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National Influenza Vaccination Week

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December 7 - 13, 2014 is National Influenza Vaccination Week. This message is from Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). For more information about influenza, please visit www.flu.gov/. As we near the end of autumn, many of us begin preparing for the holiday season, but there’s something…

Categories: Childrens Health

Halloween Safety and the NCMEC

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For over 30 years, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), based in Alexandria, Virginia, has worked to help bring missing children home. NCMEC distributes information on personal, school, home, playground, cyber safety as well as other safety guidelines for parents, family members, and caregivers of children. They disseminate critical information about what…

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Toddlers and Access to Guns… A Recipe for Disaster!

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We would like to think that it would be self-evident that if guns are accessible to babies in a home, that this is a recipe for disaster. We would hope that adults--if they have the sense that God gave geese--would lock away their weapons in a high place in their home or garage and spend…

Categories: Safety At Home

Mumps Outbreak, Growing!

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When I wrote a piece last winter on Measles, I did not think I’d be writing again so soon about what physicians used to call another common childhood ailment, the Mumps.  Measles aren’t funny… and neither are Mumps.  Both measles and mumps have become relatively less common than in the 1950s and 1960s, because, today,…

Categories: Childrens Health

The First Vehicular Heat Stroke of 2014

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Looking at recent (2010) statistics compiled by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, provided by the Kids Count program, it is clear that accidental deaths occurring to children ages 1 - 14 are reducing in number--and are currently lower than in the ten years preceding 2010.  This is good news for kids, parents and for our…

Categories: Safety In And Around Motor Vehicles

Should You Put Sunscreen on Infants? Not Usually

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(This article was originally published by the FDA in their Consumer Updates section) You're at the beach, slathered in sunscreen. Your 5-month-old baby is there, too. Should you put sunscreen on her? Not usually, according to Hari Cheryl Sachs, M.D., a pediatrician at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). "The best approach is to keep…

Categories: Summer Sun Safety

Measles a.k.a. Rubeola – What are they?! Why should parents be concerned?

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In 1963, a vaccine against Measles (Rubeola), Mumps and Rubella (German Measles), the MMR vaccine, was developed and finally made available through physicians to the general public.  This was a great day in medical science for all, especially children, parents and prospective parents. For hundreds of years, Rubeola, the “regular” measles had been a devastating,…

Categories: Childrens Health

Making Play Safe for Kids

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On February 26, 2014, at 6:00 p.m. the president and CEO of Safe Kids Worldwide, Kate Carr, joins a discussion on Making Play Safe for Kids, hosted by the Arthur Blank Foundation and moderated by Sanjay Gupta, MD. To listen to this event sign up at:   http://blankfoundation.org/play-safe

Categories: Safety At Home

Another Chapter in the Buckyballs Debate…

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"The safety commission and consumer advocates maintain that the ban is warranted because rare-earth magnets are irresistible to children, even if the packaging says the toys are intended for adults. " - The New York Times' article by Andrew Martin of August 16, 2012. Buckyballs VS. The Consumer Product Safety Commission A video from the…

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Important Information for Parents About Children and Smoking!

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U.S. Department of Health & Human Services - January 17, 2014 Contact: HHS Press Office 202-205-0143 Surgeon General report says 5.6 million U.S. children will die prematurely unless current smoking rates drop Report also finds cigarette smoking causes diabetes and colorectal cancer Approximately 5.6 million American children alive today – or one out of every…

Categories: Safety At Home

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