Bethesda, Md., (December 11, 2013) – While the holidays can be an exciting time of year, they can also be stressful for parents as well as children. How do you know if your child’s wish list includes safe, age-appropriate toys and games? How can you help your children cope with any stress they may be feeling during the holiday season?
According to Dr. Leila Hall, Suburban Hospital’s new chair of pediatrics and medical director of the Shaw Family Pediatric Emergency Center at Suburban Hospital, parents should be selective when purchasing toys, making sure they are safe for the age of the child. For example, toys that contain magnets can be very dangerous for young children who still put things in their mouths. “If two or more magnets are swallowed they can cause bowel obstructions that can have fatal consequences,” she said.
Dr. Hall also recommends reading the manufacturer’s label before making a toy purchase. “It can tell you a lot about age appropriateness, whether or not adult supervision is needed, and other safety risk considerations,” she said.
On making the holidays more enjoyable and less stressful, Dr. Hall reminds parents that one of the best things they can do is model healthy lifestyle behaviors for their children and that “the most important gift you can give your kids is the gift of your time.”
For more of Dr. Hall’s tips on gift-giving and dealing with holiday stress for parents and kids of all ages, read her Ask the Expert column at suburbanhospital.org/AskTheExpert.
About the Shaw Family Pediatric Emergency Center at Suburban Hospital
The Shaw Family Pediatric Emergency Center at Suburban Hospital provides children of all ages with quality care in a kid-friendly, family-centered environment. From emergency treatment to inpatient admissions, the Pediatric Emergency Center recognizes the unique medical needs of young patients in an atmosphere specifically designed to reduce their anxiety about hospitals. A team of board-certified pediatricians and specially trained pediatric nurses staff the combined emergency/inpatient unit ensure around-the-clock pediatric expertise. For more information, find us on Facebook or visit suburbanhospital.org/pediatrics.
About Suburban Hospital
Suburban Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, is a not-for-profit, community-based hospital in Bethesda, Maryland, that has served Montgomery County and Northwest DC for more than 70 years. Suburban Hospital is distinguished by a cutting-edge stroke program; level II trauma center; centers of excellence in cardiac care, orthopedics and joint replacement surgery, neurosciences and oncology; state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment tools; and affiliations with major health care organizations like the neighboring National Institutes of Health. For more information, find us on Facebook or visit suburbanhospital.org.