Wildfire Smoke and Children

forest fireUnhealthy air conditions exist with all the forest fires burning in the northwest.  Wildfire smoke is a mixture of gases and fine particles from burning trees and other plant materials. This smoke can hurt your eyes, irritate your respiratory system, and worsen chronic heart and lung diseases.  Children are more likely to be affected by health threats from smoke. Children’s airways are still developing and they breathe more air per pound of body weight than adults. Also, children often spend more time outdoors engaged in activity and play.  On bad smoke days, schools will keep children indoors.  Learn ways to protect yourself and your family from wildfire smoke at CDC.org external link



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 aren't  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 external link


Teens and Relationships

relationshipAre you in a healthy relationship?  Does your boyfriend or girlfriend treat you as well as you treat him or her? Does your BF or GF support you in good times as well as bad? Hopefully, you and your significant other are treating each other well. Not sure if that's the case? Take a step back from the dizzying sensation of being swept off your feet and think about whether your relationship has these seven qualities:... Read more at KidsHealth.org external link



Promoting Healthy Childhood Friendships 

friendshipEven if your child has friends outside of school, he/she probably will form more as they progress through grade school. However, children can be picky, so do not be alarmed if it seems like he/she often has a new best friend and, as a result, ex-best friend.  Relationships can change often and quickly in the early social years. Here are some ideas about how you can nurture your child’s friendships... Read more



Common Pet Treatments Can Be Harmful to Children

petsFleas 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 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 kidshealth.org external link



Child Safety: Make Summer Safe for Kids

swimming safetySummer is a great time for kids to enjoy different indoor and outdoor activities. Whether they are young children or teens, learn ways to keep your kids safe and healthy while they enjoy summer fun. The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website offers timely tips on how to master water safety, beat the heat and sun, keep mosquitoes and ticks from bugging your child, prevent injuries, and stop violence. Click here to read more. external link



Youth Events at Klamath County Library

Youth Events at Klamath County Library

Each month, Klamath County Library Youth Services presents many activities for families and young people of all ages.  These events are listed in a monthly information article published by the library with descriptions, dates and times of each activity.  We at The Children's Clinic encourage you to get your children involved in reading and fun, and are proud to provide links to each month's article as well as to the library's website:

August Youth Events at Klamath County Library

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