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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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My Transgender Daughter, Nicki: A Story of Suffering and Survival

My Transgender Daughter, Nicki: A Story of Suffering and Survival

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Sharon has a teenage daughter who is transgender. She describes how Nicki was born in a male body but felt from a very young age that she should have been a girl. “When my child Nick was about two, I realised that he wasn’t playing with toys that I expected a boy to play with. He was interested in dolls and girly dressing-up clothes. At that age, it doesn’t really matter. You just think they’re trying lots of different things, so I never made a fuss about it. “But when he was four years old, Nick told me that God had made a mistake, and he should have been a girl. “I... 

How to Protect Kids From Online Predators

How to Protect Kids From Online Predators

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Troubling research about our kids’ lack of online smarts and predators’ new grooming techniques to lure them. Advice based on studies to keep kids safer online and parents and child givers better educated. Studies show that predators are using more subtle and savvier ways to “befriend” kids including pretending to be another teen or child as a means of forming a relationship.  The purpose of this blog is not to scare you or have you overreact and pull the plug on your computer. The chance that your child will be befriended by an online predator is rare. But the news about two Virginia... 

Should Your Child Take The New Fidget Toy Out For A Spin?

Should Your Child Take The New Fidget Toy Out For A Spin?

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Fidget toys called Spinners have become a huge fad for kids. They all seem to love them. Meanwhile, most teachers and parents seem to hate them. In fact, Spinners are being banned in many schools. Some kids are crushed and some parents are furious. Where do you stand? Let’s take a look at Spinners and fidget toys in general and see if we can figure out this issue. Old school types usually say, “Why are kids being allowed to bring toys to school these days? Why can’t they just sit still?” Here’s the thing – kids have always needed to fidget. They have been tapping pencils, wiggling... 

Video: How to Introduce Your Child to Sleeping in a Bed

Video: How to Introduce Your Child to Sleeping in a Bed

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In this brief video, NHS Health Visitor, Sara, discusses how to approach moving your young child from a cot (*crib) to a bed and gives some tips for success. Editor’s Note: Video Highlights There are no hard-and-fast rules for when to move your baby from a cot (*crib) to a bed – do it when it feels comfortable for your child and for you From 18 months, you might find that your child is too big for a cot or is trying to climb out – that’s the time to move them into a bed For some children, moving from a cot to a bed is really exciting and they accept it really well For other... 

Condoms: Knowing these Facts Could Keep Your Teen Safe

Condoms: Knowing these Facts Could Keep Your Teen Safe

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There are a lot of myths about condoms, so make sure that you are aware of the facts before you have sex. MYTH: It’s safer if you use two condoms. TRUTH: No it isn’t. Using two condoms at once is a really bad idea, whether it’s two male condoms or a male and female condom. It increases the chances of them ripping. Only use one at a time. MYTH: Condoms break easily. TRUTH: No they don’t. To avoid a condom breaking, you need to put it on carefully, ensuring there’s no airbubble at the end. Be careful of sharp nails, jewelry or teeth. If the condom won’t roll down, it’s the...