Child Health & Safety News 9/18: Ultimate Car Seat Guide

twitter thumbIn this week’s Child Health News: How to Help Children in the Aftermath of a Hurricane

Welcome to Pediatric Safety’s weekly “Child Health & Safety News Roundup”- a recap of the past week’s child health and safety news headlines from around the world. Each day we use social media to communicate relevant and timely health and safety information to the parents, medical professionals and caregivers who follow us. Occasionally we overlook something, but overall we think we’re doing a pretty good job of keeping you informed.  Still, quite a bit happens every day – so to make sure you don’t miss anything, we offer you a recap of this week’s top 15 events & stories.

  • The New Research that Convinced Me to be a Soccer Mom Dropout 2017-09-17
  • Blaming parents for tragic accidents isn’t helping anyone 2017-09-17
  • Caring at home for a child with cancer can leave family members with risky tasks 2017-09-16
  • Pediatric Safety and Stepmother-hood: New Beginnings 2017-09-15
  • Ripe for the Picking: A Great Way to Spend Family Time – Thurs Time Capsule 09/11 2017-09-14

PedSafe Child Health & Safety News Headline of the Week:
Ultimate Car Seat Guide This week is Child Passenger Safety Week- please drive carefully!

  • Codeine and Opioids Not Recommended for Cough Suppression in Kids 2017-09-13
  • Lice & Easy: Clinic to treat head lice opens in Colorado Springs 2017-09-13
  • Is drinking any amount of alcohol during pregnancy safe?…uncertainty and potential for harm suggest go without 2017-09-12
  • New rules for child safety in Abu Dhabi school buses 2017-09-12
  • Child Heart Surgery Patients at Childrens Hospital in New Orleans Treated for Rare Surgical Infection  2017-09-12
  • Getting to and from School: The Real Safety Risk can be on the way to/from and getting on/off the bus 2017-09-12
  • 11 Easy Ways to Make Lunches More Attractive for Kids 2017-09-11
  • How to Deal with Your Child’s Class II, Division 2 Bite 2017-09-11
  • Stephen King’s IT is Sensory Friendly, Tomorrow Night at AMC 2017-09-11

How Special Needs Kids Can Avoid the Lunch Box Blues

School is back in session! After the clothes, the supplies and the backpack have been purchased there is one big item left…the lunch box! We want to help our children feel more independent, but sometimes kids with special needs need some special assistance with this portion of their school day. Also, many in this population have very specific dietary needs and wants. Here are some tips for finding containers that will work for your child.

Special note: If your child has a feeding tube, do a search for Facebook groups or ask your child’s team for resources. It’s easy to fall into a rut but there are new ideas and breakthroughs happening every day.

Open and Close

Can your child open AND close the containers you pack? Should the covers be twist tops or snap-ons? Can they open a zippered baggie? Sure, these tasks sound easy but they can be real challenges if you have fine motor issues.

Different brands and styles of containers have different benefits, so do a little spying and trial and error. There is no point in spending an hour prepping a picture perfect bento box if your child is unable to get to it. My child could open the Ziploc divided container but never get it closed again, leading to tragically messy and stained lunchboxes!! This must have been a common problem, since the company has discontinued the item.

This year we are using Snapware, which seems to be working out nicely and doesn’t leak. Victory! But those side latches could be tricky for some kids so do a trial run before sending anything new to school. Hopefully the school has grown ups on hand to assist with these things, but better safe and full than sorry and hungry.

Touch and Go

Some kids with special needs will have a meltdown if their foods touch each other. Others will only eat from their favorite bowl or with their own spoon. This is another reason to be sure to have some trial runs or introduce the containers before school begins or on weekends. A child may need some transition time or a chance to get used to a change in a calm environment rather than under stress in a cafeteria.

Ask and Learn

Ask your kids what kinds of cool containers their friends use. Ask other moms what works best for them. Do a web search. But remember, what works for one child may not work for yours. Borrow containers to try them out or bring your child to the store and have them experiment before investing a lot of money in something that might be useless.

Might Want to Checkout

  • Snapware:  I got a big boxed set at Costco – which as all sizes and one size even has dividers.  Here’s the link to the set at Amazon
  • Sistema (people seem to like it – don’t have the link)
  • Easy Lunchbox: seems like a sturdier version of Ziploc
  • Planet Lunchbox:  some people say the latches are easy, but I haven’t tried them

Happy packing!

Pediatric Safety and Stepmother-hood: New Beginnings

Hello dear readers. I am Clara Ember and I am the new Junior Editor for Pediatric Safety. I am a newlywed at 28 and in addition to gaining the companionship of a handsome and intelligent young man, I also found myself suddenly in the role of stepmother to a seven-year-old boy. As someone who never planned on having children of her own, the change was a significant one. I have always liked children and I am aunt to three beautiful little ones, all of whom I love dearly, but see rarely.

I put a lot of thought into motherhood before marrying my husband. His son does not live with us, (he stays with his grandparents) but that didn’t mean that I wasn’t going to have a significant part in his life. The first few times I met him I was a nervous wreck. What happened if he didn’t like me, or if I didn’t like him? What if I was just terrible at being a responsible adult and ended up being a bad influence on him? What was I supposed to talk to him about?

When he first met me, he called me by my husband’s ex’s name. Over and over and over again. Awkward right? As it turns out, five-year-olds don’t understand breakups and to him, I looked like her. I was a short girl with short hair, that’s the same right? I was so shy that I had no idea how to handle it, so I just stayed very quiet.

Then we went hiking around my husband’s parents property. We had been hiking for about 20min when we came to a pile of logs we had to climb over. He jumped on top of them and turned around with sparkling brown eyes and held out his hand. “Here Clara!” he said, “Let me help you.” My heart melted and with it, went all of my fears about how being in his life would play out. Suddenly it didn’t matter that I didn’t have any idea what I was doing, I would simply love him the best I could and figure out the rest.

He’s too young to really understand what my role in my life is now that I’m married to his father. He sees me as a friend, someone to play transformers and trains with, someone to cuddle. Truthfully, I’m just figuring it out as I go, but what a beautiful journey it is…

I am amazed by parenting, by the balance it requires and the subtle (and not subtle) guidance required to direct and teach a little human. One must be firm and gentle, challenging and comforting, and constantly engaged.

But I’m not telling you guys anything you don’t already know. You are more than aware of the hardships and beautiful moments of having a child and I salute you for all of the work you are putting into it. That being said, if you more experienced parents have any advice you’d like to pass along to a new stepmom, I would love to hear it! Mostly we play outside and build things with legos, but I would like to start teaching him more and building a more solid relationship with him. I want to be a mentor as well as a friend, but I know that’s something you can’t force.

I am really looking forward to working with our authors and staff to continue to bring you intelligent and useful content to help you all on your parenting journeys. After all, it takes a village.

And if you have any questions you would like to ask me, my inbox is always open and I will respond as quickly and honestly as I can. Have a wonderful weekend!

Video: Common Questions About Kids and Chickenpox

Chickenpox is a common childhood illness. But what steps should you take to look after someone who catches it? In this video Dr Rishi Duggal explains what to do if you or your children get chickenpox, and when to get urgent medical advice.

Editor’s Note: Video Highlights

The main symptom is the rash – it can occur in 3 main stages:

  • Stage 1: red spots on face or chest
  • Stage 2: after a couple of hours to a day, spots spread to other parts of body – spots can form fluid filled blisters, very itchy
  • Stage 3: these form scabs or crust – can take several weeks to fall off

How to treat it?

  • Can manage pain with paracetamol (*acetaminophen)
    • Avoid ibuprofen with chickenpox as some may have bad reactions to this
  • Calamine lotions and cremes/gels can help soothe the skin
  • Make sure you’re well hydrated
  • Keep your child out of school and if it’s you, stay away from work

How do you catch it?

  • Chickenpox is HIGHLY contagious – really easy to spread:
    • Through droplets infected person has breathed, sneezed or coughed out
    • Through contact with fluid from blisters
    • Even being in same room with someone for 15 mins who has chicken pox

When to get help

  • Contact your GP (*doctor) or NHS 111 if:
    • You’re not sure if you or your child has it
    • Your baby is less than 4 weeks old and has it
    • If you’re pregnant or have a weakened immune system
    • If your symptoms aren’t improving after a week
  • In rare situations your skin can become red or swollen and even more rare, you can find it difficult to breathe.  Seek urgent advice.

Editor’s Note: *clarification provided for our US readers.

Child Health & Safety News 9/11: Infant Feeding Essentials Guide

twitter thumbIn this week’s Child Health News: Study of Pittsburgh-Area Schoolkids Reveals “Alarming” Rates of Uncontrolled Asthma

Welcome to Pediatric Safety’s weekly “Child Health & Safety News Roundup”- a recap of the past week’s child health and safety news headlines from around the world. Each day we use social media to communicate relevant and timely health and safety information to the parents, medical professionals and caregivers who follow us. Occasionally we overlook something, but overall we think we’re doing a pretty good job of keeping you informed.  Still, quite a bit happens every day – so to make sure you don’t miss anything, we offer you a recap of this week’s top 15 events & stories.

  • CHIP: Congress Must Stop Playing politics with our Children’s Healthcare – Children’s Defense Fund 2017-09-10
  • 15 Signs You’re Too Strict With Your Child 2017-09-10
  • Chronic health conditions prevalent among childhood cancer survivors – 99% experience an average of 17 conditions by 50 years old 2017-09-09
  • Have Kids That Struggle With Anxiety? These 4 Strategies Will Help – TodaysMama 2017-09-08
  • EMS Guide to Hurricane Preparation 2017: Keep Your Family Safe! 2017-09-08

PedSafe Child Health & Safety News Headline of the Week:
National Nutrition Week 2017: A Quick Guide to Infant Feeding Essentials

  • See a Sensory Friendly Screening of LEAP Tomorrow at AMC 2017-09-08
  • What bolsters families, communities & the economy? Preschool – why it’s such an important year 2017-09-07
  • Our Miracle Baby: Aidan’s Story of Surviving CDH – Thurs Time Capsule 07/11 2017-09-07
  • 21 Million People Have Watched This Dad Brilliantly End A Public Tantrum It’ll make you smile 🙂 2017-09-07
  • Parents lack of confidence in GPs for kids’ health in Melbourne is leading to overcrowding ERs 2017-09-06
  • Depression Ruins Lives – What If My Child Has It? 2017-09-06
  • Cure Kids’ Red Nose Day appeal launched to find treatments for NZ kids with serious health conditions 2017-09-05
  • When Can Your Child Walk to School Alone? 2017-09-04
  • Back-to-School Medical Exams: Parents, What You Need To Know 2017-09-04

How to Deal with Your Child’s Class II, Division 2 Bite

Class II, Division 2 Malocclusion occurs when your child’s upper anterior teeth are tilted back toward his or her mouth, causing the lower jaw to be pushed back in a retruded positon. While many patients suffer from Class II, Division 2 Malocclusion, these cases are easily treatable! Once your child’s smile has been classified as Class II, Division 2 Malocclusion, treatment is considered if the “overjet,” or the amount of space the lower teeth overlap the upper teeth, is greater than 6mm. Once the overjet is determined, the goal is then to correct the Class II position to a Class I position, which is the state of an ideal smile.

A large percentage of patients with Class II, Division 2 Malocclusion suffer from resulting medical conditions, including TMJ and breathing disorders. This type of malocclusion also increases your child’s risk of trauma to his or her upper incisors, especially if his or her lips do not sufficiently protect his or her smile. Correcting malocclusion is necessary for both aesthetic and medical reasons. Not only will your child be able to speak, breathe, and eat easier, but his or her facial profile will be greatly enhanced, including a better nose proportion, fuller lips, and a broader smile.

Prior to treating Class II, Division 2 Malocclusion, the dental arches must be the appropriate size and shape. Once the dental arches are accurately developed, the upper anterior teeth will be adjusted to their ideal positions. This adjustment of the upper anterior teeth increases the “overjet,” because the lower jaw is still in a retruded position. Then, the lower jaw is corrected by pulling it forward. This adjustment to the lower jaw can be done surgically or by using a simple mouth appliance. Once the jaw positioning is fixed, your child’s smile can then be straightened through conventional orthodontics.

Parents, as you consider treating your child’s Class II Division 2 Bite, here are some questions you may be asking and some input that may help:

  • Should I wait or treat this now? Although early Class II, Division 2 Malocclusion treatment is typically more costly, it can result in a 40% less chance of trauma to your child’s upper incisors. Early treatments can also increase both the attractiveness of the facial profile and overall self-esteem.
  • How much of an impact will a functional appliance have on my child’s development? Functional appliances are extremely effective when correcting Class II incisal relationships, they can have a significant impact on your child’s health by correcting breathing issues, and they can alter facial feature development, but they won’t alter actual skeletal patterns to a meaningful degree. They won’t change what’s been pre-determined by your child’s genetics
  • Finally – if you’re wondering whether to get your child a fixed appliance or a removable appliance? There is much better patient cooperation with a fixed appliance, however there is no difference in the treatment results between fixed appliances and removable appliances. They both work. So consider your child when making this decision.

If you still have questions, please feel free to leave us a comment below…and if you’re considering this, make an appointment and talk to a local dental professional who is experienced in all aspects of treating this.