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Fun in the Sun

FUN IN THE SUN Babies under 6 months The two main recommendations from the AAP to prevent sunburn are to avoid sun exposure, and to dress infants in lightweight long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and brimmed hats that shade the neck to prevent sunburn. However, when...

Is it a Medical Emergency or not?

IS IT A MEDICAL EMERGENCY OR NOT? When your child is sick or hurt, it can be difficult to tell whether an urgent care or emergency department is the best choice. In making that decision, it is important to stay calm and recognize the difference between a medical...

Fluoride Varnish: What Parents Need to Know

FLUORIDE VARNISH: WHAT PARENTS NEED TO KNOW Healthy gums and teeth are important to your child’s overall health. This is why your child’s doctor will talk with you about good dental habits even before your child’s first tooth appears. Once your child...

Media and Children

Media and Children The American Academy of Pediatrics has designated April 30 through May 6 as screen free week. We urge families to try turning off the TV and other screens (video games and computers), and spend time doing other activities like reading, hiking,...

Backpack Safety

BACKPACK SAFETY What do I need to know about backpack safety? Backpacks are a popular and practical way for children and teenagers to carry schoolbooks and supplies. When used correctly, backpacks can be a good way to carry the necessities of the school day. They are...

Water Safety: Tips for Parents of Young Children

WATER SAFETY: TIPS FOR PARENTS OF YOUNG CHILDREN Water is one of the most ominous hazards your child will encounter. Young children can drown in only a few inches of water, even if they’ve had swimming instruction. Swimming Lessons Are Not a Way to Prevent...

Reduce the Risk of Sids

REDUCE THE RISK OF SIDS I know it’s best to put my baby to sleep on his back, but what else can I do to reduce the risk of SIDS? Many infants die during sleep from unsafe sleep environments. Some of these deaths are from entrapment, suffocation, and...

New Car Safety Seat Recommendations

NEW CAR SAFETY SEAT RECOMMENDATIONS HealthyChildren.org Updates Car Safety Seat Information to Reflect New AAP Guidelines As you may be aware, an updated AAP policy addressing the use of car safety seats was released today. The new policy advises parents to keep their...

Myths and Facts about the Flu

MYTHS AND FACTS ABOUT THE FLU Flu season is now upon us and fever is one of its most common symptoms. Unless your child is less than 2 months of age, most fevers are simply a sign that your child’s immune system is doing its job. For a temperature greater than 100.4 F...