Christmas ‘elf and safety’ tips for families from the HSE

THE HSE is rowing in behind Santa with advice about getting small people to bed early on Christmas eve and keeping everyone safe, well, and happy for the joyous season.

The HSE’s site is sharing advice for parents, caregivers, and other family members to make the most of the festive break with children.

These ‘elf and safety’ tips include being aware of seasonal hazards like button batteries and how to reduce the risk of infections getting in the way of the festivities.

Dr Abigail Collins, national clinical lead for the HSE’s Child Health Public Health programme and consultant in public health medicine, says: “Try to minimise pressure on yourself to make Christmas perfect and focus instead on enjoying the simple things with your child like playing games and going for walks together.”

“Being aware of toy safety and taking extra care when visiting other people’s homes can help prevent serious injuries and stress at this special time.

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“Covering coughs and sneezes and keeping hands clean can help to reduce the risk of infections such as RSV, flu, and tummy bugs over Christmas. It’s not too late to get the free nasal spray flu vaccine for children from a participating pharmacy or GP to protect your child and older family members.”

The HSE is also passing on a special request from Santa that all good children be in bed at a reasonable hour on Christmas eve.

Detailed advice can be had from