How kids can stay safe and keep away the summertime blues

How kids can stay safe and keep away the summertime bluesSummertime is a chance for kids to get some rest and relaxation, but one thing parents should never take a break from is making sure their kids are safe while enjoying these carefree days.

Did you know, for instance, that thousands of children in the United States are injured each year by lawn mowers? Or that just a few serious sunburns can increase your child’s risk for …Click here to continue reading

Stick the landing on safety when it comes to trampolines and kids

Stick the landing on safety when it comes to trampolines and kidsIt’s hard to argue with the simple pleasure that comes with jumping up and down on a trampoline, but it’s also impossible to ignore the significant health risk it poses.

A growing number of medical professionals — including yours truly — are discouraging the use of backyard trampolines, if not pushing for an outright ban on them, at least when it …Click here to continue reading

Seconds count in a water emergency

Daniel Baker

Summer and water go hand in hand in Wisconsin. Whether you plan to spend time at a community or backyard pool or on a lake, it’s important for parents, caregivers and children to know how to stay safe in and around water — and that seconds count in a water emergency.

Julie Baker of Franksville, Wis., learned that first-hand the day her son Daniel nearly drowned. Here is Daniel’s story: …Click here to continue reading

The power of partnership in injury prevention

Kohl’s Cares Grow Safe & Healthy ProgramKohl’s Cares® announced today the renewal of its partnership with Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin with a donation of $3.7 million over the next three years.

This generous donation supports the Kohl’s Cares Grow Safe & Healthy Program, an outreach program designed to teach children how to stay safe in their environments — in the …Click here to continue reading

Top 3 causes of poisoning in tweens (ages 9 to 12)

Top 3 causes of poisoning in tweens (ages 9 to 12)Children 9 to 12 years old are in between middle childhood and true adolescence. This is a time of rapid development. Many tweens are still kids, while others are mimicking their teenage counterparts.

One of the ways they may act more like teenagers is in experimentation regarding …Click here to continue reading

Rashes and coughs concern parents the most

Children's On Call mobile appEvery child has occasional health issues that concern parents. Ever wonder if the issues that concern you are unique?

Thanks to the Children’s On Call mobile app launched earlier this year, we now have a glimpse into what’s concerning parents. If you aren’t familiar with the app, it provides guidance on the appropriate level of medical care for common health problems, as well as …Click here to continue reading

Medicine Collection Day: A prescription for clean water and safe kids

Medicine Collection Day: A prescription for clean water and safe kidsAcross the U.S., Medicine Collection Day will be held on Saturday, April 26. This is a great way to safely dispose of unused medicines. This event is held in conjunction with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

In 2013, 56 percent of calls to the Wisconsin Poison Center involved either prescription or …Click here to continue reading

Top 5 causes of poisonings in children ages 5-10

Top 5 causes of poisonings in children ages 5-10Once children are in elementary school, they are more familiar with the concept of accidental ingestion of a poison. But kids have a natural curiosity, and they often don’t think about the consequences of their actions. Children may think they know what something is …Click here to continue reading

Infographic: Tips for traveling with kids

Infographic: Tips for traveling with kidsSpring break is approaching, and a family trip might be in your future. Whether it’s a short trip to visit grandparents or a trip across the country, traveling with children sometimes can be challenging. If you’re planning a family trip, consider choosing a destination where …Click here to continue reading

Learn when to call the Wisconsin Poison Center: (800) 222-1222

Keep the Wisconsin Poison Center phone number handyAccidental ingestions can occur anywhere — at home, at a family member’s house, in the park, at the mall — wherever you travel. One statewide resource that is constant is the Wisconsin Poison Center.

Program the number of the Wisconsin Poison Center in your cell phone: (800) 222-1222. Wherever you go, this toll-free number will connect you to certified poison specialists for …Click here to continue reading