Hide This

FREEHER HealthToolkit

HER Health Toolkit

Sign up for EmpowHER updates and you'll receive our
FREE HER Health Toolkit

Obesity

Get Email Updates

Health Newsletter

Receive the latest and greatest in women's health and wellness from EmpowHER - for free!

How To Avoid Holiday Injuries and Sickness

By Joanne Sgro-Killworth HERWriter
 
Rate This
How To Avoid Holiday Injuries and Sickness 4 5 1
avoid sickness and injuries over the holidays
Auremar/PhotoSpin

It is supposed to be a magical and wonderful time of year. No matter what part of the country you live in, the holiday spirit abounds with lots of activities.

There are however, an abundance of traditional holiday festivities and activities which can leave us injured and feeling gloomy.

For the thrill and snow seekers, sledding is one of those winter sports that keeps emergency doctors busy. According to an article written by Angela Haupt for USNews.com, “Whizzing down a snow-covered hill may be exhilarating, but roughly 33,000 people a year are treated in emergency rooms for sledding-related injuries.”

Another hazard, believe it or not, is shopping. USNews.com reported that many suffer from back aches and strains after a day of shopping.

"People tend to carry their keys in one hand, and seven bags in the other," said Dr. Ryan Stanton, who was interviewed for the article. "That imbalance — that strain on one side of the back — causes injuries."

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “Nearly 6,000 victims of decorating related falls head to emergency rooms each year.”

I can remember helping my mom hang lights on a tree several years ago, while standing on a chair. I moved one way and the chair slid the other way.

While I did not fall, I strained my back trying to stabilize myself and was crooked for two weeks.

The CDC also warned against fire danger while illuminating your house and building a fire.

“Most residential fires occur during the winter months. Keep candles away from children, pets, walkways, trees, and curtains. Never leave fireplaces, stoves, or candles unattended.”

If you are on your way to grandma’s house, make sure to avoid icy and snowy conditions. The CDC also reminds us to not drive while impaired.

“Always buckle your child in the car using a child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt according to his/her height, weight, and age.”

Don’t let your overindulgence of holiday foods ruin your festive mood or even worse make you sick.

Add a CommentComments

There are no comments yet. Be the first one and get the conversation started!

Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.
By submitting this form, you agree to EmpowHER's terms of service and privacy policy

We value and respect our HERWriters' experiences, but everyone is different. Many of our writers are speaking from personal experience, and what's worked for them may not work for you. Their articles are not a substitute for medical advice, although we hope you can gain knowledge from their insight.

Improved

1679 Health

Changed

630 Lives

Saved

479 Lives
2 lives impacted in the last 24 hrs Learn More

Take Our Featured Health Poll

How often do you diet?:
View Results