5 Amusement Park Safety Tips

For a day of family summer fun, you almost can’t beat a good amusement park. Here in the U.S., amusement parks are big business, with more than 400 parks hosting about 375 million guests each year, according to the IAAPA. At the same time, unfortunately, injuries and illness are also quite common at the parks, ranging from thrill ride mishaps to heat stroke. In fact, CNN says emergency rooms across America saw 30,000 park-related visits in 2016 alone. If you plan to take the family to an amusement park this summer, take heed of these 5 important tips to keep…

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Tips for Preparing for Summer Camp

As school lets out for the summer, many children look forward to seeing old friends and making new ones at their favorite summer camp. However, without proper preparation, camp for some kids can be less like a dream and more like a nightmare. What are some ways you can prepare in advance so your kids gain the most from their summer camp experience? Bring Immunizations Up to Date The one call you don’t want to receive is from the camp nurse saying your child has chicken pox, measles or some other childhood disease—especially one that could have been prevented. Immunizations…

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Getting Ready for Swimming Pool Season? A Few Things to Know Before Pool Season. . . .

As we approach Memorial Day, many thoughts turn to our favorite summer activities. Playing in the pool and lounging by the pool are extremely popular among children and adults. However, when improper attention is paid to the people in the pool or to the pool itself, serious accidents or tragedy can occur. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), between 2005-2014, an average of 3,536 deaths by drowning each year occurred. Often those injured are young children who are still learning how to swim. A pool which has poorly trained staff, dangerous equipment, or not well-maintained conditions…

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School Field Trip Safety Tips

For most schools, springtime is field trip time—an opportunity for kids to experience learning outside the classroom (especially since they won’t be paying much attention inside the classroom). However, keeping all children safe and accounted for on a field trip is a bit of a challenge, and things can go wrong even with the most conscientious people in charge (not that you can count on everyone being conscientious). Be proactive and help your child stay safe on her field trip with these simple tips. Know Where They Are Going Find out from the trip coordinators where the group is going,…

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Children and Anesthesia: What You Need to Know

Your child needs a surgical procedure that requires the use of some form of anesthesia. It’s natural to have some concerns—after all, anesthesia involves the use of sometimes-powerful drugs to deaden the pain of a procedure or put the patient to sleep, and a child’s small body may respond differently to these drugs than an adult would. Let’s discuss some things you need to know to ensure your child’s safety when anesthesia is needed.   Types of Anesthesia Depending on whether your child’s procedure is major or minor, the surgeon may utilize anesthesia in one of three ways: Local anesthesia—numbing…

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Bicycle Safety—How to Avoid “Dooring” or Being “Doored”

One of the greatest fears of bicyclists—and with good reason—is the fear of being “doored” while riding a bike in traffic. Dooring is what happens when a driver or passenger in a car opens a street-facing car door without looking, causing an oncoming bicyclist to crash into it. Dooring accidents frequently cause serious injury or death to bicyclists, and while they aren’t the biggest statistical threat, they do pose enough danger that many states have passed laws making motorists responsible for checking behind them before opening a car door into traffic. Hard data on the number of dooring accidents is…

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Thinking of Getting a Hoverboard for Your Child? Think Again…

Since hitting the market in 2015, the self-balancing scooters commonly called hoverboards have been seeing their reputation worsen almost by the day. Most of us have heard the reports of some of these products spontaneously catching fire or exploding due to overheating lithium batteries, prompting several airlines and transit authorities to ban them completely. As recently as last November, the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued yet another recall on numerous brands of hoverboards over fire dangers. However, fire isn’t actually the biggest threat a hoverboard poses to your child—at least from a statistical point of view. It’s injury due to…

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You’re Doing It Wrong! Don’t Make These Car Seat Installation Mistakes

Researchers continue to go to great lengths in designing car seats to keep our little ones safe—but that research has little impact when parents install the seats incorrectly. A study by the NHTSA estimates that nearly half of child car seats are installed wrong—but certified passenger safety technicians often find those percentages to be much higher. (One estimated more than 70 percent, another at over 95 percent!) Statistically speaking…if you’re a parent of a small child who uses a car seat, chances are you’re doing it wrong. Here are a few of the most common car seat installation mistakes to…

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Common Youth Baseball Injuries—Prevention and Treatment

As spring approaches, many young hearts and minds start turning to baseball season. Little league remains one of the most popular spring and summer outlets for children and teens, but that also means an increase in trips to the E.R. for baseball related injuries. Beyond the garden-variety scrapes and bruises young players frequently get while sliding in the dirt, let’s look at some of the more common youth baseball injuries, how they are treated medically and how to reduce the risk. Sprains and Strains Muscle strains account for nearly a third of youth baseball-related injuries; sprains (tearing of ligaments) account…

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