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By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

December 21, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Many of the presents that will put a smile on your child's face Christmas morning can also send them to the hospital if you are not careful. "During the holiday season with small children you want to look out for small toys with small loose parts," said Dougherty Paramedic, Roy Evans.

Those parts can pose a choking hazard and is why paramedics recommend parents buy age appropriate toys. "Buy bigger toys with bigger parts," said Evans.

What you use to wrap those toys are also dangerous. "Holiday ribbons and bows are especially a danger to small children because they get those in their mouth. Ribbons can also wrap around their neck, and it can cause a choking hazard," said Evans. 

Parents should also watch out for batteries. "A lot of the electronics we use today have smaller batteries and are much more compact. The smaller batteries can easily be put in the mouth, swallowed and choked upon," said Evans.

Batteries are not only choking hazards, but if swallowed can block your digestive track. With cooler holiday temperatures also come more medicine that to a child can look like yummy candy.

"We need to keep those locked in storage containers. Use child proof tops or doors that are child proof. And keep them up and away from children to keep them from getting into them," said Evans.

But your biggest defense against holiday dangers is supervision. "It's so easy to turn your head for one minute, but it only takes a split second for a child to get themselves in trouble," said Evans. A watchful eye can be the difference between a Merry Christmas and a horrific holiday.

Paramedics recommend parents save the poison control center hotline number on their cell phone in case of any holiday emergencies. That number is 1-800-222-1222. Pet owners should also have their vet's emergency number save

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