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

Food Safety at Home is Important

food safety

Each year, an estimated 76 million Americans get sick from eating contaminated or improperly prepared foods. Many of these people get sick from foods prepared in their home.

Food safety is an important aspect of keeping your family healthy. Good hand washing, thorough surface disinfection, safe food handling and storage can reduce the risk of anyone getting sick from food in the home. Click here for some Food Safety and Health Tips from the CDC.

 

2017 Sports Injury Prevention Tip Sheet

sportsMore children are competing in sports than ever before. Sports help children and adolescents keep their bodies fit and feel good about themselves. However, there are some important injury prevention tips that can help parents promote a safe, optimal sports experience for their child.  The American Academy of Pediatrics has compiled a tip sheet about sports injury prevention. See more on the AAP website. external link

 

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

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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 TeachHub.com external link

 

12 Tips for Teaching Children Gratitude

gratitudeTired of bickering, jealousy, and selfishness? Kids are naturally materialistic and self-serving– but the good news is that gratitude can be taught. And from gratitude flows joy.  Kathleen Berchelmann M.D., FAAP, a pediatrician at St. Louis Children's Hospital, has 12 tips that can help parents teach their children gratitude; read more at healthychildren.org! 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

 

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

 

 

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:

September Youth Events at Klamath County Library

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