Each day we use Twitter to communicate relevant and timely health and safety information to the parents, medical professionals and other caregivers who follow us. Occasionally we may miss something, but we think overall we’re doing a pretty good job of keeping you informed. But for our friends and colleagues who are not on Twitter (or who are but may have missed something), we offer you a recap of the past week’s top 25 events & stories.
- Water Safety: How To Keep The Kids Safe Around The Beach Or Pool http://t.co/OrdXtGq0L7 great set of guidelines 2013-05-19
- ADHD Affects Seven Percent Of Children, According To CDC Mental Health Report http://t.co/Q5P8NBhWkn 2013-05-19
- Making critical healthcare decisions for your young adult child – if you have a child nearing 18 yrs old, please read! http://t.co/rTGGwnTqox 2013-05-19
- Swallowing very strong “neodymium magnets” Can Be Fatal for Children http://t.co/xrd5oB0Xav 2013-05-19
- Calgary dentists report more cavities in kids after fluoride removed from water http://t.co/I61NhlZAQb 2013-05-18
PedSafe Headline of the Week:
UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation grants avail for children’s health care needs http://t.co/WVvv4G7ccF Up to $5k per grant!
- Absolute Joy maternity “concierge” helps soon-to-be moms enjoy pregnancy http://t.co/2uj6hK6idx intriguing concept… 2013-05-18
- 18 kids died while taking “next generation” antipsychotic drugs in CA http://t.co/Hlhhm3T286 link not firmly established but worth being cautious 2013-05-18
- Obesity obsession ‘means other weight problems may be missed’ for UK schoolkids http://t.co/Rwj9EYscrE 2013-05-18
- Add this to your teen’s cell phone contract today | Confessions of a Dr. Mom http://t.co/270TLSU9KB 2013-05-18
- Will Immunotherapy Reduce My Child’s Allergies…Is It Worth It?: http://t.co/ny9WvCknRC 2013-05-16
- AAP Advocates for Access to Health Care for Immigrant Children http://t.co/s4nDHuXdnN 2013-05-16
- The 5 Most Dangerous youth sports and expert tips to protect your young athlete http://t.co/cSqSJkOHHn 2013-05-15
- 25 Minutes: The Time It Takes To Teach Children About Safety http://t.co/kffRWgf2zp National Missing Children’s Day is May 25th 2013-05-15
- Flu during pregnancy MAY trigger bipolar disorder in offspring – preliminary study raises questions – more data needed http://t.co/fFmR8yLTq6 2013-05-15
- Kids learn lake safety tips before summer “trauma season” begins http://t.co/OXI8Q9zgKJ 2013-05-15
- You Don’t Have to Snore to Have Serious Sleep Apnea! Think Occult Laryngomalacia (OLM). …kids too! http://t.co/nkIS7JoF6w 2013-05-15
- Pediatric Skeletal Disease Seen in Caucasian and Asian Populations Identified http://t.co/XljDExP6Nc 2013-05-14
- Why men do not respond to the sound of crying babies but women cannot ignore them | Mail Online http://t.co/E9nw3gyrUD 2013-05-13
- Foods marketed to children in UK supermarkets are less healthy than those marketed to the general population http://t.co/KWLHY7w3M5 2013-05-13
- Africa is riskiest place to be born, report says http://t.co/X0JK6PFH3P 2013-05-13
- With freedom comes risk: Tips to help older kids stay safe http://t.co/dKhkuxyTnd 2013-05-13
- Researchers begin study on farm children’s health http://t.co/v8V77c93ut 2013-05-13
- Instant Packets of Independence for a Special Needs Child http://t.co/QsWfDwTsoX 2013-05-13
- Predators target kids through online games http://t.co/vUM4nRGrwq 2013-05-13
Immunotherapy is a series of injections that helps build the body’s immunity to substances that trigger allergy symptoms. Each shot contains a tiny amount of the offending allergen. Over time, your immune system builds up a tolerance, which means that those sniffles and watery eyes lessen or even disappear.
Since immunotherapy is a commitment — the entire course takes years — it’s recommended for people who have multiple allergies and suffer from symptoms at least three months out of the year. Speak with your pediatrician about your child. Most doctors, including myself, advise that children should be at least 5 years of age to start allergy shots.
If your child is a candidate, consider whether or not you’d be able to take him to the doctor’s office regularly. He’ll need to get shots once a week for several months, and then once a month or so for two to five more years.
Next, check in with your insurance company. Most cover immunotherapy, but some have a yearly maximum or deductible. It’s important to have a clear idea of what’s covered before you begin treatment.
The good news: 85 to 95 percent of patients experience a significant improvement in their allergy symptoms. And for most, those benefits last for life. What’s more, immunotherapy will protect your child from developing allergy-induced asthma and other types of allergies.
Has anyone in your family tried immunotherapy? Did it work?
Each day we use Twitter to communicate relevant and timely health and safety information to the parents, medical professionals and other caregivers who follow us. Occasionally we may miss something, but we think overall we’re doing a pretty good job of keeping you informed. But for our friends and colleagues who are not on Twitter (or who are but may have missed something), we offer you a recap of the past week’s top 10 events & stories.
- 5 things we learned about kids’ health being presented this week at a large pediatric conference in Washington http://t.co/jQNeo7uzXe 2013-05-12
- Children who eat the same meals as their parents have healthier diets http://t.co/akwn6AOGDs 2013-05-12
- More Kids are Being Diagnosed With Mental Health Disabilities, Study Finds http://t.co/PGsSBwCkxw 2013-05-12
- The # of NZ kids seriously hurt while riding push scooters has skyrocketed – schools are urged to insist on helmets http://t.co/vHpoxN03el 2013-05-12
- Please consider safety first when bringing children around unknown horses http://t.co/wLOmTUdlkf 2013-05-12
PedSafe Headline of the Week:
Magnesium may be as important to kids’ bone health as calcium http://t.co/Ea5rKnE1Ov
- It’s That Time of Year: Safe Mama’s 2013 Sunscreen Cheat Sheet! http://t.co/zd4zkI4vz5 2013-05-10
- The Air Force Medical Service is now registering children in its web-based secure messaging health application http://t.co/1gfbep7hm7 2013-05-10
- Do toddlers really need to floss their teeth? http://t.co/OuZRsJhy8u 2013-05-10
- Many kids at risk for suicide have access to guns at home – National Children’s Health http://t.co/h5KMAhLzlE http://t.co/qdCIfJg0RG 2013-05-08
- According to family dentist Dr Williams: Don’t Pull Your Hair Out Over Brushing Your Kids’ Teeth: http://t.co/z4atIr2mg9 2013-05-06
Today I taught my nearly nine year-old daughter how to make herself some instant Cinnamon Swirl oatmeal. It’s a simple enough task, but for a special need child who was never supposed to walk or talk it is a big deal on many levels. Just think about the many skills involved with the preparation:
- Shaking the packet without dropping it
- Tearing the paper and keeping everything inside
- Pouring the contents into the bowl and avoiding getting any on the counter
- Adding a measured amount of water to the bowl (and only the bowl)
- Stirring the oatmeal and water together with a spoon
- Carrying the breakable ceramic bowl to the microwave while keeping the bowl level
- Opening the microwave door
- Setting the bowl into the microwave
- Shutting the microwave door
- Pressing the “1” button
- Opening the microwave door
- Gingerly taking the hot bowl out of the microwave
- Shutting the door
Sure, for most of us this entire sequence would take less than half the minute it takes for it to cook, but a year ago my daughter wouldn’t have been able to do this.
Most importantly, a year ago she wouldn’t have wanted to do any of this for herself. She was perfectly content to have me run back and forth in a callback to my former waitressing days. Doing this for herself signifies a step towards independence. To me, this means that maybe one day she will be able to live on her own without starving to death. So what if she can’t quite spell perfectly, she can now make instant oatmeal. It’s the small victories that remind me of her quiet, determined march forward – which is not always so quiet and is usually less marching and more kicking and screaming.
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Your 1-year-old may seem a little young for flossing, but cavities don’t know how old teeth are! Teeth can get cavities as soon as they erupt into the mouth. If your toddler’s teeth are touching one another, food and plaque can get stuck between them, and cavities can form.
The importance of flossing is one of the reasons that the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends taking your child for his first dental appointment at age 1. At this visit, the dentist can help determine if your child’s teeth are ready to be flossed, and she’ll show you how to properly brush and floss them. (This will be your job for a long time; most children aren’t ready to brush and floss on their own until they are 8 or 10 years old.)
Nighttime brushing and flossing are the most important, so make sure you do it every night before bed. And remember: Nothing to eat or drink except plain water after you’re finished!