Seasonal Tips

Holiday Tips 2022

1. Promise Pediatrics is also here after hours. You can reach one of our providers 24/7 by phone. If you need us at night, on weekends, or even on holidays, give us a call and leave your phone number and one of our providers will call you back within a few minutes.

2. We want everyone to know that we are here when you need us. If your child is sick on a Saturday our office is open, for sick children only. We open at 11 am every Saturday morning except on holiday weekends.

3. The most wonderful time of the year can also be one of the most stressful. With packed schedules, it’s easy for routines to get disrupted and bedtimes to get delayed – which can make both kids and their parents grumpy. Try to stick to your child’s usual sleep and mealtime schedules to maintain holiday cheer. Pack healthy snacks when you’re shopping or running errands to minimize the sweet treats at home. Remember to schedule some downtime, too. Even a short break from the action can help children relax and recharge. As your partners in raising happy, healthy children, we’re always here to help with questions or concerns.

4. When visiting family and friends this holiday season, remember that the homes you visit may not be childproofed. Keep a close eye on open cabinets and drawers, stairways, electrical outlets, and accessible household cleaners. Accidental poisonings in children can result from the ingestion of medications, toothpaste, perfumes, and mouthwashes. When entertaining in your home, be sure your guests place their coats, purses, or luggage out of reach of children. Promise Pediatrics wishes you a wonderful holiday season and look forward to seeing you in the new year.

5. Every year in the United States, nearly 3,000 children are treated in emergency rooms after swallowing button batteries. This hidden holiday danger can be found in many toys and trinkets – from musical greeting cards and sound books to flameless candles, remote controls, games, and key fobs. If a button battery is swallowed, it can become lodged in the esophagus, causing severe burns in as little as two hours. Know what items in your home contain button batteries and make sure all compartments are secure. Store items out of reach when possible, and make sure all family members and childcare providers are aware of safety concerns. If you suspect your child has ingested a button battery, call 911 or take your child to the nearest ER.