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baby within reach of household chemicals under sink

Keeping your kids from making a toxic mistake

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News

Through the eyes of a toddler, the world is a collection of fascinating shapes and sizes and colors. Some of those colorful shapes contain things that taste pretty good when Mom or Dad pour them into a bowl or cup. The problem is when things that don’t taste so good — that might even be poisonous — come in similar colorful shapes. And curious kids decide to take matters into their own hands — grabbing the big bottle of disinfecting cleanser that looks a lot like apple juice — when their frazzled parents step out of sight. “A lot of …Read More >

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Bird's eye view of a kind mom coloring with her toddler and infant

Summon the babysitter!

Categories: Children's Health  /  News

It’s been a long week. You need a night out. Time to call the babysitter. But finding a good babysitter takes a little time, planning and research. If you’re looking for someone to take care of your child for a few hours, don’t wait until the last minute. Here are a few things to think about: Look for a sitter within your circle of friends, church or community. Look for a sitter who is 13 years or older and mature enough to handle basic household emergencies. Look for someone who already works with children. Have the sitter spend time with …Read More >

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A family is loaded into the car with luggage strapped to the roof as they drive through the countryside

Hitting the road Memorial Day Weekend? Read this first.

Categories: Children's Health  /  Emergency care  /  News  /  trauma

The long Memorial Day Weekend marks the start of summer travel season. In fact,  AAA predicts that 39 million Americans will travel 50 miles or more this weekend — the most people since 2005. A strong economy and still-affordable gas prices are among the reasons. The downside of all that travel, of course, is the risk of injury and death on our highways — particularly for those who fail to properly secure themselves and their families in cars. The Texas Department of Transportation is putting out the word through its Click It or Ticket campaign that seat belt laws will …Read More >

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A young girl stares out at nature as she wears a fur lined coat

When a winter coat can be dangerous

Categories: Children's Health  /  News  /  trauma

We love our puffy jackets and we love to bundle our children up on chilly days. But it turns out that they (and we) are far less securely buckled when that seatbelt or car seat is strapped across that mountain that is the puffy winter coat. By some estimates, it can add an average of four inches of slack to a child’s harness straps. It might be useful to compare that to wearing pants that are four inches too big in the waist — except with worse results. Winter coats often trick parents into believing their child’s harness straps are …Read More >

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