Keeping Kids Safe from Medication

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It is 11pm on a wintry February night. A mother gives liquid Tylenol to her sick child. Exhausted, the mother returns to bed and then remembers the Tylenol is still on the bathroom counter. She makes a mental note to move it before her child wakes up, but it is in a convenient spot if she needs to get up to administer it again.

Fast forward 14 hours when the child comes to the mother and informs her, “See Mama, I gave myself my own medication.” Sure enough, the child’s face has all the tell-tale signs of swallowed sugary syrup.

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Identifying Developmental Delays

Early identification of children with delays in their development is important because there are programs that can help boost their progress in key areas and make them more successful as they start school. Well-child checks are an important time to monitor development in speech, motor skills like walking and hand-eye coordination, and social skills like smiling, playing with others, and using their imagination.

Recently, formal questionnaires have been developed for parents to fill out that help families and their doctor track a child’s progress in these key areas. Parents are experts on their own children, and these questionnaires are a good way to tap into that expertise.

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Small Items Can Pose the Most Danger: Preventing Choking in Infants and Toddlers

Gus was born in February – he’s our first child. My wife and I truly enjoy being parents. One of the most amazing things has been watching Gus develop. At times it seems he learns to do something entirely new every day or two. He has become very interested in the world around him, and his manual dexterity has improved to allow him to interact with his environment. At this stage, as part of the process of discovery, everything he gets his hands on goes directly into his mouth. Unfortunately, his swallowing coordination and his ability to judge what is safe to ingest (and what is not) have not developed yet.

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Sweet Dreams for Preschoolers

Sleeping ToddlerMany of us are sleep deprived these days including our children. One of the common culprits of too little sleep and often disrupted sleep is television.

A recent study found that sleep problems were more common in 3 to 5 year olds who watched more television after 7pm. According to the study, about 20 percent of the 112 children involved had sleep problems almost every day of the week. Their issues included difficulty falling asleep, waking up during the night, nightmares and being sleepy during the day. The children who watched violent television at night had the most sleep problems.

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Water Safety

Water activities can be great fun but water safety needs to be strictly observed. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that children should have swimming lessons, but even the most experienced swimmers need to be smart and pay attention while in the water. There are a few things you should do to ensure everyone remains safe while having fun in the water:

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