If only every child’s visit to the doctor was
easy and hassle-free, ending with a sticker and a smile. But that’s not always
the case — especially for anxiety-prone kids who dread shots or other medical procedures.
“Anxiety about being in a medical office is very
normal,” says Amy Stockhausen, MD, a UW Health pediatrician.
parents have looked at their beloved child or toddler and had a thought zip
across their minds.
Hey, wait a minute. Is my child walking funny?
Maybe, says Blaise Nemeth, MD, a pediatric orthopedist at American Family Children’s Hospital. Most walking issues fall on a spectrum of normal, and the chances are good that the issue will correct itself without medical intervention.
Most parents of school-age kids are way too young to recall how prevalent measles was in its heyday. A very serious, highly contagious respiratory disease that affects the lungs and respiratory tract, measles affected 3 to 4 million people in the United States each year before vaccination began in 1963. Back then, measles — which can be passed on through a cough or sneeze — put 48,000 people in the hospital and killed 500 people annually.
routinely given to children for the past 55 years, it’s easy to assume that measles
has been totally wiped out. Unfortunately, as more children in school show up without being vaccinated, measles
outbreaks have popped up more frequently. Just this year, more than 100 cases
have been confirmed in 21 states — especially in Washington and Oregon – with
most cases diagnosed in children who have not had the routine MMR (measles,
mumps and rubella) vaccine.
It’s National Burn Awareness Week and our Burn Center wants to help you prevent burns. Scalds were the most common injury for children in the Burn Center in 2018. One place where scalds and burns happen is the kitchen. As children grow, they like to try out their independence. And that may mean trying to “help” mom or dad in the kitchen.
Keep kids safe in the kitchen with these tips to avoid accidental burns:
Whether grocery shopping or buying household goods, you’ve likely seen items – from soup cans to plastic containers – labeled BPA-free. But what is it and why does it matter?
Bisphenol-A (or BPA) is a chemical that is used in the creation of certain types of plastics (polycarbonates), as well as in the coating on the inside of metal food and beverage containers to prevent corrosion and leakage.