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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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10 Secrets to Helping Your Kids Breathe Better With Allergies

10 Secrets to Helping Your Kids Breathe Better With Allergies

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Warmer weather triggers trees, flowers and grasses to bloom, beckons kids back outside and sets off seasonal allergy suffering for 40 percent of those kids. Pollens, which have been dormant all winter, are abundant from spring to fall. These irritants gang up with existing indoor allergens (such as dust mites, pet dander and mold) and bully your child’s immune system, causing itchy, watery eyes, runny noses, sniffling, sneezing and coughing. “While allergens are unavoidable, there are things you can do to reduce your child’s exposure to them,” says Dr. Rebecca Gruchalla, professor of internal... 

Daffodils and Parmesan and Kids…Who Knew??

Daffodils and Parmesan and Kids…Who Knew??

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Last updated on June 12th, 2021 at 01:10 pmSpring is here. Flowers are in bloom. In Connecticut one local town celebrates the arrival of spring with an annual daffodil festival. In fact – thousands of flowers. I wonder how many people know that the bulbs of the plant are among the most poisonous of all plants in the US. And who doesn’t like a little Parmesan cheese sprinkled on- well in my house, on just about everything. And I like the bright inviting colors of the packaging- inviting me to indulge. Unfortunately Comet cleanser has equally colorful packaging. And certainly you never... 

Instant Packets of Independence for a Special Needs Child

Instant Packets of Independence for a Special Needs Child

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Last updated on June 12th, 2021 at 01:01 pmToday I taught my nearly nine year-old daughter how to make herself some instant Cinnamon Swirl oatmeal. It’s a simple enough task, but for a special need child who was never supposed to walk or talk it is a big deal on many levels. Just think about the many skills involved with the preparation: Shaking the packet without dropping it Tearing the paper and keeping everything inside Pouring the contents into the bowl and avoiding getting any on the counter Adding a measured amount of water to the bowl (and only the bowl) Stirring the oatmeal and water... 

Raising Kind, Sensitive Children After a Year of Social Distancing

Raising Kind, Sensitive Children After a Year of Social Distancing

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Last updated on June 12th, 2021 at 01:02 pm“Why should I care how he feels? He’s not my friend.” “So what if I made him cry. He’s a wimp.” “How was I supposed to know he would take it so bad? I was just joking.” Sensitizing children to how someone else feels is a significant and serious enterprise. Kids can’t do this alone – they must be supported, supervised, and encouraged to develop sensitivity and consideration, and parents play a key role in this endeavor. The true parenting challenge is to use those unplanned moments when a child’s behavior is unacceptable as a learning... 

Summer Checklist – Ready, Set, Swim!

Summer Checklist – Ready, Set, Swim!

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Last updated on June 12th, 2021 at 01:02 pmSummer’s almost here!!! The weather is trending towards hot and sunny, the pools and beaches are beginning to open for the season, pandemic restrictions are FINALLY starting to lift and you are thinking it might just be safe to wash the snow pants. So, what do you need to be ready for summer? Swimsuits and goggles – check to make sure last year’s still fit and they aren’t falling apart from the sunshine, salt and chlorine. And if you have a child who won’t put their head in the water, goggles might be the answer. Sunscreen. Do what the Australians...