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Child Health & Safety News 9/10: New AAP Child Seat Guidelines

Last updated on September 27th, 2018 at 02:09 pm

twitter thumbIn this week’s Child Health News: New study recommends against brain scans for kids with concussion http://bit.ly/2N3ZtP4 

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.

  • Here’s How Many Immigrant Kids Are Still Separated From Their Parents bit.ly/2wY5lz3 2018-9-09
  • A teen who spent his free time speaking out against gun violence was shot and killed in Chicago cnn.it/2wY5dj3 2018-9-09
  • AAP Raises Concerns That Food Colors May Damage Children’s Health bit.ly/2wUhB32 2018-9-09
  • Children’s Health: Backpack Safety bit.ly/2wRRtXa 2018-9-09
  • How to Keep Your Kids Safe on the Playground bit.ly/2MafFJa  2018-9-08

PedSafe Child Health & Safety News Headline of the Week
What You Need to Know About the New American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Child Seat Guidelines   bit.ly/2wDPDIJ

  • We Must Stop Destroying our Children – Children’s Defense Fund bit.ly/2CwsUEs 2018-9-08
  • Strategies Parents Can Use for Handling Out-of-Control Kids bit.ly/2wUkBx7  2018-9-08
  • Health Matters: What to do when your child bullies other kids nbcnews.to/2wVoGkq 2018-9-08
  • 3 Tips to Raise a Drug-Free Child bit.ly/2wPNaLi 2018-9-07
  • How Can My Allergic Kid Join In When It’s All About the Food bit.ly/2wPvS0F 2018-9-07
  • How to Talk to Your Kids About…Strangers: Thurs Time Capsule 08/12 – bit.ly/2M18vXL  2018-9-06
  • Four million UK children too poor to have a healthy diet, study finds bit.ly/2wL2LLY 2018-9-06
  • Advocacy Group Urges Testing Water for Lead at Child-Care Centers bit.ly/2MPEcs1 Despite the health risks, only 7 states and New York City require licensed child-care facilities to conduct testing for lead in drinking water 2018-9-05
  • What being held at the Mexican border is really like bit.ly/2CrBcNI a doctor describes visiting the South Texas Family Residential Center 2018-9-05
  • Should Special Kids Take Standardized Tests? Intelligent Lives bit.ly/2Ni4suO 2018-9-05
  • Google using AI to help organizations detect and report child sexual abuse material online bit.ly/2wCDVi3 2018-9-04
  • Homelessness Takes Toll on Kids’ Health Even Before They’re Born http://bit.ly/2N77mDu  2018-9-03
  • Growth in first 3 years of life affects respiratory health in children bit.ly/2wAbJfU excessive weight gain in the first years of life can be associated with lower lung function and a higher risk of childhood asthma 2018-9-03
  • Children may care about their reputations earlier than thought: Study abcn.ws/2wrKW5p 2018-9-03

Child Health & Safety News 9/3: Preschool Anxiety-Busting Books

Last updated on September 16th, 2018 at 02:57 pm

twitter thumbIn this week’s Child Safety News: Calls for action over the UK’s ‘intolerable’ child mental health crisis: >100k kids age 14 are self-harming with 22% of girls affected bit.ly/2LMiGza

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 25 events & stories.

  • 10 Parenting Strategies That Help Kids Become Mentally Strong bit.ly/2LPAZ6w 2018-9-02
  • 12-year-old charged with attempted murder after bringing gun into Eldridge junior high bit.ly/2LPW54V 2018-9-02
  • What to do when your child is being bullied nbcnews.to/2MJO4U8 how to recognize and respond 2018-9-02
  • What if guns were regulated like cars? To increase child safety, AAP president calls for public health approach trib.in/2PoKJH9 2018-9-02
  • Over 600,000 Children Suffer Acute Malnutrition: UNICEF bit.ly/2N4C27m 2018-9-01
  • Back to school health: what school nurses want parents to know on.rocne.ws/2NDnHf2 2018-9-01
  • Opioid Ingestion in Kids: The Huge Increase in ICU Admissions wb.md/2LMykdI 2018-9-01
  • Teach Your Child How to Not Get Caught by a Catfish bit.ly/2oiwdVO 2018-8-31
  • Kids are so over-scheduled that doctors are being told to prescribe play bit.ly/2oqedJn 2018-8-31
  • Our latest issue of Kids Who Care Newsletter “Having Each Other’s Backs is out now! getrevue.co/profile/pediat… (via @revue) 2018-8-31

PedSafe Child Health & Safety News Headline of the Week
Get Your Child Ready for Preschool With These Anxiety Reducing Books bit.ly/2Nrkijy 

  • Tips for Parenting an Introvert bit.ly/2C7Nxa2 2018-8-30
  • Research-Backed Benefits of Being an “Older” Mom bit.ly/2LzVdkH 2018-8-30
  • The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends to avoid carrying your phone against the body like in a pocket, sock, or bra. 2018-8-30
  • Trauma Sensitive schools create environments that promote resilience for all students by addressing the impacts of Child Trauma. Take a look at @SSLearn’s Trauma-Sensitive Schools training package for school & district leaders. 2018-8-30
  • First Aid Basics Every Parent Should Know – Thurs Time Capsule 08/2011 bit.ly/2ww3lNI 2018-8-30
  • Sadly we live in a world where the simple task of walking to school can be unsafe. Here are some resources and tips for you to pass on to your kids – including those who are off to college. bit.ly/2NpPyPZ…/tips-for-arriving-to-school-safe…/ bit.ly/2whc9Yk 2018-8-29
  • 9-Year-Old Boy Killed Himself After Being Tormented by Bullies, His Mom Says nyti.ms/2BZ0Edl 2018-8-29
  • School Bus Stop Arms Are Being Ignored: How to Fix That bit.ly/2PekRNU 2018-8-29
  • Sleepover safety tips your kid should know bit.ly/2NqJ9DY 2018-8-28
  • Maternal depression can impact baby’s physical and mental health bit.ly/2wdafYW 2018-8-28
  • 8 Unforgettable Things We Did As Kids That Would Not Fly Today bit.ly/2MTNAtT 2018-8-27
  • Health Tips – from the American Academy of Pediatrics: When Small Children Play Near Water bit.ly/2ocmuAl  2018-8-27
  • 5 obstacles parents commonly face in child obesity treatment and how to overcome them bit.ly/2NgiLfT 2018-8-27
  • Arkansas Children’s Hospital to Acquire TRIUX™ neo for Functional Brain Imaging prn.to/2ocaZZO 2018-8-27
  • When Should Kids Get Their First Orthodontic Evaluation? bit.ly/2MQVoN5 2018-8-27

What You Need to Know About the New AAP Child Seat Guidelines

Last updated on September 16th, 2018 at 02:58 pm

The American Academy of Pediatrics has dropped the age milestone that children should remain rear-facing until age 2, and replaced it with the new recommendation that children should remain in a rear-facing car safety seat as long as possible, until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their seat.  

The past decade has seen an incredible dramatic evolution in improvements to child passenger safety.  Never-the-less, motor vehicle crashes continue to be the leading cause of death for children ages 4 and older.

baby in rear facing car seatAccording to Dr. Benjamin Hoffman, MD, FAAP, lead author of the policy statement and chair of the AAP Council on injury, Violence and Poison Prevention, “Car seats are awesome at protecting children in a crash, and they are the reason deaths and injuries to children in motor vehicles have decreased”. However, according to the AAP, what many parents don’t realize is that each transition – from rear-facing to forward-facing, from forward-facing to booster seat, and from booster seat to seat belt alone – reduces the protection to the child.

Using the right car safety seat or booster seat, says Dr Hoffman, lowers the risk of death or serious injury by more than 70 percent.

When a child rides rear-facing, the head, neck, and spine are all supported by the hard shell of the car safety seat, allowing the car seat to absorb most of the crash forces, and protecting the most vulnerable parts of the body. When children ride forward-facing, their bodies are restrained by the harness straps, but their heads – which for toddlers are disproportionately large and heavy – are thrown forward, possibly resulting in spine and head injuries.

According to Dr. Hoffman: “if you have a choice, keeping your child rear-facing as long as possible is the best way to keep them safe.”

Here is what the American Academy of Pediatrics is recommending:

  1. Infants and toddlers should ride in a rear-facing car safety seat as long as possible, until they reach the highest weight or height allowed by their seat. Most convertible seats have limits that will allow children to ride rear-facing for 2 years or more.
  2. Once they are facing forward, children should use a forward-facing car safety seat with a harness for as long as possible, until they reach the height and weight limits for their seats through at least 4 years of age. Many seats can accommodate children up to 65 pounds or more.
  3. When children exceed these limits, they should use a belt-positioning booster seat until the vehicle’s lap and shoulder seat belt fits properly. This is often when they have reached at least 4 feet 9 inches in height and are 8 to 12 years old.
  4. When children are old enough and large enough to use the vehicle seat belt alone, they should always use lap and shoulder seat belts for optimal protection.
  5. All children younger than 13 years should be restrained in the rear seats of vehicles for optimal protection.

One of the most important things a parent or caregiver should do is to read the manufacturer’s manual and labels for that particular car seat to find the correct weight and height limits. When a child is approaching one of those limits, it is time to think about transitioning to the next stage.

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Teach Your Child How to Not Get Caught by a Catfish

Last updated on September 16th, 2018 at 02:58 pm

At any given moment, there are thousands of predators online, looking for people to exploit.  Children are often the target, but not always.

To realize just how easy it can be to create a fake, but realistic-looking online profile, consider the case of former Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o.  He thought that he was in a relationship with a woman named “Lennay Kekau”, only to find out that it was an elaborate rouse. Law enforcement suspects that Te’o was not the only person to fall into this trap.

The very nature of social media often encourages the idea of anonymity.  Very few people, beyond celebrities or politicians, bother to get themselves verified by social media platforms.  The general public rarely bothers, even it is available. At the current time, Facebook does not even offer this feature.

Many social media platforms, such as Omegle and Whisper, don’t offer users a profile, much less a profile picture.  They embrace the idea of anonymity. Anyone can claim to be whomever they choose online, simply by stealing an image online and putting it on their account.  Kik has taken to occasionally having people prove that there is at least a real person using their service to avoid automated accounts, known as “bots” from becoming too common.

Legally, in the U.S., at least, a person can be punished for impersonating another person online.  Assuming they’re caught, which is pretty difficult to do.

However, there is no law prohibiting a person from pretending to be related to someone else.  That means that a predator or jokester can claim to be someone’s aunt/uncle, sibling, or any other relative without the threat of reprisal.  This can lead people into accepting friend requests based on the premise of “innocent by association”.

Chris Hansen, who you may know from his television show, To Catch a Predator, is back with a new show, Hansen Vs. Predator.  The original show routinely presented cases where men tried to “hook up” with young girls for sex.  It was canceled in part because an Assistant District Attorney in Texas was caught in the sting and committed suicide when police came to arrest him.  His family then sued NBC, who settled out of court in a wrongful death case.

Hansen used Kickstarter to fund his new show to protect underage users from online predators.  He found that the situation had barely changed since his previous show was taken off the air. If anything, it may have gotten worse, as more kids are using social media than ever before.

The point is that this would not have been a problem if the teens had taken some very simple precautions.  Online predators live in the darkness, like the trolls from fairy tales who live under the bridge in the dark forest.  Being exposed is their worst fear. They will do anything to avoid it!

To avoid being taken in by a catfish who is trying to prank, groom or even kidnap a child, here are some easy things that they can do:

  • Maintain strict privacy settings on all social media accounts.  Otherwise, predators can learn all they need to pretend to be from the same town or even the same school as the child by simply looking at their profile.
  • Look at their list of friends.  Too few or too many are unrealistic.  Pictures with only a few of the same people in them are a potential concern.
  • Does their account have a lot of typos or grammatical errors in it?  This is especially important if the mistakes are in what should be their native language.
  • Look at the groups that they belong to online.  Again, being a member of too many groups, especially with a very wide range of topics, should raise red flags.
  • Look at their posts, tweets, etc.  If there are only minimal posts, that’s a sign of a new account.  Be warned, though, that many predators maintain multiple accounts, posting over a long period of time to divert suspicion from them.
  • Never speak to someone online that you don’t know in real life and provide them with any personal information.
  • Before you accept a friend request or connection, verify the request offline.  It could very easily be someone pretending to be a friend in real life trying to get access to your profile and contact with your friends and family.  Once someone is accepted as a friend, they use this as a way to make other friends online from their victim’s other online friends.
  • If the app allows for it, have them send a very specific picture – one that is not likely to be faked.  For example, ask for a picture of them holding a pencil in their hand while making the Vulcan salute with their face also in the picture.  The likelihood that anyone would have such a picture on their computer already or could make one up on short notice is very slim. If they won’t provide such a picture, there is a good chance that they are a predator, no matter what reason they give for not being able to give you such a picture.
  • Ask them for a video where they answer a question, such as what is their favorite baseball team or the city they want to visit the most.  Again, their face should be in the video.
  • Take a screenshot from their profile and upload it to the reverse image search by Google to see if the image shows up anywhere else.
  • Even without pictures or videos, if the person on the other end is someone the target potentially already knows, ask them a question that ONLY the real person would know, similar to how websites ask security questions for people who have forgotten their passwords.  It’s not as reliable as a video or picture, but it’s a start.

No predator will want to acquiesce to these kinds of requests.  Just be prepared to reciprocate, proving to them that you are who you say you are.  Turnabout’s only fair.

For additional information on grooming by predators, visit:

https://www.internetmatters.org/issues/online-grooming/.

Child Health & Safety News: 8/27: FDA Approves Generic Epi Pen

Last updated on September 16th, 2018 at 02:58 pm

twitter thumbIn this week’s Child Safety News: 11 month old Baby Suffers Stroke After Exposure To Chicken Pox By Unvaccinated Siblings bit.ly/2w4Cw3B 

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.

  • One in ten children in Ireland not using seat belts when travelling in back seat bit.ly/2NgRTwi 2018-8-26
  • FBI encourages ‘Child ID’ safety app heading back to school bit.ly/2BO7Skl The app stores information about your child on your phone – height, weight, eye color, etc. so that it can be quickly transmitted to law enforcement IFF needed.  2018-8-26
  • ATVs kill more children than bicycles: AAP urges families to yield to safety bit.ly/2wdkBYD 2018-8-26
  • Lifestyle of Mothers Plays Important Role in Obesity Risk for Their Children | bit.ly/2waZkPq  2018-8-25
  • ‘Rosie’s Hugs’ brings happiness to kids in emergency rooms bit.ly/2NgvpeS 2018-8-25

PedSafe Child Health & Safety News Headline of the Week
FDA Approves Generic Epi Pen At Last bit.ly/2BTe5vA

  • The American Academy of Pediatrics just published a clinical review with citations on the importance of play for children’s health and brain development. Children need outdoor play, recess and activity throughout the day. bit.ly/2BO35iY 2018-8-25
  • Prevent Blindness focuses on kids’ eye health in August bit.ly/2BMRRv8 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health reported that in the U.S. less than 70% of children receive appropriate eye health services. 2018-8-25
  • Schools are using AI to track what students write on their computers bit.ly/2oebtPf safety vs privacy?? 2018-8-24
  • The Debate on Teens and Social Media: In Perspective bit.ly/2BmiAOL  2018-8-24
  • How Teens and Parents Navigate Screen Time and Device Distractions pewrsr.ch/2LiotMv 54% of U.S. teens say they spend too much time on their cellphones, and two-thirds of parents express concern over their teen’s screen time. 2018-8-22
  • Your Kids Can’t Catch Cystic Fibrosis- What Else You Need to Know bit.ly/2Bmg0Z7  2018-8-22
  • How Should You React When Your Child Makes a Mistake? bit.ly/2OQWvK8 2018-8-21
  • Parkland Students Made a High-Tech T-Shirt That’s Actually Getting People to Register to Vote bit.ly/2MmpA3j a QR code that leads to voter registration is embedded in the design 2018-8-20
  • Why You Need to Stop Giving Energy and Sports Drinks to Kids bit.ly/2MEQanP 2018-8-20
  • The Costs of Motherhood Are Rising, and Catching Women Off Guard nyti.ms/2OO30x9 2018-8-20

Child Health & Safety News 8/20: Traces of Herbicide in Cheerios

Last updated on September 16th, 2018 at 02:59 pm

twitter thumbIn this week’s Child Safety News: Google is Tracking Android and iPhone Users – even with ‘Location History’ Turned Off – here is how to disable this…  bit.ly/2P6jzFF 

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.

  • When healthy children die: Pediatricians are not superhumans bit.ly/2BoCsAP 2018-8-19
  • Report finds ‘worrisome’ levels of lead, arsenic in some baby foods (infant rice cereal & mashed sweet potatoes) if eaten daily bit.ly/2MqO8bC 2018-8-19
  • Parents in prison: The child health crisis no one is talking about http://bit.ly/2BiiK9Q 2018-8-19
  • The Subtle Beauty of Child Development: What is Lost When We Push Too Hard http://bit.ly/2Mk5h6s   2018-8-18
  • At a Glance: 3 Types of Self-Control Issues for Special Needs Kids https://u.org/2vSR8Tx  2018-8-18
  • Back to School: Tips to keep your child healthy this school year https://at.wftv.com/2MW0ft4 2018-8-18

PedSafe Child Health & Safety News Headline of the Week
Report Finds Traces of a Controversial Herbicide in Cheerios and Quaker Oats
Glyphosate declared probably carcinogen by WHO in 2015
https://nyti.ms/2BoDYTC

  • New integrated child health system goes live in Wales bit.ly/2BjUhRv Every child in Wales will have an active care record…and doctors will be able to access info about their health – past and present 2018-8-17
  • Why it’s important for kids to get a comprehensive eye exam as they head back to school?  bit.ly/2vSZBGB 2018-8-17
  • PetSmart Charities Grant Expands Pet Therapy Program at Children’s National bit.ly/2BhsPE4 More than 9,000 kids expected to benefit. 2018-8-17
  • How To Learn in the Age of Information Overload – Today’s Mama bit.ly/2BflMvx 2018-8-16
  • 76 Percent of Parents Concerned For Children’s Online Safety bit.ly/2Mf85C7 2018-8-16
  • Child development: What to expect at each age bit.ly/2P8KgK2 2018-8-15
  • Can Too Much Tech Cause ADHD Symptoms in Your Child? cle.clinic/2MP4h6y 2018-8-15
  • Here’s why safety is more important than style when choosing a child’s backpack, and here’s what to look for… bit.ly/2vKFPwG 2018-8-15
  • Motorcycle Club delivers toys and smiles to children at two local hospitals bit.ly/2MhEKqA 2018-8-13
  • ADHD Isn’t the Only Reason Kids Are Hyper bit.ly/2MFxeSA 2018-8-14
  • 8 Discipline Techniques That Make Behavior Problems Worse bit.ly/2P7C9gr 2018-8-14
  • Study raises concerns about young Muay Thai fighters and brain injuries. Some fighters are starting as young as 4 years old http://bit.ly/2BkE26G  2018-8-13

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