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

How to know when your child is ready to stay home alone

How to know when your child is ready to stay home alone

Many kids come home after school to empty houses, and for a new set of tweens, this school year will mark the first time they are allowed to do this.

As parents, we know once kids reach middle school they become more independent and responsible for making the right decisions to keep themselves safe. But how do you know …Click here to continue reading

Tips for parents: Getting kids in back-to-school shape

Tips for parents: Getting kids in back-to-school shapeIt’s about that time on the calendar when children’s groans change from “I’m bored!” to “Summer’s over already?” Another school year is upon us, and in addition to making sure your young scholars have all the pens, pencils and paper they need, it’s also part of your …Click here to continue reading

Top 5 causes of poisoning in teens

Top 5 causes of poisoning in teensSome teenagers are looking for ways to get high. They are finding dangerous options to push boundaries and often are not thinking about consequences. Under the influence of one drug it has been shown that teenagers are more apt to experiment with another set of …Click here to continue reading