Top 5 Health Reasons Your Elf on the Shelf Didn’t Move

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It happens to the best of us — your Elf on the Shelf is visiting during the holidays and your kids wake up to find him in the same place as yesterday. After consulting North Pole medical professionals, we’ve learned there are some common health reasons your Elf may not have moved. Kids don’t believe you? We’ve got you covered with our downloadable For-Elves-Only Doctor’s Notes. Depending on your Elf’s diagnosis, it’s possible she may need to rest for a few additional nights. (For parents, that means you can also get a little extra sleep!)

 Top 5 Health Reasons Your Elf Did Not Move

  1. Stomachache from too many candy canes. We can all relate, can’t we? When this happens to Elves, our medical professionals recommend sitting in the vegetable bin for at least 24 hours. Photo 5
  2. Broken arm after falling off the Christmas tree. Every year, we try and remind Elves to be careful when climbing the Christmas tree, especially when placing a star or angel on top. But of course, Elves are notorious for causing mischief which often leads to tumbles out of the tree. It’s a good thing they heal quickly! Our orthopedic specialists recommend at least two full days of tree rest when this happens.Elf on the shelf 1
  3. Bump on the head due to flying accident. It’s hard work flying back to the North Pole every night to report back to Santa. And accidents happen! If your Elf bumped his head, it’s best to keep him grounded for 24 hours. We have it on good authority that Santa will accept emails and text messages when Elves are grounded for medical reasons. Good thing you have that doctor’s note! Photo 4_bright
  4. Sprained ankle from too much rocking around the Christmas tree. It’s a fact that Elves throw great dance parties after everyone goes to sleep. If cutting the rug leads to a sprained ankle, the best remedy is hanging out in a stocking for up to 48 hours. Photo 3_Bright
  5. Elf-fluenza from not getting her flu shot this year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend everyone 6 months of age and older get a flu vaccine every season. This goes for Elves too! Like the flu, Elf-fluenza can really take a toll on little bodies. The only thing you can do for your Elf is put her on sleigh rest and make sure she gets lots of fluids until symptoms pass. Photo 2

 Remember, your kids and Santa will require an official doctor’s note as proof of all Elf-related health incidents. Download your printable doctor’s notes and share your creativity with us by tagging Anne Arundel Medical Center on Facebook and Instagram.

From our AAMC family to yours, we wish you a happy, healthy holiday!

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