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welcomeThey say it takes a village to raise a child. It’s doubly so when a child’s health and well-being is concerned. Welcome to our “village” where you can hear from our team of experts their thoughts on current and ongoing child health and safety issues as well as share stories in areas like how you’re handling a particular child health-related challenge or the ups-and-downs we face every day trying to keep kids safe. Our Pedsafe Forum is there for you anytime to ask questions and exchange ideas.

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How to Help Your Child Live With Kidney Disease

How to Help Your Child Live With Kidney Disease

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Having kidney disease affects children in many ways. They may need to take medicines and alter their diet, and can also face challenges at school. It’s only natural to worry if you have a child with kidney disease. Parents often have questions about their child’s health. We answer some of the most common ones. It can be helpful for parents to talk to members of the renal team, such as the social worker or clinical psychologist. Other parents and patient support groups may also be able to help. Can I give a kidney to my child? As a parent, your first instinct may be to deal with... 

6 Reasons to Stop the “Every Kid Gets a Trophy” Epidemic

6 Reasons to Stop the “Every Kid Gets a Trophy” Epidemic

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Just pretend:  The sports season just ended and you and the other parents are bursting with pride watching each child receive a participation trophy with their teammates. Of course, we hate to see our children disappointed, so when we notice every kid holding a golden statue, we utter a collective parent sigh: “Oh, good, they all feel special!” Phew! But do our good intentions really help our kids? Not if we really want to nurture our children’s character and base our parenting on solid child-development research. The “Every Kid Gets a Prize” is a staple of modern-day parenting.... 

Teachers, Want to Help A Child Learn? Encourage Wiggling!

Teachers, Want to Help A Child Learn? Encourage Wiggling!

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The research is clear, many of us move to think, that means we can cheer for kids who like to wiggle while they learn. Large motor movement such as walking 15 minutes before school, doing moderate-intensity exercise before a test and peddling or bouncing before academics have been shown to improve performance. Small movements such as fidgeting, squirming, leg-swinging, foot-tapping, and chair-scuffling may help us learn new knowledge and work out complex tasks. The research is reviewed in 70 Play Activities. Here are 8 science-based ways to improve thinking, learning, and behavior in your classroom. 70... 

How to Manage Your Diabetes for a Safer Pregnancy

How to Manage Your Diabetes for a Safer Pregnancy

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Diabetes and your unborn baby Diabetes is a condition in which the amount of sugar (glucose) in the blood is too high. Glucose comes from the digestion of starchy foods, such as bread and rice. Insulin, a hormone produced by your pancreas, helps your body to use glucose for energy. Three types of diabetes can affect you when you’re pregnant: type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes – long-term conditions that women may have before they get pregnant (pre-existing diabetes) gestational diabetes – develops only in pregnancy and goes away after the baby is born The information on this page... 

For a Great School Year, Bullyproof Your Special Needs Child

For a Great School Year, Bullyproof Your Special Needs Child

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Bullying has always been an issue at school and in society, and now with social media the problem has taken on new dimensions. Bullying is repeated unwanted aggressive behavior and isn’t only physical – it includes spreading rumors, exclusion and embarrassment. Kids with special needs, disabilities or medical conditions are even more likely to get bullied. Sometimes these kids don’t even understand what is happening and may even consider the bully to be a friend. Sometimes bullies can even be adults. So how can you protect your child? LISTEN As you chat with your child about their day, make...