December is Safe Toys and Gifts Month
Every year, more than 250,000 kids under the age of 14 are injured by toys.
So if you’re shopping for young children this holiday season, here are some tips and resources to help keep kids safe.
Prevent Blindness, the sponsors of Safe Toys and Gifts Month, : offers this pretty comprehensive do and don’t list Avoid toys that shoot or include parts
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What is the biggest risk to kids on Halloween night? It’s not an overdose of sugar, or the possibility of tainted treats. It’s the traffic.
says child pedestrian accidents increase 400% on Halloween, compared to an average day. The Mother’s Complete Guide to Halloween Safety
The greatest number of accidents occur between the hours of 5 pm and 9 pm.
The guide gives the following tips for …
read on Black licorice health hazards
It’s coming up on Halloween and I know lots of people who love to decorate with black licorice candies. They even like the taste (which I definitely do not!).
But every year the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) publishes
a public safety message about the possible health hazards of black licorice.
Why is it unhealthy? And which products should be avoided?
Licorice comes from a root …
read on Head lice: a back-to-school nuisance
Head lice and their eggs (nits) are a frequent irritation for school children and their parents.
Because they spread through person-to-person contact and by sharing personal items like hats and hair brushes, head lice are especially widespread in the fall and winter months.
super lice, or head lice that are resistant to conventional treatments permethrin and pyrethrum, are now common in at least … read on Get ready for flu season
Last year’s flu season was nasty.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) labeled it a
“high severity season” because the circulating strains of influenza virus were especially virulent and the season lasted longer than usual.
It’s impossible to predict when flu season will start, but it could be as early as October. The CDC recommends getting your flu shot by the end of October, but …
read on Measles is still common in other countries
Every year I read about people traveling overseas and coming home with the measles.
The first symptoms are unremarkable: fever, cough, runny nose and red eyes. It takes about 5 days for the telltale rash to appear, and by then the patient has spread the virus through at least two airports, an airplane and multiple other shops or restaurants.
Measles is highly contagious …
read on It’s time for those back-to-school shots!
It’s that time of year when the days shorten, stores advertise back-to-school clothes, and parents scramble to make appointments with their kids’ pediatricians for sport physicals and immunizations.
At least, I hope they do.
I am a fervent believer in vaccinations, even though I live in
. the state (Washington) with–sadly–the highest “opt out” rate in the country
In 1998 a medical journal published …
read on Does your face suffer from sun damage?
This YouTube video fascinates me. Using an ultraviolet lens, the camera reveals how years of exposure to the sun’s UV rays can damage our skin. Even more interesting is how sunscreen looks.
(It’s best viewed full screen.)
Protect yourself from the sun
The summer heat rages on, so I hope this video is a timely reminder to wear …
read on What’s in your pool water?
School is out, summer is in full swing, and both kids and adults are flocking to local public swimming pools and wading pools.
And that’s where an ugly parasitic infection lurks:
Cryptosporidium (aka “Crypto”) causes diarrhea. It spreads when contaminated fecal matter gets into the pool. Which is frighteningly easy to do, especially when toddlers wear diapers into wading pools or onto splash …
read on A common summer ailment
Few summer ailments are as common as sunburns.
If you or your kids get a sunburn, here are some simple steps you can take to stop the burning and promote healing.
You don’t need to buy a bunch of special or expensive products. The important steps are to stop the burning, treat the pain, and stay hydrated.
Sunscreen—Prevention is key
Use sunscreen! The
… American Academy of read on