May is Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month

asthmaMay is a peak season for asthma and allergy sufferers. Asthma is a common lung condition in kids and teens. It causes breathing problems, with symptoms like coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath. Anyone can have asthma, even babies, and the tendency to develop it often runs in families. Do you know how to handle an asthma flare up, when to call the doctor or when to go to the ER?  Read more about childhood asthma at external link


Parenting Your Adolescent: The Young Teen Years


Congratulations on your child becoming a teenager!  This is a time of change: Emotional, mental, physical and social.  It isn't always smooth and easy, but they are growing up and entering a new stage in life, which of course means that you as a parent are entering a new phase in life as well.  Are you ready?  The CDC has information that can help you understand and help your child in this phase of their development.  Read more! external link


Nine Steps to More Effective Parenting

family vacationRaising kids is one of the toughest and most fulfilling jobs in the world — and the one for which you might feel the least prepared. Don't worry, you aren't the only one!  Fortunately, in our modern digital age where information about almost every conceivable topic is just a few clicks away, help is easy to find.  For instance, KidsHealth from Nemours is a great source for information about parenting.  They have published nine child-rearing tips that can help you feel more fulfilled as a parent.  Click here to read (or listen to) them! external link


Choosing Safe Baby Products

baby products

From baby carriers to playpens, from infant seats to toys, it is important that parents keep their child's safety in mind when it comes to baby products.  But selecting safe products for your baby can be confusing, especially with all the new gadgets and features available (not to mention the many product recalls).  Nemours Foundation has several articles about choosing safe baby products that can help you make safe choices. Read More! external link



Teaching Your Child: Brushing Teeth

brushing teethIt goes without saying that your child's teeth are important in many ways. If you teach your child how take care of their teeth, their teeth will help take care of your child. Strong, healthy teeth help them chew the right foods to help them grow. Teeth help your child to speak clearly. When you're choosing a toothpaste, make sure it contains fluoride. Fluoride makes teeth strong and protects them from cavities.  Read More at external link



HPV and Cancer: HPV Vaccinations recommended for ages 11 and up

immunizationsAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is an epidemic of human papillomavirus (HPV) in the United States. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection.  The American Cancer Society recommends that routine HPV vaccination for girls and boys should be started at age 11 or 12.  Boys and girls in this age group have the best response to the vaccine, which prevents most cases of cervical and anal cancer in females if the vaccine is given before a person is exposed to HPV.  Read more on the American Cancer Society's website. external link


Children and Firearm Safety

gun safetyWe are all concerned about the large numbers of children and adolescents killed by firearms.  While we cannot gun-proof our children, there are ways to reduce the possibility of injury or death by guns.  Even if parents don't own a gun, they should check with parents at other places where their kids play, to make sure safety precautions are followed. Here are some tips from external link


Youth Events at Klamath County Library

Library Youth Events

Klamath County Library Youth Services presents many activities each month for young people.  Featured events for May include playdough squishing, "Unfortunate Events" survival, a Fancy Nancy party, screening of The Eagle Huntress, Family Movie, Youth Book Club, make comics with Lemon Brick Road Studios, World Travelers Club and more!  Read more 


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