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

 

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

September Childhood Cancer AwarenessChances are your child will not get cancer: the odds of your child developing cancer by the age of 19 is approximately 1 in 330. But cancer is second only to accidents as a cause of death in children.
And, just as you put your child in a car seat or a seat belt each time you get into the car, just as you teach your child to play safely, just as you watch your young child constantly so that he or she does not get hurt, so you also need to watch for signs of childhood cancer. See the signs at the Pediatric Oncology Resource Center's website. external link

 

Cold and Flu Season is Here

fluFlu vaccinations and practicing good hygiene is the best way to avoid getting sick. Wash your hands often, use a waterless hand sanitizer every time you touch a doorknob or any shared items, and always before eating or drinking anything. If you are coughing or sneezing, please wear a mask whenever in public. Stay hydrated by drinking a lot of fluids, especially water, and by avoiding caffeinated drinks. Rest is also important to help you recover - getting enough sleep is essential for healthy immune function!

 

 

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

 

 

Homework Tips for Parents and Kids

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Early in school, homework will be fun activities and exercises, but it still is important to lay the foundation for good homework habits. Designating a specific area in which homework should be done, and agreeing on a time frame for doing homework each day, helps to build a routine that will benefit your child as well as instill a sense of responsibility and accomplishment.  Read more external link

 

 

 

Does Your Child Play Sports? Watch for Concussions

sportsThe most common causes of concussion include sports, car accidents or falls.  The two most dangerous sports include football and girls' soccer.  Concussions can cause serious injury, especially if a second injury occurs before your child's brain has healed completely. Having too many concussions will cause long-term brain damage that can lead to serious disease in the future.... Read More

 

 

Youth Events at Klamath County Library

September 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 September

♥  Klamath County Library Website  ♥

 


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