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While unwrapping presents, keep these scraps away from young children

December 25, 2018 - 3:30 am
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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — For families who celebrate Christmas, there are few things as exciting as waking up and finding gifts that Santa Claus has left under the Christmas tree. 

For many families, the opening of presents is a time when things get quite frantic. Wrapping paper and boxes are scattered about. But along with the paper and boxes, there can be small batteries, tiny pieces of plastic and other items that a young child might put in his or her mouth and swallow. This can be particularly problematic in families who have several children of different age groups. 

Another concern on Christmas Day is traveling to see the grandparents or other relatives' homes.  If these are homes where there are not young children, they may not be set up in a way that they are child safe, and there are concerns about electric cords and other potentially dangerous items around the house. 

Finally, if you are choosing to celebrate throughout the day and plan to have alcoholic beverages, remember to be aware this is an excitable time for children and they need very close supervision.