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Child Health & Safety News 9/24: France’s School Smartphone Ban

Last updated on October 14th, 2018 at 08:24 pm

twitter thumbIn this week’s Child Health News: It’s Absolutely Not Safe To Let Your Baby Sleep In A Car Seat After the Ride is Over– Here’s Why bit.ly/2pmJVaX

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.

  • International medical graduates embrace care of underserved U.S. kids bit.ly/2OKNliI 2018-9-23
  • How household cleaners could be impacting your child’s health bit.ly/2xDUkTc 2018-9-23
  • Trump admin moves $260M from cancer research, HIV/AIDS programs to cover custody of immigrant children costs cnn.it/2poX2Iv  2018-9-22
  • 10 things a pediatric oncologist wants you to know bit.ly/2PV0iqt 2018-9-21
  • 7 Ways to Curb Obnoxious Behavior Fast bit.ly/2prT6qu 2018-9-21

PedSafe Child Health & Safety News Headline of the Week
France Bans Smartphones in Schools Through 9th Grade. Will It Help Students? nyti.ms/2xFg6WO

  • Safe Kids 2018 Ultimate Car Seat Guide bit.ly/2xGXOqn  2018-9-21
  • Stop, Look & Paws: Fantastic New Innovation That Teaches Kids How to Be Safe Around Dogs bit.ly/2O0zTKl 2018-9-21
  • Excess Weight Gain or Loss During Pregnancy Tied to Child’s Heart Health – The New York Times ow.ly/wrA830lUv0a  2018-9-21
  • ‘Clear and present danger to child’: Pediatricians urge parents not to buy baby walkers on.today.com/2QKuiGt 2018-9-20
  • 5 Things Not to Say to Your Tween Daughter – Thurs Time Capsule – 09/11 bit.ly/2plSTF5 2018-9-20
  • The New, Improved World of Infant Care on.wsj.com/2pgZAsc high tech advances that are helping to avoid a range of illnesses by early detection and prevention 2018-9-18
  • New Guidance for Pediatricians for Care of Transgender Children, Teenagers wb.md/2xuWvbQ 2018-9-18
  • Few teens with chronic health problems have plans to take charge of their own care and transition to seeing doctors who treat adults https://reut.rs/2xM2IA5 2018-9-18
  • New Pediatric Online Community for Parents of Children with Kidney Disease https://prn.to/2O407fb  2018-9-17
  • How to Make Back to School Feel Safe? a Pediatrician Perspective bit.ly/2p8oYA6 2018-9-17
  • Reward Systems Can Motivate Kids to Change These Behaviors Fast bit.ly/2D2KFeR 2018-9-17

Child Health & Safety News 9/17: 8 Easy-To-Miss Car Seat Hazards

Last updated on July 3rd, 2020 at 03:07 pm

twitter thumbIn this week’s Child Health News: Horrific New Playground ‘Stunt’  – Roundabout of Death – Left 11 Year Old Boy with Serious Head Injuries bit.ly/2Mx4IS3 

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.

  • The Art and Science of Raising a Sensitive Boy (Without Crushing his Spirit) bit.ly/2pbcPuv 2018-9-16
  • This One Trick Can Save Parents $2,000 a Year On Day Care bit.ly/2D0BhbI parents – check on Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (DCFSA)2018-9-16
  • Virtual reality app could lessen anxiety for pediatric patients during MRI bit.ly/2CYpfzG 2018-9-16
  • Parents, take note: Kids, teen, college student mental health problems on the rise abcn.ws/2D0nr9d 2018-9-15
  • Brief psychotherapy benefits women caring for children with severe health issues bit.ly/2CZRsWG 2018-9-15

PedSafe Child Health & Safety News Headline of the Week
8 Easy-To-Miss Car Seat Hazards That a Child Safety Tech Wants You to Be Aware Of and Keep In Mind http://bit.ly/2pi3RM4 

  • This Girl Was Hospitalized After Getting Her Ears Pierced, & Parents Are Freaked bit.ly/2pd0plz 2018-9-15
  • When Parents Are In Jail, Their Kids’ Health Suffers bit.ly/2NJRCFT here’s a pilot program to change that 2018-9-15
  • How To Teach Kids Storytelling To Improve Their Friendships bit.ly/2xcJmnv 2018-9-14
  • The Problem With Parents and Social Media bit.ly/2x2dEKr 2018-9-13
  • But Mom, what if it’s not just a sprain? Thurs Time Capsule 09/11 bit.ly/2N7B1Mv 2018-9-13
  • There’s A Reason Babies Stop Crying When You Stand Up bit.ly/2x6TJt6 there is a science behind this 2018-9-12
  • How To Prepare When You Are Expecting Healthy Twins bit.ly/2OdOZJd 2018-9-12
  • EMS Providers Recall 9/11 bit.ly/2CNaXlj A day of remembrance and gratitude. We honor those who bravely gave their lives coming to rescue all who had fallen. 2018-9-11
  • Do your children know what you do? Eat dinner together and tell them. bit.ly/2xb6naz 2018-9-11
  • Parenting Tips for Raising Happy, Healthy Preschoolers bit.ly/2x1O2gB 2018-9-11
  • American Academy of Pediatrics: Children 6 years and older should have at least 60 minutes of physical activity per day. Active play is the best exercise for younger children. Learn more here: ow.ly/4ic430lJpkC 2018-9-10
  • Social Media, Social Life: Teens Reveal Their Experiences (2018) | Common Sense Media bit.ly/2wZF6sa 2018-9-10
  • The nation’s ‘first safety-demonstration home’ will break ground in KC http://bit.ly/2pgGket 2018-9-10
  • How to Keep Kids From Getting Bit Helping with Dog Training bit.ly/2QfMYOq 2018-9-10

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

Last updated on July 3rd, 2020 at 03:07 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 July 3rd, 2020 at 03:07 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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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