Protecting children during summer activities conjures up thoughts of bike helmets, knee pads, and sun block. However, during the summer months, mowing the lawn can be as routine for some children as riding a bike and can be dangerous if proper safety precautions are not taken. In fact, nearly 210,000 people Ė approximately 16,200 of them children under age 19 Ė were treated in doctorsí offices, clinics and emergency rooms for lawn mower-related injuries in 2007, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports.
Nearly 300,000 young American children have blood lead levels high enough to cause irreversible damage according to the Centers for Disease Control. Every one of these cases is avoidable. While many young children have been affected by lead from paint in older homes, other children are being exposed to the toxin through toys, especially toy jewelry, they love. These toys are identifiable and should not be purchased, played with, or even produced.
Parents of boys can skip this page. This review is about girls only. As pediatricians, we get lots of questions and concerns on the subject of puberty in young girls: When should it start? What comes first? When do menstrual periods begin? When should missed or irregular periods cause concern? Too often, during a wellness visit, these questions donít get answered fully or never get asked in the first place, so we thought this would be a good forum to explain things a little better and include some real facts about the matter. As parents, itís part of your job description to know all about the subject and to teach your daughters what they need to know.
Bites of mosquitoes, chiggers (harvest mites), fleas, and bedbugs usually cause itchy, red bumps. The size does not mean that your child is allergic to the insect bite. Mosquito bites near the eye usually cause massive swelling for 2 days.
Sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the sudden unexplained death of a baby younger than 1 year of age. All healthy infants should sleep on their backs at naptime and at night to lower the risk of SIDS.Here are some additional tips to help you lower your babyís risk.
As your pediatrician, we will see your baby many times in the first few years. It is very important to keep track of checkups and immunizations. Please keep in mind that your baby's actual schedule may differ slightly.
The Children's Clinic wants you to always keep safety in mind when enjoying the various activities that summer has to offer -- one of these very popular events is swimming. Many homes use temporary swimming pools in their yards, which can prove to be very dangerous for children.