Featured Article of the Month: Household Child Safety

dangersHave a toddler?  Have you crawled around your house on your hands and knees to get a toddler's-eye-view of what they see?  You should; it's a good way to check your house for hazards they may be exposed to that you are not even aware of!  An accident or injury can occur in any part of your home. Some safety hazards are obvious — others are not so easily identified. KidsHealth has compiled very handy checklists for household safety; see more at KidsHealth.org!

 

February is National Children's Dental Health Month

dental health monthThis month marks the 75th anniversary of National Children’s Dental Health Month. The AAP is celebrating with a number of items for members and the public to help raise awareness around children’s dental health and the need for primary care to be part of the solution. For more information on AAP and partner organization activities, visit the Children’s Oral Health website and participate on social media through the Campaign for Dental Health and AAP Twitter and Facebook

 

Youth Events at Klamath County Library

february library events

Klamath County Library Youth Services presents many activities each month for young people.  Featured events for February include Family Crafts, Minecraft games and Toddler Romp as well as a Book Club, Games, Movies, Workshops and many more activities.  Read more

 

Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV): When to call the Doctor

Protect your child from RSVLike most other common colds, RSV is highly contagious and most often occurs in fall and winter (roughly November through April). It usually causes mild, cold-like symptoms. But children under the age of 2 are most frequently affected by the very serious symptoms of RSV.  If your child is showing any of the following symptoms, you should call us.  

  • Difficult or fast breathing
  • Excessive wheezing
  • High fever
  • Cough that is getting worse
  • Unusual tiredness
  • Thick gray, green or yellow nasal discharge
  • Blue or gray skin tone. 

 

Common Pet Treatments Can Be Harmful to Children

kids and pets

Fleas and ticks love your pets almost as much as your children do.  Although these pests are vulnerable to over-the-counter flea and tick products, children are also vulnerable. Their neurological systems are still developing, and they’re most likely to ingest pet pesticides by accident. It’s not uncommon for a child to touch a pet, then put her hands in her mouth, consuming traces of pesticide.  So, how can you keep your kids safe?    Read more at nrdc.org

 

Winter Increases Risk of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

carbon monoxide dangerCarbon monoxide poisoning can result from faulty furnaces or other heating appliances as well as other sources.  Young children are especially vulnerable to the effects of carbon monoxide because of their smaller bodies. Children process carbon monoxide differently than adults, may be more severely affected by it, and may show signs of poisoning sooner. Read more at SafeKids.org

 

Sports Injuries: Sports Safety for Children

ice skatingChildren should be able to enjoy sports. They should run around a soccer field, hit a baseball, and do a cartwheel. Not only do sports help develop a child’s body, but they provide tools for learning discipline, partnership, and communication. However, since children are less coordinated and have slower reaction times than adults, most sports are high-risk for kids who are not prepared. Injuries happen, so it’s important that children learn proper sport techniques to avoid injury.... Read more at Healthline

 

Sleep: What Every Parent Needs to Know

sleepFrom infants and toddlers, to school-age kids and adolescents, sleep time problems can affect everyone in the family. And no matter what the difficulty may be – getting to sleep, staying asleep, bed-wetting, fears or nightmares – it’s never too late to take steps to correct it. The AAP book “Sleep: What Every Parent Needs to Know” helps parents and caregivers better understand sleep, answers questions and examines conflicting theories.