Skip to navigation menu Skip to content
Jump to:  A   |   B   |   C   |   D   |   E   |   F   |   G   |   H   |   I   |   J   |   K   |   L   |   M   |   N   |   O   |   P   |   Q   |   R   |   S   |   T   |   U   |   V   |   W   |   X   |   Y

Keeping T-Day Kitchens Safe for the Whole Family

Keeping T-Day Kitchens Safe for the Whole Family

WEDNESDAY, Nov. 23, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- The whole family — even the youngest members — can take part in Thanksgiving’s hours of food preparation by following some safety tips.

The nation’s leading pediatrics organization offers some holiday advice for families with young children.

“There’s a lot of excitement and joy surrounding meal preparation at this time of year, but it also can be stressful,” said Dr. Dina DiMaggio, a fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

“Consider how to involve kids in the process and think about assigning an adult to keep track of the youngest when the kitchen is at full capacity. By planning in advance, families can help ensure the day goes smoothly for all,” she said in an academy news release.

Here are some helpful tips:

  • Start by showing kids how to stay safe while cooking by teaching them to hold kitchen tools safely, DiMaggio suggests. You can do this with specific child-safe knives.

  • Show them how oven mitts can protect hands from heat, as well as how to turn appliances on and off safely. Tell them about the importance of keeping flammable objects away from the open flames.

  • Still, always supervise children when cooking to be sure they’re following the rules.

  • Follow food safety guidelines, including washing raw vegetables and fruits, and cooking food thoroughly. Ensure the little ones also wash their hands thoroughly after touching raw foods. Model good behavior by washing your own hands frequently.

  • Make sure a food doesn’t include raw eggs or other ingredients that should be cooked before offering your little helper a taste. Wash the spoon before it goes back into the food.

  • Store raw foods in the fridge separately from cooked foods to prevent bacteria from spreading, the AAP suggests. Always thaw meat in the refrigerator, never on the countertop.

  • Keep everyone safe from burns by placing hot food and liquid far from the edges of counters and tables. Make sure young children cannot reach microwave ovens. Turn pot handles toward the side or back of the stove.

  • Find your child before walking with hot liquid, to be sure you don’t trip and harm both of you. Don’t drink hot liquids while your child is on your lap, the AAP recommends.

  • Foods requiring refrigeration should not be left at room temperature for more than two hours.

  • Clean up immediately after the meal to avoid an accident in which a child could find a choking hazard or come into contact with alcohol or tobacco.

More information offers other Thanksgiving safety tips.

SOURCE: American Academy of Pediatrics, news release, Nov. 15, 2022

Reviewed Date: --

Find a pediatrician
Emergency Medicine
Dr. Michelle Arzubi-Hughes
Dr. Omar Blanco
Dr. James Burhop
Dr. Joel Clingenpeel
Dr. Margaret Eason
Dr. Eliza Foley
Dr. Noelle Gabriel
Dr. Kristin Herbert
Dr. Andrea Hornbuckle
Dr. Courtney Jacobs
Dr. Rupa Kapoor
Dr. Alexandra Leader
Dr. Paul Mullan
Dr. Kelli Petronis
Dr. Michael Poirier
Dr. Suzanne Sartori
Dr. Nicole Schacherer
Dr. James Schmidt
Dr. Kim Schock
Dr. Sara Smith
Health Tips
Helping Kids Get Over their Fears
Treating Minor Injuries in Children
When Can a Child Wear Contact Lenses
Burns Quiz
Food Quiz
Food Safety Quiz
Diseases & Conditions
After a Burn: When to Call Your Child's Healthcare Provider
Anatomy of a Child's Brain
Anatomy of the Endocrine System in Children
Anxiety Disorders in Children
Asthma in Children Index
Becker Muscular Dystrophy (BMD) in Children
Bites and Stings
Bone Marrow Transplant for Children
Brain Tumors in Children
Burns Caused by Heat
Burns: Symptom Management
Chemotherapy for Children: Side Effects
Classification and Treatment of Burns
Classification of Burns
Coping Emotionally After a Burn
Emergency Treatment of a Burn Injury
Ewing Sarcoma in Children
Eye Safety and First Aid
Fire Safety and Burns
Fire Safety and Burns Overview
Fire Safety and Burns—Identifying High-Risk Situations
First Aid for Poisonings in a Child
First Aid for the Eyes
First-Degree Burn in Children
Hepatitis B Virus (HBV) in Children
Home Page - Burns
Home Wound Care
If Your Child Has Trouble Adjusting After a Burn Injury
Inflammatory and Infectious Musculoskeletal Disorders
Inflammatory and Infectious Neurological Disorders
Inguinal Hernia in Children
Insect Bites and Children
Insect Stings in Children
Kidney Transplantation in Children
Meningitis in Children
Minor Injuries Overview
Mood Disorders in Children and Adolescents
Myasthenia Gravis (MG) in Children
Nutrition and Burns
Nutrition- School-Age
Osteosarcoma (Osteogenic Sarcoma) in Children
Pediatric Blood Disorders
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in Children
Preparing the School-Aged Child for Surgery
Preventing Burn Injuries in Children
Preventing Burn Scars and Contractures in Children
Returning Home After a Burn Injury
Schizophrenia in Children
Second-Degree Burn in Children
Sports Safety for Children
Superficial Injuries of the Face and Head- Overview
Television and Children
The Growing Child: 2-Year-Olds
The Heart
The Kidneys
Thermal Injuries
Third-Degree Burn in Children
Tick Bite Diseases
Topic Index - Burns
Treatment for Human Bites
Your Child's Asthma
Your Child's Asthma: Flare-ups

Disclaimer: This information is not intended to substitute or replace the professional medical advice you receive from your child's physician. The content provided on this page is for informational purposes only, and was not designed to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease. Please consult your child's physician with any questions or concerns you may have regarding a medical condition.