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Amber Teething Necklaces: A Do or Don’t?

Amber Teething Necklaces: A Do or Don’t? As a parent, it’s only natural to want to relieve pain related to teething in your child. Amber teething necklaces are marketed to do just that and they are quite popular. However, this practice is not supported by scientific evidence and they are considered unsafe for your child. […]

Backyard Safety

Backyard Safety It’s that sunny and warm time of year! This means your kiddos are likely playing outside more. Your backyard can be a safe play area for your child if you eliminate potential hazards.  Here are some suggestions for keeping your yard safe for children: If you don’t have a fenced yard, teach your […]

Poison Prevention and Treatment Tips

Poison Prevention & Treatment Tips Each year, approximately 3 million people—more under the age of 5—swallow or have contact with a poisonous substance. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has some important tips to prevent and to treat exposures to poison. How to Poison Proof Your Home: Most poisonings occur when parents or caregivers are home but not paying attention. […]

Warm Water Infections

DON’T LET LAKE, RIVER RECREATIONAL ILLNESS PUT A DAMPER ON SUMMER FUN Warmer days are coming. For many families that means it’s a perfect time to go swimming or boating in a nearby lake or river.  Before you dip your toe, check the health of the water.  Young children, those with weak immune systems and […]

Lawn Mower Safety and Your Teen

Lawn Mower Safety and Your Teen Chores are an important way for your teen to gain a sense of responsibility and accomplishment. Mowing the lawn may be one of your teen’s chores this summer. Here are some safety tips for lawn mowing from the American Academy of Pediatrics: Only use a mower with a control […]

Bee and Wasp Stings

Bee and Wasp Stings In the warm months of the year when children are eager to play outdoors it is important to be aware of the potential for bee and wasp stings. Stings can occur from a honeybee, bumblebee, hornet, paper wasp, or yellow jacket. Over 95 percent of stings are from honeybees or yellow […]

Bicycle Safety Tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics

Bicycle Safety Tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics In 2010 in the U.S., 800 bicyclists were killed and an estimated 515,000 sustained bicycle-related injuries that required emergency department care. Roughly half of these cyclists were children and adolescents under the age of 20. Annually, 26,000 of these bicycle-related injuries to children and adolescents are […]

When Should My Child Learn to Swim?

When Should My Child Learn to Swim? Children need to learn to swim. The AAP supports swimming lessons for most children 4 years and older, and for children 1 to 4 years of age who are ready to learn how to swim. Keep in mind that because children develop at different rates, each child will […]

Delayed Drowning

School is rapidly approaching, which means the summer is winding down. But there’s no better way to spend these last few weeks of this hot, summer weather than at the pool or lake with your family and friends! Awareness of the risk for drowning and teaching your child to swim are keys to enjoying your […]

Swimming Pool Safety

Swimming Pool Safety What is the best way to keep my child safe around swimming pools? An adult should actively watch children at all times while they are in a pool. For infants and toddlers, an adult should be in the water and within arm’s reach, providing “touch supervision.”  For older children, an adult should […]