The Latest in the Vaccination Debate: What You Need to Know

Vaccination has been a matter of debate for several years, but the topic is of even greater urgency in light of a recent outbreak of measles in several states. The Centers for Disease Control reported over 200 cases in the first two months of 2019, making this the worst outbreak since 1992. Previously, the disease had been assumed to be all but eradicated. In the midst of all this illness, leaders in the medical community are calling for a renewed effort to obtain greater protection via vaccination. Read on to learn more about the recent outbreak and to discover why…

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Staying Safe on the Highways for Parents

Safe driving is important in a world of traffic jams, work commutes and other drivers who do not respect the rules of the road. When we become parents, safe driving takes on added importance. Child deaths due to car accidents have been dropping, and much of it is due to parents following the right safety tips for their children. Driver Safety Tips for Parents Keep your loved ones safe when you are out on the road by making the right decisions. Wear a seat belt. What is true for you is also true for your little one. Few things could…

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Timely Facts About Fall Sports Head Injuries

From Little League to the NFL, traumatic brain injuries are increasingly of concern in all levels of athletics. Highlighted below, recent statistics shed light on the scope of the problem: Injuries On the Rise Traumatic brain injuries have plagued athletes for decades, but all signs point to an increase in prevalence. Data from the High School Reporting Information Online injury surveillance system indicates that participation in main high school athletic categories increased 1.04 fold between 2005 and 2015; meanwhile, concussions in these sports increased a shocking 2.2 fold. Not Just Football When most people think about sport-related brain injuries, they…

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Are You Vulnerable to Lead Exposure? What to Know Before Working With Contractors

It is currently common knowledge that lead exposure can cause severe health problems — particularly for young children. But while lead-based paint has long been banned in new construction, it remains a considerable risk in millions of homes built before lead was widely recognized as a threat. In pristine condition, lead-based paint does not necessarily harm homeowners — but that all changes when general contractors enter the picture. Read on to learn how you can protect yourself and your loved ones as you proceed with home renovation projects: Lead-Safe Certification Issued in 2008 and recently reaffirmed, the EPA’s Renovation, Repair…

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Keep Your Trick-or-Treater Safe with These Six Safety Tips

Halloween is one of the most exciting times for your children. They get to dress up as their favorite character, eat candy, and watch scary movies. As a parent, however, it’s important to make sure your kids have a fun and safe holiday by following a few crucial safety tips. 6 Halloween Safety Tips for Your Trick-or-Treater Plan costumes accordingly. Bright and reflective costumes are safer, but if your child’s costume is dark, you can add reflective tape or give them a bright trick-or-treat bag. Make sure their shoes fit well and that their costumes are short enough to prevent…

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Halloween Tips and Tricks for Parents of Toddlers: How to Handle First-Time Trick-Or-Treating

For decades, trick-or-treating has been a Halloween rite of passage. Kids love the costumes and the candy, but parents? Not necessarily. For parents of toddlers (especially first-time trick-or-treaters), this holiday is little more than a source of stress. From scary houses to excessive sugar, a lot can go wrong. Follow these simple steps to ensure more treats than tricks: Avoid Elaborate Costumes Preteens love to go all out with crazy costumes, but with toddlers, simple is always best. When in doubt, avoid fancy headpieces or other elaborate accessories. Most toddlers struggle with masks, so opt for nontoxic face paint instead….

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The Hidden Dangers of Infant Walkers — Why Doctors Are Calling For a Ban

Baby walkers may be cute, but experts warn that they’re deceptively dangerous. According to an alarming NPR report, walkers are responsible for over 2,000 hospital emergency room visits every year. Additionally, a study recently published in the journal Pediatrics reveals that 230,000 children under the age of 15 months were treated in United States emergency departments for walker-related injuries such as concussions and skull fractures. Read on to learn more about the dangers of walkers — and how they cause developmental delays. Why Are Walkers So Dangerous? Experts have long regarded walkers as a hazard. Already in 1994, the Consumer…

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Why Children Should Remain in Rear-Facing Car Seats As Long As Possible

Our nation’s roads are safer for children than they used to be. Car seat vigilance, in particular, has greatly reduced the risk of fatality among the nation’s youngest passengers. An especially promising Centers for Disease Control study revealed that child passenger deaths decreased 43 percent between 2002 and 2011. Despite this, motor vehicle crashes remain a leading cause of death among children. An easy way to beat the statistics? Keep your child in a rear-facing car seat as long as possible. How Long Should My Child Remain in a Rear-Facing Car Seat? If you’re like most parents, you’re tempted to…

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How to Partner with Your Pediatrician to Make Sure Your Children Get Great Care

Your pediatrician plays an invaluable role in keeping your kids healthy. Proactive care really does make a difference, but there is only so much your pediatrician can accomplish alone. Success in pediatrics relies upon a productive relationship between medical professionals and parents. Read on to learn how you can work with your pediatrician to minimize health risks and ensure your child receives exceptional care. Arrive Prepared Today’s pediatricians face an onslaught of concerned parents and sick children — and often, far too little time. It is therefore critical that you make the most of every moment with your pediatrician. Arrive…

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The Dangers of Sudden Summer Thunderstorms (and How to Avoid Them)

Experts estimate that an astounding 1,800 thunderstorms strike our planet every day. They occur more frequently in certain locations and in certain weather conditions. Summer heat and moisture are especially likely to bring about unexpected lighting and thunder. These storms can be deadly; while figures vary significantly from one year to the next, the United States National Weather Service reported 40 lighting fatalities in 2016. Seek Shelter Immediately The moment a thunderstorm becomes evident, seek shelter. If possible, head indoors or towards your vehicle. If you’re alone in an open space, don’t stand under a tall object such as a…

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