July is Juvenile Arthritis Month

national arthritis month

What is Juvenile Arthritis?  Juvenile arthritis (JA) is not a disease in itself. Also known as pediatric rheumatic disease, JA is an umbrella term used to describe the many autoimmune and inflammatory conditions or pediatric rheumatic diseases that can develop in children under the age of 16. Juvenile arthritis affects nearly 300,000 children in the United States.    Read more at Arthritis.org



This Month: Fireworks Safety for Children

fireworks safetyWith warm weather and family events, the Fourth of July can be a fun time with great memories. But before your family celebrates, make sure everyone knows about fireworks safety.  Did you know that sparklers can heat up to 1,200 degrees? How about this? Let your young children use glow sticks instead. They can be just as fun for kids but they don’t burn at a temperature hot enough to melt glass. Read more at safekids.org



Summer Youth Events in Klamath Falls

summer eventsNeed some ideas about things for the kids to do this summer? The YMCA of Klamath Falls offers summer sports programs as well as summer camps for kids of all ages.  The Ella Redkey Pool in Klamath Falls is open for business as well, offering a great place for you and your kids to cool off.  Visit ActivityTree.com for a listing of Soccer Camps, Arts & Crafts and Summer Camps in our local area!



Youth Events at Klamath County Library

august youth events at Klamath County Library

Klamath County Library Youth Services presents many activities each month for young people.  Featured events for August include performances by Juggler Curtis Carlyle, a party to close out the Summer Reading Program, a Virtual Reality demonstration, Pokémon Go, a Water War for youth ages 8-12, a Story Hike celebrating Meeting Trees by Scott Russell Sanders and Robert Hynes and much more!  Read more!


Vaccine Preventable Diseases

teen​​​The use of vaccines has led to major improvements in child health over a relatively short period. Many of the infectious illnesses you or your parents had as children, from chickenpox to polio to measles, no longer affect most children today. If you follow the immunization guidelines recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), you can help make your child healthier than was ever possible in earlier generations. See healthychildren.org.


51 Great Ideas for your Best Family Summer Vacation Ever!

family vacation

Is your family ready for some fun in the sun?  Seeking memorable adventures with your kids and grandkids?  TakingTheKids.com, partnered with Family Travel Forum, offers 51 great 2016 family summer vacation ideas, including some you might not have considered before.  These ideas will help you take the kids—and the grandkids and any other kids in your lives—and  not only give all of you the best bang for your vacation buck  but lifetime memories. See takingthekids.com for more information.


Children, Travel, Illness and Insurance: A Primer

travel with kidsAn informal survey of several dozen parents planning major family trips showed that about half of them did not know whether their children (or themselves) are fully covered for all medical expenses incurred away from home. Many confessed that they have never read their insurance policies, not even the large print. Many were not familiar with penalties charged when trips had to be cancelled. Get the full scoop on the Kids Travel Doc website.


Pool and Swimming Safety Tips for Families

swimming safety

Drowning is a leading cause of death among children, including infants and toddlers. The AAP offers a water safety campaign, including a series of informative videos with AAP Spokesperson Sarah Denny, MD, FAAP, to help educate parents how to keep children safe in and around water. In this first video, Dr. Denny, an emergency room pediatrician, offers parents tips on how to keep children safe at pools. For more information, read the Summer Safety Tips and other informative articles on HealthyChildren.org.