Burn Dangers in Unexpected Places

Most parents of young children are familiar with the safety section in the baby aisle of their local store where you can find just about anything – cabinet locks, furniture straps, even a bumper to protect little heads from bathtub faucets. But even the most safety-conscious of parents may forget about burn dangers that can crop up in common and not-so-common places.

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What Parents Need to Know About Strawberry Marks

Child with strawberry marks (hemangioma)You may have seen a baby with a “strawberry mark” – a pink or blue colored lesion that can appear anywhere on the body, including the face. These lesions are called hemangiomas [hi-man-jee-oh-muh]. Infantile hemangiomas are the most common type of hemangioma and affect 3-5% of babies. Risk factors for these include being Caucasian and female, and being born prematurely and with low birth weight.  Some strawberry marks look like a flat red mark at birth, but can grow rapidly in the first few months of life. The period of most rapid growth seems to fall between 4 and 8 weeks of life based on review of parent photographs. That’s a tricky time to catch because the timing of typical well-child checks tends to fall prior to and following that age range. Read more

Preparing Your Child for Siblings

Preparing for SiblingsWelcoming a new baby into the family is a very exciting thing. For the new big brother or sister, though, it can be stressful if they’re used to getting most of your attention and then suddenly have to share you with a baby. There are many ways, before the baby comes, to make the transition from youngest or only child to older sibling smoother. Read more

Water Intoxication: Too Much Of A Good Thing? (Giveaway)

Water IntoxicationDid you catch some of the warmth and sunshine we’ve had in the past couple of weeks? Wisconsin may be home of the “Frozen Tundra,” but eventually that ice melts and brings with it some gorgeous weather, perfect for being active outside (and maybe getting sweaty). As adults we know the importance of drinking water to stay hydrated, but what about for infants? Could something as simple as water be dangerous to little ones? The surprising answer is YES! Drinking too much water can put anyone, especially infants, at risk for water intoxication. This is when excess water leads to a low level of sodium in the body (hyponatremia), which in turn can cause swelling of the brain, seizures, and even death.

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Play it Safe Around Portable Pools

baby in a portable poolWhen it comes to water, children are naturally curious – it’s so interesting and fun. Portable pools can be a fun way to cool off during warm Wisconsin summers and they don’t cost a lot of money. What parents may not realize, however, is that portable pools can be just as dangerous as in-ground pools, and the same types of protections available for big pools just aren’t there for kiddie or inflatable pools.

If you are looking into getting a portable pool, here are some tips to help you keep your family safe.

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