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No Child Left Behind: Overheating In Cars A Risk For Children Year-Round

Although the phrase “No Child Left Behind” has been criticized in the area of education, it can serve as a valuable reminder for public health purposes. Parents and caregivers should take the message to heart as a cue not to... more

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Celebrate The Season Safely

The time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s is full of excitement and busyness. The changes in surroundings—from putting out traditional decorations that are relegated to boxes the rest of the year to the installation of a decorated tree—can cause new... more

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Stranger Danger: How To Keep Your Kids Safe

“Out of sight, out of mind” is seldom true when it comes to your kids. An estimated 58,200 children are victims of non-family abduction each year, and nearly half are sexually assaulted. The media latches onto these stories of abduction,... more

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12 Water Safety Tips

I remember it clearly: My mom was busy talking to other grown-ups, and I was running around with my brothers and some friends. I’m not sure who—if anyone—was supposed to be watching us. I waded into the water after my... more

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10 Things You Probably Don’t Know About Sunscreen

New ingredients! New regulations! Each summer seems to bring a fresh wave of confusion to the sunscreen aisle. We understand it can be frustrating trying to figure out how to protect yourself and your family from sunburn and other sun-related... more

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Sometimes Monsters Are Real

My son is scared of the dark. I have been trying my best to convince him up, down, and sideways that there are NO monsters, they absolutely are not real, and he is totally safe.  But, deep down inside, I... more

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Practice Makes Perfect For Response To Anaphylaxis

Seconds count in responding to anaphylaxis, a serious allergic reaction with rapid onset that may result in death unless treated quickly with an injection of epinephrine. It may sound dramatic but there are no embellishments here. In fact, after a... more

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Safety Matters Most

Here’s a fact no parent wants to hear (but no one should ignore): Preventable injuries are the No. 1 cause of death for U.S. children 1 year of age and older. Each year, an estimated one million children worldwide are... more

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How Do I Take My Baby’s Temperature?

What is the safest and most effective way to take a baby’s temperature? more

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LATCH System Comes With A Warning

It is hard to imagine any piece of equipment that vexes parents more than the child safety seat. From the “buckets” of infancy through the “harness boosters” of toddlerhood and into the “booster seats” of the school years, these contraptions... more