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Child Health & Safety News 8/14: Finland Program Combats Bullying

twitter thumbIn this week’s Child Health News: Britain is facing health ‘time bomb’ as obese children are hit by Type 2 Diabetes bit.ly/2vY9Nyg

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.

  • Flashing Red. Kids Ahead. promotes bus safety bit.ly/2vvnjsF 2017-08-13
  • This book on child malnutrition will change the way you think about health interventions wapo.st/2vY2y9t  2017-08-13
  • 25 Simple Ways to Help Kids Learn to Make Friends and Collaborate https://t.co/ESvCps5EEr  2017-08-12
  • Breastfeeding is a very different experience in other countries bit.ly/2wE091u Here’s what it’s like around the world 2017-08-12
  • A keen eye on children’s health, environmental risks bit.ly/2hS07zR 2017-08-12

PedSafe Child Health & Safety News Headline of the Week:
Finland found a proven way to combat bullying. Here’s what it’ll take to make it work in the United States  cnn.it/2wGzocN

  • Why Free Play is Important for Your Overscheduled Child vwell.cm/2uuIbNM 2017-08-11
  • Teachers, Want to Help A Child Learn? Encourage Wiggling!zpr.io/PVNL8 2017-08-11
  • How to Avoid Taking Your Stress Out On Your Kids – Thurs Time Capsule 07/11 bit.ly/2eZi0ff 2017-08-10
  • Ex-Atlanta Firefighter Dies Saving Child In Water At Tallulah Gorge bit.ly/2unycJW taking a minute to honor the brave 2017-08-09
  • How to Manage Your Diabetes for a Safer Pregnancyzpr.io/PVtwB 2017-08-09
  • Are moms who don’t breastfeed “bad”? No! bit.ly/2fmSe4D 2017-08-08
  • Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week by Trading Up Your Pump (and Helping Moms in Need) bit.ly/2uhDqH9 2017-08-08
  • How to Help Your Preschooler Develop a Healthy Moral Compass vwell.cm/2vFT0ju 2017-08-07
  • The Emoji Movie is Sensory Friendly, Tomorrow Night at AMCzpr.io/PviHx 2017-08-07
  • For a Great School Year, Bullyproof Your Special Needs Child zpr.io/PviHX 2017-08-07

Child Health & Safety News 8/07: Teen Girl Suicides At 40 Yr High

twitter thumbIn this week’s Child Health News: How to tell if a baby-friendly hospital is right for you bit.ly/2hxcelM

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 20 events & stories.

  • FDOT provides Back to School traffic safety tips bit.ly/2uegwjR 2017-08-06
  • Completing your child’s back-to-school health checklist bit.ly/2uctlLG  2017-08-05
  • Up to 200 breastfeeding mothers to join challenge – BBC News bbc.in/2vACb9B  2017-08-05
  • 8 Steps for Choosing the Right Preschool for Your Child vwell.cm/2fg8tAi 2017-08-05
  • “This Mom Was Shamed After Her Child With ADHD Threw a Tantrum — & It’s Not OK” bit.ly/2vpoUk2 2017-08-04

PedSafe Child Health & Safety News Headline of the Week:
Suicides Among Teen Girls Hit 40-Year High bit.ly/2v4MrpQ
It doesn’t get more real than this…

  • Science Says Sugar During Pregnancy Could Be Linked To Child’s Allergies bit.ly/2vlIqOl while not proved, indicates likelihood 2017-08-04
  • August is kids eat right month and according to the CDC, childhood obesity has tripled since the 70’s on9news.tv/2uPXTp6 2017-08-03
  • The Sarahah App Is Dangerous for Students bit.ly/2vhOUO1 One more app enabling anonymous cyberbullying & hate speech 2017-08-03
  • How Kids can Learn to Resist Temptation…and Why They Need to – Thurs Time Capsule 06/11 bit.ly/Ox9Mkg 2017-08-03
  • The Surprising Effect Motherhood Has on Self-Esteem bit.ly/2tRW3kS 2017-08-02
  • 8 Tips to Help Overcome Your Child’s Behaviour Problems zpr.io/PvqSZ 2017-08-02
  • Which Recaro Baby Car Seats Are Being Recalled & Replaced? It’s For A Chilling Reason bit.ly/2tUYXt6 2017-08-01
  • Hundreds of libraries serve federally funded lunches so school kids don’t go hungry during the summer nyti.ms/2tRLWwt 2017-08-01
  • Variation in Management for Infants With GERD bit.ly/2vcCTJI 2017-07-31
  • The Forgotten: Children of Narcissistic Parents bit.ly/2vcl2CV the results: narcissistic personality disorder 2017-07-31
  • How to Recognize If Your Child Has An Airway Problem zpr.io/P4cRm 2017-07-31

For a Great School Year, Bullyproof Your Special Needs Child

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 sure you pay attention to little details. Ask questions to get more information. If your child is nonverbal, see how they react when you mention a specific class or student and take note of patterns.

WATCH
On the playground, at drop-off and pickup, observe carefully. Is there someone your child avoids? Are the kids congregating around someone or something? Are there cameras in the classroom or on the bus? Will the school or facility allow you to put a recording device on your child? If your child is on social media, check the accounts regularly.

INTERACT
Get the input of teachers, coaches and caregivers. If your child misbehaves whenever they are seated near a certain student, this may be an indication that your child is under stress. It could also be an indication that they are best buds.

Very young children are naturally curious and may stare or ask about any differences, but that is not bullying. As an overprotective parent it is easy to overreact, but use these moments to educate the child about differences and similarities – like how both kids love Minecraft or My Little Pony.

Bullying and harassment are never okay, and the law has specific requirements for handling it in a school setting. Every child deserves to feel safe. For more tips on keeping your child with special needs safe from bullying, check out this tip sheet from stopbullying.gov.

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Getting Additional Support – If a school district does not take reasonable, appropriate steps to end the bullying or harassment of a child with special needs, the district may be breaking the law.  Here are some contacts for you to reach out to, from stopbullying.gov

The Emoji Movie is Sensory Friendly, Tomorrow Night at AMC

AMC Entertainment (AMC) has expanded their Sensory Friendly Films program in partnership with the Autism Society. This Tuesday evening, families affected by autism or other special needs have the opportunity to view a sensory friendly screening off The Emoji Movie, a film that may appeal to older audiences on the autism spectrum.

As always, the movie auditoriums will have their lights turned up and the sound turned down. Families will be able to bring in snacks to match their child’s dietary needs (i.e. gluten-free, casein-free, etc.), there are no advertisements or previews before the movie and it’s totally acceptable to get up and dance, walk, shout, talk to each other…and even sing – in other words, AMC’s “Silence is Golden®” policy will not be enforced during movie screenings unless the safety of the audience is questioned.

Does it make a difference? Absolutely! Imagine …no need to shhhhh your child. No angry stares from other movie goers. Many parents think twice before bringing a child to a movie theater. Add to that your child’s special needs and it can easily become cause for parental panic. But on this one day a month, for this one screening, everyone is there to relax and have a good time, everyone expects to be surrounded by kids – with and without special needs – and the movie theater policy becomes “Tolerance is Golden“.

AMC and the Autism Society will be showing The Emoji Movie, sensory friendly tomorrow, Tuesday, August 8th at 7pm (local time). Tickets are $4 to $6 depending on the location. To find a theatre near you, here is a list of AMC theatres nationwide participating in this fabulous program (note: to access full list, please scroll to the bottom of the page).

Later In Aug:  The Hitman’s Bodyguard (Tues, 8/22); The Nut Job 2: Nutty By Nature (Tues, 8/26);

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Editor’s note: Although The Emoji Movie has been chosen by AMC and the Autism Society for a Tuesday Sensory Friendly screening, we do want parents to know that it is rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America for rude humor.  As always, please check the IMDB Parents Guide for a more detailed description of this film to determine if it is right for you and your family.

Child Health & Safety News 7/31: Google Parental Control Has Flaw

twitter thumbIn this week’s Child Health News: Concussion – you just can’t shake it off: soccer as well as football poses a threat to kids  bit.ly/2vcHnjz 

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 20 events & stories.

  • We Want Our Kids to be Kind…but How? bit.ly/2uKj2B0 6 weeks of kindness activities by the Kindness Elves & the Thoughtful Parent  2017-07-30
  • Losing a child­ ­is a parent’s worst nightmare bit.ly/2tP8vS4Sands – stillbirth & neonatal death support group opens in Sydney AUS  2017-07-30
  • Democratic Republic of Congo: Over one million children vaccinated against measles bit.ly/2vafyZ6  2017-07-30
  • States Explore Trauma Screening in the Child Welfare System bit.ly/2tTbA7W Initiatives find high rates of trauma exposure  2017-07-30
  • Happy Birthday Medicaid, From The Millions Who Love And Need You bit.ly/2tNBUMG …the President of the Children’s Defense Fund  2017-07-29
  • Are There Different Types of Bullying? vwell.cm/2e4gSAZ  Excellent article about the types of bullying AND types of bullies 2017-07-29

PedSafe Child Health & Safety News Headline of the Week:
Google’s New Parental Control App Has a Flaw: Puberty nyti.ms/2h6FbEW
a child can lift restrictions themselves when they turn 13

  • Mayor to sign bill that makes looking at devices in crosswalks illegal bit.ly/2uAlmut 2017-07-28
  • Why You Need To Shut The TV When Your Toddler’s Playing zpr.io/P4uFQ 2017-07-28
  • How to Discipline Toddlers Without Yelling or Corporal Punishment using “gentle discipline” vwell.cm/2tMNUly 2017-07-27
  • Is Your Family Sleep Deprived? – Thurs Time Capsule 07/11 bit.ly/2sERauB 2017-07-27
  • Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult Care: How to Prepare bit.ly/2uyfTUO 2017-07-27
  • Signs of Executive Functioning Issues at Different Ages u.org/2uv5IjX 2017-07-26
  • Video: How Do I Explain Death to My Young Child zpr.io/P4ZyY 2017-07-26
  • 10 Tips to Make Your Relationship With Your Child Stronger vwell.cm/2gXBDEK 2017-07-25
  • Cancun Hospital refused to release premature baby until bill was paid bit.ly/2tqadZW 2017-07-24
  • War for the Planet of the Apes is Sensory Friendly, Tuesday at AMC zpr.io/PcQNF 2017-07-24
  • A Pediatrician’s Unique Perspective on Dads and Babies zpr.io/PcQ7q 2017-07-24

Child Health & Safety News 7/24: Reversed Brain Damage in Toddler

twitter thumbIn this week’s Child Safety News: Parent Guide to Teens, Social Media Secrets and Smartphone Addiction bit.ly/2uKIY0t

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.

  • Whitley County EMS creates an ambulance celebrating autism awareness – handprints were created by autistic kids bit.ly/2tBh47l  2017-07-23
  • President Uhuru signs Kenya school bus safety Bill – includes safety belts on buses bit.ly/2uLZgFD  2017-07-23
  • 3 Signs of Stress in Toddlers and How You Can Help vwell.cm/2uiiAbf  2017-07-22
  • N.H. boy, 6, believed to be state’s youngest suspected overdose case bit.ly/2tvLgkc   2017-07-21
  • First double hand transplant involving a child declared a success bit.ly/2uggjh0 2017-07-21

PedSafe Child Health & Safety News Headline of the Week:
Scientists have reversed brain damage in a U.S. toddler who drowned in her family swimming pool  bit.ly/2ugbsOr

  • Saturday, Spider-Man: Homecoming is Sensory Friendly at AMC zpr.io/PcFDB 2017-07-21
  • How To Have a Conversation With Your Teenager zpr.io/PcFDV 2017-07-21
  • Why spanking isn’t an effective consequence… vwell.cm/2uDVuhJ 2017-07-20
  • At What Age Are They “Old Enough” to Swim Unsupervised? – Thurs Time Capsule 04/11 bit.ly/2uGqnQj 2017-07-20
  • The 17 Skills Your Child Needs Before Starting Kindergarten Now vwell.cm/2u4Un8d 2017-07-19
  • Trampolines & Jump Centers: Fun but Risky, Parents Beware zpr.io/PcxZr 2017-07-19
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  • New program through Children’s Hospital connects first responders to child’s needs before an emergency 🙂 bit.ly/2uCywZ5 2017-07-18
  • Help available for kids coping with parents’ addiction to opioids bit.ly/2uCYHis 2017-07-18
  • How Outdoor Activities Reduce Family Stress bit.ly/OutdoorActivies 2017-07-17
  • Happy Birthday Pediatric Safety! 8 Years is Only The Beginning… zpr.io/PcHAp 2017-07-17

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