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welcomeThey say it takes a village to raise a child. It’s doubly so when a child’s health and well-being is concerned. Welcome to our “village” where you can hear from our team of experts their thoughts on current and ongoing child health and safety issues as well as share stories in areas like how you’re handling a particular child health-related challenge or the ups-and-downs we face every day trying to keep kids safe. Our Pedsafe Forum is there for you anytime to ask questions and exchange ideas.

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Help with Holiday Hurdles for Special Needs Kids

Help with Holiday Hurdles for Special Needs Kids

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Holiday Traditions Special needs parents and caregivers come up against the spectre of expectations on a daily basis, but the holidays can bring up even more challenges. You may have your ideal holiday all planned out in your mind, or be burdened with visions of holidays past, but your child with special needs may be unable or unwilling to go along with the images in your head. This is certainly true to for typical kids and teens, too! Religious services While you may get comfort from attending some form of worship, to a person with special needs a church, temple or other holy place may seem scary.... 

3 Things Parents Can Do To Help Kids Calm Under Pressure

3 Things Parents Can Do To Help Kids Calm Under Pressure

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Self-regulation is the ability to monitor and control our own behavior, thoughts or feelings altering them in accordance with the demands of a situation. While we often expect children to be well-modulated, it is most helpful when we teach them what being regulated “feels like”. Whether you teach, love or parent children from pre-school to high school, having the “felt sense” of internal regulation is helpful at any age. Here are 3 simple activities to help students experience self-regulation.  RIGHT CLICK on the IMAGE to download for personal and professional use. 1. Talk with your... 

Video: What Exactly is Cerebral Palsy? How Do I Know…

Video: What Exactly is Cerebral Palsy? How Do I Know…

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About one in 400 children born alive has cerebral palsy. In this video Dr Lucinda Carr explains the causes, symptoms and treatment Editor’s Note: Video Highlights Cerebral Palsy: Describes a persistent disorder of movement or posture caused by an abnormality of the immature brain It’s surprisingly common and occurs in one in 400 live births And ranges in severity from mild to severe Causes – many different: For the majority, the causes occur prior to birth. The brain may not develop normally in the womb, due to genetics, infection or trauma A small group experience problems... 

Do-It-Yourself Braces: Just Say No and Save Your Child’s Smile

Do-It-Yourself Braces: Just Say No and Save Your Child’s Smile

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As Do-It-Yourself (DIY) crafts and projects are climbing in popularity among teens, the trend has surprisingly migrated into the field of orthodontics. Believe it or not, teenagers across the United States are taking their smile into their own hands. According to the American Association of Orthodontists, almost 13% of dentists are seeing patients who have tried DIY teeth straightening – most of which have experienced irreversible damage. In desperate attempts to straighten their smiles, teenagers are resorting to rubber bands, dental floss, fishing line, paper clips, and even homemade retainers.... 

The Holidays: From Nuts to Trees What Makes Your Family Sneeze

The Holidays: From Nuts to Trees What Makes Your Family Sneeze

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Everyone gets stressed around the holidays- everyone. Too many things to get done and not enough time during the day wears us all down and leaves us teetering on the fine line of “Did I take care of that?” What makes it even more difficult for those with food allergies is when you factor in some hidden allergy triggers among the spirited chaos. What can be meant as a simple holiday item could turn out to be something so much worse if research is not done correctly and labels are not paid attention to. And although there is never a good time for an allergic reaction to happen, the last thing...