard Besser, M.D., as well as actress Amanda Peet and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter. s/ baby's got bite! A new study out of the UK shows that kids as young as 3 can have the bite force of an average dog. And toy manufacturers, the researchers say. are not taking those strong chompers into account. Standards for bite testing, they argue, should be put into place. Until then, keep your tot's powerful jaws in mind when supervising him with toys to be sure he doesn't nibble off any small parts.

preschool blues Surprising new research has revealed that almost 15 percent of kids under the age of 5 suffer from depression and anxiety A difficult temperament at 5 months of age was the most important predictor, followed by a history of maternal depression. If that sounds like your child and you, keep an eye out for these symptoms In him: overly anxious or fearful, or often sad, even when playing. If you're worried, talk to your child's pediatrician.

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Most of the time, decongestants are safe—but not always. They can have serious side effects, usually' when given at too high a dose, but sometimes even when given in recom mended amounts. Because of this, the American Academy of Pediatrics novv advises that children under the age of 6 not be given over-the-counter cold medications. To unstuff your child's nose, try saline nose drops instead (using a bulb syringe afterward to remove mucus is really effective). It also helps to have a humidifier in his bedroom at night. A menthol rub may be soothing for kids over 2, but check with your doctor first, and apply it only to the back or chest—never under the nose, which can cause breathing problems. Finally, make sure he drinks plenty of fluids, to help keep mucus thinner. And offer lots of hugs and snuggling; the happier and less stressed your child is, the stronger his immune system will be. Claire McCarthy, M.D., is an assistant professor of pediatrics at Harvard Medical School in Boston. Send her your health questions at Parenting.com/nionisquad.

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"My baby hates being on his belly, but he loves 'airplane' rides. They work his back and neck muscles just like turnrny time does, and flying around the room or just over Daddy while he's lying down keeps him entertained and distracted from the work he's actually doing!" —Ridge Huggett. mom of Orson, 6 months, New York City

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