Solar Eclipse Safety for Children

solar eclipseThe August eclipse is an ideal event to observe with young children because it allows them to observe a powerful and easily accessible astronomical phenomenon. Be sure that you have a safe solar-viewing option when observing the eclipse. Safe-viewing strategies include observing through a telescope with a solar filter, using solar-viewing glasses, or making a projection of the partially eclipsed Sun with a telescope, binoculars, or a simple pinhole.  Remind children that they should never look directly at the Sun, and ask other adults present during the eclipse to remind children of this as needed. Read more on NASA's Eclipse web site external link


Physician Tips for a Healthy School Year

schoolbus thEven before kids go back to school, parents should be preparing their children for a healthy start, according to the clinical practice of McGovern Medical School, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Houston, TX. Regular check ups with physicians, dentists, and ophthalmologists can ensure a healthy start to the school year. “Well visits are important because they give us a chance to evaluate a child’s general health, growth, and development,” said Ali Naqvi, MD, pediatrician, UT Physicians and Community Health & Wellness Center—Jensen. “We also test their vision and hearing.” Here are seven tips for physicians to share with parents to help make sure their kids get a healthy start: Read more at external link


August is Child Eye Health and Safety Month

eyeVision plays an important role in children’s physical, cognitive, and social development. It is highly recommended your child receive an eye examination before going back to school. Common signs of vision troubles in children include: frequently rubbing eyes, squinting, tilting or turning head to look at objects, wandering eyes, or squeezing eyes. If your child displays any of these symptoms, please schedule an appointment to have their eyes checked.  For more information, visit external link


August is also Immunization Awareness Month

immunizationsAugust is a good time to think about immunization. National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM) is an annual observance held in August to highlight the importance of vaccination for people of all ages. NIAM was established to encourage people of all ages to make sure they are up to date on the vaccines recommended for them. Communities have continued to use the month each year to raise awareness about the important role vaccines play in preventing serious, sometimes deadly, diseases. For more information, visit external link

See also: Experts warn against alternate vaccination schedules external link


Family Support & Connections offering parenting classes

KLCAS - Klamath & Lake Counties Community Action Services

Family Support & Connections is promoting two parenting options for the community this fall.  Their community class will feature Nurturing Parenting curriculum.  The workshop is called Life With Kids. They will also be starting a series for Klamath County Community Corrections clients using Parenting Inside Out. This is a closed group for parents who are on Parole or Probation.

If you are interested in more information, check out their flyers for details:

Life With Kids Parenting Group (pdf) external link     • Parenting Inside Out Group (pdf) external link


Child Safety: From 'Stranger Danger' to 'Tricky People'

shark‘Tricky People’ are the new ‘strangers,’ and experts have lots to say on how to keep your children safe in today’s world.  Classic approaches to parenting often rely on a safety talk involving “Stranger Danger”; however many experts now recommend switching the safety conversation to “Tricky People.”  Kathryn Reilly describes some benefits to talking to kids about tricky people over stranger danger, on the website. Click here to read more. external link


Back to School Time is Just Around The Corner.  Are You Ready?


It's August, and that means that no matter how we feel about it, it's time to start thinking about our children going back to school (or for the very first time).  Back to school time is always a big transition, not only for children but for parents as well.  How can we prepare our kids for the transition from summer vacation and free time to school buses and chalkboards?  To help you and your child prepare for the new school year, here are some great tips from external link


Fun Things for Families to Do Together in August

Klamath & Western RailroadLooking for something fun to do with the kids? Someplace fun to take the family and enjoy what's left of their summer vacation?  Lanessa Pierce, a mother of two, was always looking for fun and different things to do with her family. After spending a lot of time visiting several websites to try and come up with ideas, she decided to create her own one-stop-website for things to do in Southern Oregon. Visit her site at for ideas for fun and adventure!  external link


Caring For Your Child: Type I Diabetes

Type I diabetesType I diabetes affects children and young adults. Only 5% of people with diabetes have Type I, but diabetes is a disease that impacts the whole family, especially when a child is diagnosed. Whether you're a parent, sibling or other family member, your support and understanding can make all the difference. Read more at the American Diabetes Association's website. 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

August Library Events

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:

♥  Library Youth Events for August  ♥

♥  Klamath County Library Website  ♥


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