During your baby’s first year, you were probably told to steer clear of putting anything soft and fluffy in his crib — and for good reason. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of death for infants between the ages of 1 and 12 months from soft objects and loose bedding in their cribs. Any clutter at all is generally considered a hazard when it’s in a baby’s crib.
For children under 18 months, a pillow can easily block their nose and mouth, causing suffocation. But once your child is over 18 months old, at around the time he can safely be moved into a toddler bed, you can also start to safely introduce pillows into his sleep routine. He’ll have a favorite in no time!
Until your child is over 18 months, it’s best to keep all blankets, pillows, toys, and comforters out of his sleeping area and away from his reach.
Editor’s Note: Just a reminder - since every child’s needs are different it’s always a good idea to check with your child’s pediatrician before making significant changes to his or her environment.
Once a month, AMC Entertainment (AMC) and the Autism Society have teamed up to bring families affected by autism and with other special needs ”Sensory Friendly Movie Screenings“ – a wonderful opportunity to enjoy their favorite “family-friendly” films in a safe and accepting environment.
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”.
On Saturday October 5th at 10am local time, Frozen – 2D will be screened as part of the Autism Society “Sensory Friendly Movie Screenings” program. 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 list, please scroll to the bottom of the page).
Check back for information on the January Sensory Friendly Film Screening – we will post it as soon as it becomes available
Editor’s note: Although Frozen – 2D has been chosen by the Autism Society as this month’s Sensory Friendly screening, we do want parents to know that it is rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America for some action and mild, rude humor. As always, please check the IMDB Parent’s Guide for a more detailed description of this film to determine if it is right for you and your child.Pin It
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 20 events & stories.
- 6 ways daycare is healthy for kids – and moms too http://t.co/8ifkqNqjet 2013-12-01
- Tips to teach gratitude and empathy in kids – important skills to learn even if brain development makes it hard. http://t.co/9NSeiSgjZ3 2013-12-01
- E-Venge: Selfies, Revenge Porn, Teens and Cyberbullying | Sue Scheff http://t.co/kN0F6Cp46X GREAT post Sue! 2013-11-29
- What does a safe online experience mean for your child? http://t.co/imld7tudEQ 2013-11-29
- 6 Reasons Why Bystanders Choose Not to Intervene to Stop Bullying http://t.co/ZC631uSTLq 2013-11-29
PedSafe Headline of the Week:
Help with gift-buying for special needs kids is now available via the Toys R Us
“Differently-abled Kids Gift Guide” http://t.co/M0A7RZVjlK
- How to Set Up PlayStation 4 Parental Controls : Yoursphere for Parents http://t.co/D2WZ3Kpyuk 2013-11-29
- Give the Gift of Digital Presence | A Platform for Good http://t.co/m3Xyavvps1 2013-11-28
- Gifts to help special needs kids play their way to a healthier brain http://t.co/JrXfX7NIFH 2013-11-28
- Safety Commission Recalls Baby Monitors – http://t.co/pQt0k7g0hx 2013-11-28
- When having a dilemma with your child, consult ‘The Doctor’ – an interesting approach http://t.co/rkLSsZt7Be 2013-11-28
- The Key to Boosting Your Child’s Health and IQ: Your Time | Dr. Gail Gross http://t.co/A2TaoCyLX9 2013-11-28
- Kids Hospitalized for Flu Need Antiviral Meds Right Away: New Study http://t.co/32e2AQThWI 2013-11-28
- Experts optimistic about Affordable Care’s benefits for children and young adults – http://t.co/r78sdY4xWq 2013-11-27
- Proton therapy is a cost-effective treatment for pediatric brain tumor patients – The Almagest http://t.co/NZESOlj9s7 2013-11-27
- UTMB researchers find ear infections down, thanks to vaccine | Science Codex http://t.co/LB5PgChral 2013-11-27
- China Pushing Child Safety Seats to Reduce Accident Toll in Cars – Bloomberg http://t.co/UIVnKc7P97 2013-11-27
- Screening children for mental health issues may not guarantee care – The Boston Globe http://t.co/DFzsb3J0hF 2013-11-27
- Quick Feel-Good Cold Remedies for Kids http://t.co/TGEljnmIOf 2013-11-27
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 35 events & stories.
- Cold Cyberbullying: When Teens Have No Remorse http://t.co/bQhv9FdZZz 2013-11-24
- Digital Gratitude: Kindness in Technology http://t.co/rnM4lzHwwU 2013-11-24
- The latest mobile cyberbullying tactic of teens: Text Bombing http://t.co/VxxNqsuaT8 what is it and how is it being used? 2013-11-24
- Help for coughs, colds, and sore throats http://t.co/VMgcMNH1vD 2013-11-24
- Mother’s Exercise May Boost Baby’s Brain – http://t.co/ZYUZutDFZW 2013-11-24
PedSafe Headline of the Week:
- Healthy Trips to Exotic Places – http://t.co/rjiZKefRXA 2013-11-24
- Keeping children safe in the car http://t.co/8hIWMKeTau 2013-11-24
- Preoperative blood typing may not be needed for some pediatric surgeries – http://t.co/YuivFaBgJJ 2013-11-24
- Minority parents fear for kids online http://t.co/s2MEAvStTK 2013-11-23
- U.S. to propose side-impact crash test to protect children http://t.co/HSNmVEarRC 2013-11-23
- Health Tip: Is Your Child Overloaded? http://t.co/QI4KitB4pC 2013-11-23
- 10 Kidpower Safety Tips for Parents of Young Children http://t.co/5ftV405Oyd 2013-11-22
- Raising a grateful child – http://t.co/hXypAdoJsn 2013-11-21
- Keeping Children Safe Critical in Aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan – http://t.co/b6ZuCFfnAC 2013-11-21
- HPV shots help give your kids a healthier future http://t.co/F3Eacvhlvx 2013-11-21
- Children worldwide take one and a half minutes longer to run a mile than their parents at their age - http://t.co/DUiyRpGfXA 2013-11-21
- Whooping cough outbreak linked to vaccine refusal – http://t.co/uH8gIPWv6W 2013-11-21
- How the Affordable Care Act “Obamacare” Impacts Family and Children’s Health – Good overview of benefits for kids – http://t.co/BaBuWccrlM 2013-11-20
- American Academy of Pediatrics Advises Physicians to Use Antibiotics Judiciously http://t.co/EaHkoYWKQF 2013-11-20
- National Pediatric Research Network Act Headed to President’s Desk for Signing – http://t.co/CTO2uN57Ji 2013-11-20
- Is Social Media Making Your Kids Less Smart? http://t.co/KJx3vSuuLo 2013-11-20
- Child abuse images to be wiped from web – http://t.co/fojbT5R0Ye 2013-11-19
- More Booster Seats Grab Top Safety Ratings – http://t.co/jch7AFwmtS 2013-11-19
PedSafe Headline of the Week #2:
- Farm kid safety about education, not regulations http://t.co/q7TtNietJR 2013-11-19
- Why is over prescribing antibiotics a problem? http://t.co/uVZkdIbfK7 2013-11-19
- TMJ – a jaw disorder that can affect kids – can be prevented and treated. Learn the signs and what you can do. http://t.co/UOsa0WaGZX 2013-11-19
- Call for bold changes on children’s health issues in NZ – http://t.co/5xDhso5Uxx 2013-11-19
- Study: Socioeconomic Status Can Affect Hearing – http://t.co/WG8fc7tv5B 2013-11-19
- 5 tips to keep kids safe and warm in the cold and snow – http://t.co/v1bzFxprrI 2013-11-18
- Children’s mental-health issues need greater exposure – linking mental health with total wellness gets more of those in need 2013-11-18
- US Public says childhood cancer should be top children’s health research priority – http://t.co/WWl7tJGuqq 2013-11-18
- Childhood Cancer Tied to Heart Risks – http://t.co/MAIZuBRK4k 2013-11-18
- CDC reports U.S. flu activity rising in the south, 2 flu-related pediatric deaths – http://t.co/LjfO3Xcp41 2013-11-18
Every year Toys R Us puts out a gift guide for special needs kids featuring a celebrity on the cover, safe play tips and other information from experts, and gorgeous photos of children playing happily. This year Gabby Douglas, 2012 gold medalist is on the cover and on the pages inside. Gabby is now working with Special Olympics to inspire young athletes.
The guide is divided many different ways; by gender, age groups, brand and also into categories including Auditory, Creativity, Fine Motor, Gross Motor, Social Skills, Tactile, Language and more. This can be very helpful for relatives who don’t know the lingo that special needs parents and caregivers use daily.
One nice thing about the guide is that the toys are not specifically therapy toys – they are the same toys kids are seeing on the holiday commercials, and the same toys their typically developing peers will be getting as gifts. They are the same toys kids will see at playdates, literally giving kids a level playing field.
Another added perk is that the site allows parents to set up a wish list. If your child’s teacher or therapist recommends an item, friends and family living far away can order it online and have it delivered to your child.
You can pick up a hard copy of the guide at any toys R Us store, or view the clickable online version.
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