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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Summertime Brushin’

Summertime Teeth Brushing TipsSummer is almost here! For kids, this means it’s time for sweet lemonade, slushies, and smoothies. For parents, this means really making sure your child is practicing good oral hygiene practices at home to prevent tooth decay. Many people think that cavities in baby teeth don’t matter because they will fall out anyway. However, dental decay in baby teeth can negatively affect permanent teeth and lead to future dental problems. Research shows that the health of your mouth affects the health of the rest of your body. And oral hygiene needs to start early. No teeth? Simply going through the motions of cleaning the gums with a soft washcloth serves a useful purpose. And as soon as that first tooth erupts, you can start to brush!

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Speech Language Milestones

Toddler Boys ReadingWatching your child learn to communicate is one of the most exciting things about being a parent.  You see your baby go from cooing to babbling to saying those first words.  You watch your toddler sing songs and put words together.  You read books, and then suddenly your child is reading to you.  It’s an exciting progression, and much of the time it seems to happen naturally.  But what if your child isn’t developing speech or language like other children?

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What Not to Buy at Garage Sales

Garage SaleSome people swear by garage and yard sales. They can certainly help stretch tight family budgets by being a great source for gently used baby and toddler items. But, there are important things to keep in mind when you’re considering that “good deal.”

One of the challenges, whether you are a buyer or a seller at a garage sale, is knowing the recall history of items. Unless you make a point of checking the Consumer Product Safety Commissions website (, you may not be aware an item has been recalled. These items pose a life-threatening danger to infants and children so it is important not to take any chances.

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The Well-Child Check: What to Expect

Baby at a Well Child AppointmentFor most people, the doctor’s office a place we try to avoid unless we are sick. Even then, our lives are so busy that it’s hard to even get to clinic during business hours; so, why would we go in for a visit when everything appears fine? What we miss by forgoing these regular check-ups is preventative health care – a chance to make sure that things are going well, catch things before they become a real issue, and help patients learn to expect health changes and issues that might occur in the near future.  For kids, these regular check-ups are even more vital and make up a large percentage of the kids that pediatricians see in clinic on a daily basis.

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