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Child Health & Safety News 12/11: New Facebook Kids Messenger

twitter thumbIn this week’s Child Health News: Schools Are Introducing ‘Share Tables’ To Feed Hungry Students And Help Reduce Food Waste bit.ly/2jxtuFV 

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 15events & stories.

  • We need to talk about guns before my child stays in your home bit.ly/2kkYGbo It’s a terribly awkward conversation…we don’t have a problem with you owning guns…we have a problem with our superfast kid… 2017-12-10
  • St. Clair Shores boy fights brain tumor with new proton therapy bit.ly/2B8XTV6 new therapy precisely targets cancer cells avoiding healthier organs and tissues 2017-12-10
  • Screen Time Right Before Bed Linked to Less Sleep and Higher BMI: Ditch the Phone and Try These Foods to Sleep Better bit.ly/2kh9mYh 2017-12-10
  • Thousands of N.C. kindergartener students exempt from vaccines on religious grounds bit.ly/2kfsshF More than double in 5 years… 2017-12-10

PedSafe Child Health & Safety News Headline of the Week:
Facebook Kids Messenger – How to use the new child-friendly texting service.
Parents setup the account, child’s name is not searchable and parents must add contacts for their kids bit.ly/2iKnDwn

  • My 12 Year Old Was Blackmailed for Nude Photos – For every parent who says “it can’t happen to my kid” PLEASE READ THIS! bit.ly/2jyKjk5 2017-12-09
  • 3 Things Parents Can Do To Help Kids Calm Under Pressure zpr.io/n7jEi 2017-12-08
  • For The 1 In 5 North Texas Kids In Poverty, It’s Harder To Get To The Doctor, Succeed In School bit.ly/2jjOtv9  2017-12-04
  • Why Sniffles Hit Hardest At Night – Thurs Time Capsule bit.ly/2mHZDPm.. 2017-12-07
  • Video: What Exactly is Cerebral Palsy? How Do I Know… zpr.io/n7UfS  2017-12-06
  • Brain remaps itself in child with double hand transplant http://bit.ly/2B2ANjb 2017-12-06
  • Safety concerns raised over the ‘most beautiful girl in the world – 6 year old model with 500k Instagram followers’ https://ind.pn/2kNJ7Na 2017-12-06
  • When it comes to threats of violence or suicide, most are known by at least one other individual BEFORE the incident occurs. Bring Say Something to Students in Your Community bit.ly/2iNGrOU 2017-12-05
  • A new Child and Adolescent Asthma Guideline has been developed in NZ http://bit.ly/2kfeVGV 2017-12-04
  • Do-It-Yourself Braces: Just Say No and Save Your Child’s Smile zpr.io/nqCVW 2017-12-04

Sensory Friendly Screening of Wonder, Tomorrow Night at AMC

AMC Entertainment (AMC) has expanded their Sensory Friendly Films program in partnership with the Autism Society. This Tuesday evening, families affected by autism or other special needs have the opportunity to view a sensory friendly screening of Wonder, a film that may appeal to older audiences on the autism spectrum.

As always, the movie auditoriums will have their lights turned up and the sound turned down. Families will be able to bring in snacks to match their child’s dietary needs (i.e. gluten-free, casein-free, etc.), there are no advertisements or previews before the movie and it’s totally acceptable to get up and dance, walk, shout, talk to each other…and even sing – in other words, AMC’s “Silence is Golden®” policy will not be enforced during movie screenings unless the safety of the audience is questioned.

Does it make a difference? Absolutely! Imagine …no need to shhhhh your child. No angry stares from other movie goers. Many parents think twice before bringing a child to a movie theater. Add to that your child’s special needs and it can easily become cause for parental panic. But on this one day a month, for this one screening, everyone is there to relax and have a good time, everyone expects to be surrounded by kids – with and without special needs – and the movie theater policy becomes “Tolerance is Golden“.

AMC and the Autism Society will be showing Wonder, sensory friendly tomorrow, Tuesday, December 12th at 7pm (local time). Tickets can be as low as $4 to $6 depending on the location. To find a theatre near you, here is a list of AMC theatres nationwide participating in this fabulous program (note: to access full list, please scroll to the bottom of the page).

Still to come in December:  Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Sat 12/23) and (Tues 12/26)

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Editor’s note: Wonder has been chosen by AMC and the Autism Society for a Tuesday Sensory Friendly “Mature Audience” screening. Parents should be advised that it is rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America for thematic elements including bullying, and some mild language.  As always, please check the IMDB Parents Guide for a more detailed description of this film to determine if it is right for you and your family.

Child Health & Safety News 12/4: Grim Booster Seat Video Goes Viral

twitter thumbIn this week’s Child Safety News: YouTube has upped the number of video removals after concerns that children are exposed to extreme content ind.pn/2zzQP4a

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.

  • Australian Research Study to examine impact of mother’s diet on children’s long-term health bit.ly/2iKi70v 2017-12-03
  • How one health professional addresses the stigma around childhood obesity bit.ly/2iE2mIb 2017-12-03
  • Whether She’s LGBTQ or an Ally, the Newest Barbie Is Awesome bit.ly/2iz3NHV 2017-12-02
  • How Pressuring Kids to Get Good Grades Can Have a Negative Impact bit.ly/2iBD1yT 2017-12-02
  • The GOP Has Officially Engineered a Children’s Health-Care Crisis nym.ag/2innEtu 2017-12-01
  • The Holidays: From Nuts to Trees What Makes Your Family Sneeze zpr.io/nqN3C 2017-12-01
  • Gift Guide for Raising Kids Who Care bit.ly/2iZa9xd 2017-11-30

PedSafe Child Health & Safety News Headline of the Week:
See the viral video prompting parents to buckle their ‘big kids’ in booster seats on.today.com/2AHxUE3 

  • Why your child should get the HPV vaccine – Dr Valerie Jones bit.ly/2zKzfun 2017-11-30
  • Dealing With a Child Who Is Lying – Thurs Time Capsule bit.ly/2hEU276  2017-11-30
  • zpr.io/nqtzY   2017-11-29
  • Baby denied kidney receives transplant cnn.it/2A7Fl4C An Atlanta baby receives a kidney transplant after the hospital first denied surgery due to his father’s arrest. 2017-11-28
  • For The 1 In 5 North Texas Kids In Poverty, It’s Harder To Get To The Doctor, Succeed In School bit.ly/2jjOtv9  2017-11-28
  • Every Beijing daycare center to get a supervisor to monitor child safety bit.ly/2zGnpRX taking no chances…. 2017-11-21
  • States prepare to shut down children’s health programs if Congress doesn’t act trib.in/2zEMegS 5 states run out in late December, others in January…  2017-11-27
  • Sensory Friendly Screening of Justice League, Tomorrow at AMCzpr.io/nGJqB 2017-11-27
  • Pediatric Safety: Anxiety and Depression in Children: 5 Warning Signs to Watch For zpr.io/nGJHJ 2017-11-27

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

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. Although these methods can potentially move teeth, dentists everywhere are warning against these dangerous materials.

Initially gaining traction with teens on social media, DIY braces can lead to serious infection and permanent damage in the teeth and gums. Constant pressure, unsupervised by an orthodontic expert, can cause teeth to become extruded or out of socket. Tiny hair rubber bands are known for sliding upward and disappearing into the gums, becoming embedded in the gum tissue.

Many of these cases cannot be repaired, meaning patients who originally tried DIY braces to save time and money are now required to undergo complete oral reconstruction surgery. Overall, patients are paying almost double of the initial cost of orthodontic treatment just to reverse severe damage.

The number of teens attempting DIY braces is so alarming that the American Association of Orthodontists has reissued a public service announcement to warn teenagers of the dangers of this trend.

If you think your child is attempting to straighten his or her smile with DIY braces, put a stop to it immediately and schedule an appointment with your dentist. It could save your child’s smile!

Child Health & Safety News 11/27: App Helps Parents ID Sexting

twitter thumbIn this week’s Child Health News: Unprecedented Canada-wide movement to improve pediatric cancer treatment bit.ly/2mW7Q2B

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.

  • Click It or Ticket! Illinois State Police to conduct safety belt patrols bit.ly/2n44la6 2017-11-26
  • This Amazing Program Offers Parents Mental Health Checkups During Routine Child Visits bit.ly/2mVg7DJ 2017-11-26
  • Getting Your Kids Ready for Thanksgiving: Table Manners, Gratitude and Appreciation, Ask Doctor G bit.ly/2jjJZ7F 2017-11-25
  • A Teen Killed Herself After Being Tormented By Rumors That An Ex Had Shared Intimate Photos Of Her bzfd.it/2zsZtS1 2017-11-25
  • 5 Tips for a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving bit.ly/2hLSt7u 2017-11-24
  • 11 Ideas for Teaching Your Kids to Be Inclusive bit.ly/2zp1qP4how to avoid raising a child that excludes others… 2017-11-24
  • Check out the latest issue of the Kids Who Care newsletter! getrevue.co/profile/pediat…  2017-11-24

PedSafe Child Health & Safety News Headline of the Week:
New app helps parents figure out if their kids are sexting on.mash.to/2zlLpJR

  • Why are we always ready to nap after eating our Thanksgiving meal? kng5.tv/2zw7llE hint – it’s not just the tryptophan in the turkey 2017-11-23
  • Insurance Institute for Highway Safety Ranks Child Booster Seats cbsloc.al/2A0DsGY 2017-11-23
  • This Holiday Season, Ask Yourself – Am I Raising a Spoiled Child? – Thurs Time Capsule  bit.ly/2mD9c1K  2017-11-23
  • Want motivated students? Let kids create cognitive-exercise patterns + teach others   2017-11-22
  • Safe Kids: Tips for kitchen safety during the holiday season bit.ly/2isr62S 2017-11-22
  • Flying safely with kids bit.ly/2zfDAFy 2017-11-22
  • Saturday Take The Kids To See COCO, It’s Sensory Friendly at AMC zpr.io/nGjFs 2017-11-22
  • Things You Can Do to Improve Your Child’s Mental Health bit.ly/2hBzrjO 2017-11-21
  • Did 11-month-old baby die from marijuana overdose? Doctors debate claim – marijuana not previously linked to fatal overdoses  nbcnews.to/2zchP9J  2017-11-21
    OK Health department cuts will cost millions for clinics helping uninsured patients bit.ly/2itpBBq
  • Talking With Your Child’s Cancer-Care Team bit.ly/2zN8FPS helpful information from the American Cancer Society 2017-11-20
  •  Caution! Beware of Snowmobiles with Kids. As Risky as ATV’s zpr.io/nfQrc 2017-11-20

Sensory Friendly Screening of Justice League, Tomorrow at AMC

AMC Entertainment (AMC) has expanded their Sensory Friendly Films program in partnership with the Autism Society. This Tuesday evening, families affected by autism or other special needs have the opportunity to view a sensory friendly screening of Justice League, a film that may appeal to older audiences on the autism spectrum.

As always, the movie auditoriums will have their lights turned up and the sound turned down. Families will be able to bring in snacks to match their child’s dietary needs (i.e. gluten-free, casein-free, etc.), there are no advertisements or previews before the movie and it’s totally acceptable to get up and dance, walk, shout, talk to each other…and even sing – in other words, AMC’s “Silence is Golden®” policy will not be enforced during movie screenings unless the safety of the audience is questioned.

Does it make a difference? Absolutely! Imagine …no need to shhhhh your child. No angry stares from other movie goers. Many parents think twice before bringing a child to a movie theater. Add to that your child’s special needs and it can easily become cause for parental panic. But on this one day a month, for this one screening, everyone is there to relax and have a good time, everyone expects to be surrounded by kids – with and without special needs – and the movie theater policy becomes “Tolerance is Golden“.

AMC and the Autism Society will be showing Justice League sensory friendly tomorrow, Tuesday, November 28th at 7pm (local time). Tickets can be as low as $4 to $6 depending on the location. To find a theatre near you, here is a list of AMC theatres nationwide participating in this fabulous program (note: to access full list, please scroll to the bottom of the page).

Coming in December: Coco (Sat 12/9); Wonder (Tues 12/12); Star Wars: The Last Jedi (Sat 12/23) and (Tues 12/26)

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Editor’s note: Justice League has been chosen by AMC and the Autism Society for a Tuesday Sensory Friendly “Mature Audience” screening. Parents should be advised that it is rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for sequences of sci-fi violence and action.  As always, please check the IMDB Parents Guide for a more detailed description of this film to determine if it is right for you and your family.

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