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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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How to Make Back to School Feel Safe? a Pediatrician Perspective

How to Make Back to School Feel Safe? a Pediatrician Perspective

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It is certainly understandable, given the amount of press and official and unofficial commentary through law enforcement, social media discussions, and easily seen news programs, that fear should arise in the minds of both children attending school and parents of those children about their safety in what has traditionally been a bastion of safety, their schools. This publicly available information, easily seen by children, has always been centered around the person responsible for the shootings occurring in schools and other public places. The information made available in the news media is repeated... 

How To Teach Kids Storytelling To Improve Their Friendships

How To Teach Kids Storytelling To Improve Their Friendships

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Thinking, speaking or acting impulsively without planning or thinking things out poses social challenges for children. We can help children better manage their impulsive thoughts, words, and actions by using a storytelling activity we call The Thought Bubble Technique. In this visual conversation activity, we help children think, write, draw, and talk about what characters in a story might be thinking, feeling, saying or doing. The Thought Bubble Technique encourages children to use their imaginations while building their thinking skills. Here is how you do it… Open a book with vivid imagery... 

How To Prepare When You Are Expecting Healthy Twins

How To Prepare When You Are Expecting Healthy Twins

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If you’re pregnant with more than one baby, a healthy diet and lifestyle will help you cope with your pregnancy and give your babies the best start in life.The advice for keeping healthy in pregnancy is similar whether you’re expecting twins, triplets or just one baby. Eat well, take gentle exercise, drink lots of fluid and, if you feel stressed, get support from friends and family, or talk to your midwife. It’s also important to attend all your antenatal (*prenatal) appointments so your maternity team can keep a close eye on you and your babies.Healthy eating with a twin... 

How to Keep Kids From Getting Bit Helping with Dog Training

How to Keep Kids From Getting Bit Helping with Dog Training

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As a professional dog trainer for many years, there are many things I have had to learn to do differently when working with the dogs around children versus what I would normally do.Things that I would not typically think twice about, I must when kids are around…. Because they tend to copy everything – and some things may be quite dangerous for them to copy without the know-how and quick reflexes. Some commands are simple to teach, and for those, the children can be around without encountering any issues, for example: Sit….Stay….Down….Off All of those commands are simply... 

How Can My Allergic Kid Join In When It’s All About the Food

How Can My Allergic Kid Join In When It’s All About the Food

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Parents of food allergic children dread anything that has to do with food. This includes group activities, crafts that involve food, birthday parties, recipes for school classes, holidays at the family’s house and on and on. It’s stressful for the parents and it can be stressful for the child with food allergies. It’s a simple thing that we all enjoy, that symbolizes family tradition and warmth and comfort. Except, for those with food allergies, it does but it doesn’t. And yes, many parents have been heard asking “Why does everything have to revolve around food?!” but at the same time,...