How to ensure holiday gatherings are safe and poison free for kids

How to ensure holiday gatherings are safe and poison free for kidsThe holiday season is here, and it can be a joyous time for kids and adults. It’s also a time when decorating, entertaining and festivities can distract from child safety. Following are some poison prevention safety tips to keep in mind when celebrating with family and friends …Click here to continue reading

Colds, strep throat and dry skin: Keeping kids healthy in winter

Colds, strep throat and dry skin: Keeping kids healthy in winterThe return of winter might have a lot of us bummed out, but what’s even more of a drag is all the illnesses and ailments the cold season brings with it.

Yes, it’s time to start preparing for colds, flu, strep throat, croup, ear infections, dry skin — all those health issues that tend to pop up in children as the temperature drops. And often these …Click here to continue reading

Ear buds and headphones: Safe listening tips for kids and teens

Ear buds and headphones: Safe listening tips for kids and teensThere’s a big push to pay attention to how much “screen time” kids have these days, with electronic tablets now becoming more commonplace in schools as well as at home. Part of that effort should also be focused on the impact this has on their hearing.

While there are many different causes of noise-induced hearing loss, the pervasiveness of …Click here to continue reading

Why car seats and bulky coats are an unsafe, wintry mix

The dangers of winter coats and car seats: What parents need to knowPuffy winter coats affect how the harness in a car seat fits your child. The extra padding added by a coat makes it impossible to get the harness to fit correctly.

Even though it might feel like the harness is snug, in a crash the extra material will compress, therefore making the harness too loose to be effective. Loose harness straps on a car seat …Click here to continue reading

Steps to prevent household poisonings in children

Steps to prevent household poisonings in childrenWhen it comes to keeping kids healthy in the winter months, much of the discussion rightfully focuses on preventing sickness and disease. But another aspect that should remain in the forefront, regardless of the time of year, is the danger posed by poisons found in the …Click here to continue reading

Milwaukee-area kids star in Hollywood-style premiere of Spriggy SafeT-V webisodes

Milwaukee-area kids star in Hollywood-style premiere of Spriggy SafeT-V webisodes

Local stars of the new Spriggy SafeT-V webisodes ham it up at the premiere.

Lights, camera, action! More than 50 people attended a Hollywood-style movie premiere Saturday at the Rite-Hite Family YMCA in Brown Deer, Wis. Three new and engaging videos starring more than 60 Milwaukee-area children were shown on the big screen, and …Click here to continue reading

10 tips to keep your children safe on Halloween

10 tips to keep ghosts and goblins safe on HalloweenHalloween is a popular time of year for kids and families. Making or choosing costumes, decorating and coordinating trick-or-treat plans with friends often are all part of the excitement and fun. But Halloween comes with its own set of safety risks. Here are 10 tips to …Click here to continue reading

Tips for parents: Your child is sick and you’re worried

Your child is sick and you’re worriedYour child’s been sneezing, wheezing, coughing and just doesn’t feel good. And with all the media attention surrounding Enterorvirus EV-D68, you may be even more on edge. You’re …Click here to continue reading

Bridging our partnership: Ronald McDonald House and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

Bridging our partnership: Ronald McDonald House and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin

3-year-old Lydia and Ronald McDonald joined patient families and guests in a ribbon cutting, followed by the first official walk across the new pedestrian sky bridge.

As we celebrate our 30th year of Ronald McDonald House serving families with critically ill or injured children, the completion of the pedestrian sky bridge over Watertown Plank Road signifies a great achievement. We celebrated the milestone with a ribbon cutting today.

Now we can offer a solution to our families for a safe and efficient way to cross Watertown Plank Road to and from Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. The bridge also represents the …Click here to continue reading

Children and the outbreak of hand-foot-and-mouth disease

Children and the outbreak of hand-foot-and-mouth disease

We are seeing a nationwide outbreak of hand-foot-and-mouth disease (HFMD) this summer, with more cases than in recent years. HFMD is a common infection in children. It usually causes sores in the mouth and a rash on the hands, feet or buttocks, sometimes …Click here to continue reading