Encore Episode: Holiday Safety & Cheer

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Have a happier holiday with these tips for your family.
Air Date: 12/24/19
Duration: 16:10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Corinn Cross, MD
Dr. Cori Cross 2017Dr. Corinn Cross was born and raised in New Jersey. She attended Barnard College where she graduated cum laude and majored in philosophy. She went on to attend the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, NJ, where she was selected for the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Cross did her internship and residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Cross has continued to work at CHLA as a general pediatrics attending.

Dr. Cross is actively involved in her local AAP, Chapter 2, where she is an obesity champion. She is co-founder of the Fit to Play and Learn Obesity Prevention curriculum. Through a collaboration between AAP Chapter 2 and the L.A. Unified School District this curriculum is being used to educate at-risk students and their parents on the risks of obesity and to help them to lead healthier lives. Dr. Cross is an AAP Spokesperson and speaks to children throughout the L.A. school district about obesity, healthy lifestyles and the benefits of walking to school.

Dr. Cross is a member of the Executive Board for the AAP's Council on Communications and Media. She is the Editor of the Council on Communications and Media's blog.
Encore Episode: Holiday Safety & Cheer
Holidays are joyful for many. There are a few things to keep in mind to keep your family happy and safe.


  • Don’t let your tree dry out.
  • Don’t leave your tree lights on when you aren’t home.
  • Don’t overload outlets and extension cords.
  • Be sure outdoor lights and power cords are intended for outdoor use.
  • Stash guest belongings out of your child’s reach so no one gets into personal pill boxes.
  • Hire a sitter if you have lots of toddlers at your large party.
  • Make sure gifts are age appropriate and not flagged as dangerous.
  • Fireplace embers can stay hot for days so put ashes in an ash bucket.
  • Know that other people may not have the same safety practices when you go to visit.
Managing Expectations

It’s a tough balance to give your child the best gifts you can while instilling a sense of gratitude. Discussing the significance of the holidays in your family leading up to festivities can help. Focus on family traditions like cooking, games, singing and celebrating. This is time you can build traditions to carry you throughout the year. Talk about gratefulness and giving with your children.

It’s important for your children to realize that things cost money. Your family may not be able to afford the latest cell phone technology for the kids. Sometimes Santa leaves notes to redirect unrealistic requests, leaving a hand-selected gift instead.

Listen as Dr. Corinn Cross joins Melanie Cole, MS, to share how to enjoy this time with your children safely and happily.
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