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1 in 10 Young People Self-Harm: Here’s How to Help

1 in 10 Young People Self-Harm: Here’s How to Help

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Self-harm is when somebody intentionally damages or injures their body. It’s usually a way of coping with or expressing overwhelming emotional distress. Sometimes when people self-harm, they feel on some level that they intend to die. Over half of people who die by suicide have a history of self-harm. However, the intention is more often to punish themselves, express their distress or relieve unbearable tension. Sometimes the reason is a mixture of both. Self-harm can also be a cry for help. Getting help If you’re self-harming, you should see your GP (*physician) for help. They... 

How to Protect Your Child’s Teeth From Valentine’s Day Candy

How to Protect Your Child’s Teeth From Valentine’s Day Candy

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Like anything that we consider “unhealthy” — French fries, soda, or ice-cream — moderation is key. It’s the same when it comes to Valentine’s Day candy for your child. Although baby teeth develop cavities at a far faster rate than adult teeth do, it’s ok for your child to enjoy a small amount of sugar every now and then. The key is to limit how much and how often the holiday messenger hearts or chocolate covered caramels are consumed. Here are a few important tips to keep in mind when you’re helping your child choose or sort through Valentine’s treats for their class: Encourage... 

Connecting Kids to the World, One Class at a Time: Meet Empatico

Connecting Kids to the World, One Class at a Time: Meet Empatico

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Empatico is the newest initiative of The Kind Foundation. It is a free learning tool, an online platform designed to digitally connect classrooms from across the globe. The project wants to promote empathy in children by showing them how diverse the international community is. Teachers are able to connect to other classrooms and together they complete activities using live video conferencing. We at Pediatric Safety thought this was a brilliant idea, so we caught up with Empatico’s Business Development Manager Christina Bruno and asked her to tell us more about the project. Where did the inspiration... 

Beyond Flu What Illness Should You Watch Your Child For

Beyond Flu What Illness Should You Watch Your Child For

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Children’s colds It’s normal for a child to have 8 or more colds a year. This is because there are hundreds of different cold viruses and young children have no immunity to any of them as they’ve never had them before. They gradually build up immunity and get fewer colds. Most colds get better in 5 to 7 days. Here are some suggestions on how to ease the symptoms in your child: Make sure your child drinks plenty of fluids. Saline nose drops can help loosen dried snot and relieve a stuffy nose. Ask your pharmacist, GP (*physician) or health visitor about them. If your child... 

How to Tell if Your Child Has a Concussion

How to Tell if Your Child Has a Concussion

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Head Injuries and Concussions. When in doubt, Check it out. Concussions have gotten a lot of press lately and when we think about concussions, we typically think of sports and athletes but the truth is that concussions and possible head injuries can happen anywhere and while we cannot have our children walk around with a helmet everywhere they go, we can be aware of the most common signs and symptoms of head injuries and possible concussions so that we, as parents, can make better decisions for the safety of our children. Please allow me to preface this information with a better safe than sorry...