Posts Tagged ‘kid’

Toys and choking risks: Be careful with balloons

Friday, February 26th, 2010

balloonsEverybody has a favorite toy while growing up. For me, It was a life-sized baby doll. She went with me everywhere! We were real buddies.

We all want kids to have fun toys, educational toys, safe toys, toys that they will remember with love.

We also know that kids sometimes choke on parts or pieces of toys. What can a parent do to lessen this risk? The American Academy of Pediatrics just released a new policy statement that can help.

Did you know? Plastic balloons are one of the most hazardous toys for children. When swallowed, uninflated balloons or pieces of broken balloons can seal the child’s airway so he can’t breathe.

Other toy hazards are small objects that are round or cylindrical, like marbles. Watch out for any toy with small parts that are loose or that could come loose. Small, curious fingers love to pick them up and pop them right into the mouth. Also be aware of toys that belong to older children. Sometimes we focus on the baby’s toys and forget about the other toys and objects in the house. It helps to remember that your child’s airway is smaller than yours.

Do  you have any suggestions on how to reduce choking hazards in your house?

Medication overdoses and kids

Monday, August 17th, 2009

medicineWe all worry about the things in our houses that can poison kids: bleach, bug sprays, those scary things under the sink or in the garage. We’re right to worry, but we also need to watch out for the things in our medicine cabinet.

Medications are the leading cause of poisoning in children who go to emergency rooms. For kids, 7 out of 10 cases of poisoning in the ER are caused by medication overdoses. This is the finding of a new study recently published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

And in 8 out of 10 cases, children were under the age of 5 and got a hold of the medication on their own. So take a look around your house. Whether it’s a bottle of aspirin or a prescription med, put it where kids can’t get to it.



Dog bites and kids

Friday, May 15th, 2009

sleeping-dogOnce when I was a kid, I was riding my bike, and a neighbor’s dog ran out and bit me on the leg. I cried all the way home. I love dogs, but I also respect them.

Next week is National Dog Bite Prevention Week. Thanks to dog vaccinations  and other public health efforts, rabies is rare in the United States. But it’s still a serious concern. And dog bites can also cause infection and serious injury.

Here’s what you and you family can do to protect yourselves from dog bites:

* Don’t approach an unfamiliar dog.

* Don’t run from a dog or scream when you’re around a dog.

* Be “still like a tree” if an unfamiliar dog approaches.

* If a dog knocks you down, roll into a ball and lie “still like a log.”

* Avoid direct eye contact with a dog.

* Don’t disturb a dog that is sleeping, eating or caring for puppies.

* Before petting a dog, let it see and sniff you.

* Report stray dogs or dogs acting strangely to your local animal control agency.

For more information, read Dog Bite Prevention on the Web site of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Speak Now for Kids: Medical care for children

Monday, May 11th, 2009

child-playing-doctorMedical care. Health insurance. We all worry about them.

Will we have the medical care and the insurance we need when someone in the family gets sick?

What about routine checkups? Can I afford the copay?

My kids deserve reliable, quality medical care. What can  I do to be sure they get it?

The March of Dimes is a national partner in the campaign “Speak Now for Kids in Health Reform.” More than 120 other organizations have also signed on.

As Congress debates health care reform, Speak Now for Kids will be there. We want to be sure kids get the the medical care they need. 

You can help. Go to the Speak Now for Kids Web site. Tell us about your experiences with children’s health insurance and medical care.

Add your voice to this important national discussion.

Turtles: Not for kids under 5

Monday, March 30th, 2009

turtle-smTurtles move slowly and have tough, colorful shells.  Sounds like a good pet for a small child, right? But think again, says the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Turtles carry a potentially dangerous bacteria called Salmonella. This is the same bacteria that has been causing all the recent problems with peanut butter products.

Salmonella can cause fever, diarrhea, stomach cramps and nausea. Sometimes the infection is very serious and can even cause death.

As moms, we like to teach our children to take care and love their pets. But if you have a child under 5, choose something other than a turtle. The U.S. Humane Society has some guidelines on how to pick a pet.