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 …Continue reading →

Why you shouldn’t trust a Google search to save your child’s life

Why you shouldn't trust a Google search to save your child's lifeWhile it may seem easier and more efficient to do a Google search and find out how to treat various ingestions, oftentimes you could be receiving the wrong information. Most people don’t have the medical knowledge to sift through the vast array of resources online, …Continue reading →

The auto show offers a perfect opportunity to review passenger safety

the Kohl’s Cares Grow Safe & Healthy Mobile Unit

Look for the Kohl’s Cares Grow Safe & Healthy Mobile Unit at the Greater Milwaukee Auto Show.

The Greater Milwaukee Auto Show is in town. For many families, this is a fun annual event — a way to experience, see and touch all of the latest makes and models of shiny new cars.

If you are headed to the Wisconsin Center this weekend, be sure to look for the Kohl’s Cares Grow Safe & Healthy Mobile Unit. This is the first …Continue reading →

Top 5 causes of poisonings in kids younger than 5

Top 5 causes of poisonings in kids younger than 5Kids who aren’t school-age yet are curious and can get into anything! While there are lots of dangerous items that can be appealing to a small child, here are the top five potential …Continue reading →

Here are some HOT tips to avoid frostbite

Here are some HOT tips to avoid frostbiteThis being Wisconsin, we still have more cold weather ahead of us, so it’s important for parents to understand the risk of frostbite during Winter weather.

Frostbite occurs when the skin and underlying tissues freeze. Even a short period of the skin being exposed to subfreezing temperatures can have long-term consequences such …Continue reading →

Swallowing tiny magnets: A big concern for children

Swallowing tiny magnets: A big concern for childrenPowerful, rare-earth (neodymium) magnets can cause serious injury and death if swallowed. They are up to ten times more powerful than traditional magnets and attract each other even if they are in different areas of the digestive system.

In the past, swallowed magnets generally could be treated with a wait-and-see approach, relying on them to pass without incident. With the proliferation of these small rare-earth …Continue reading →

How to make safety a priority for kids playing outside this winter

How to make safety a priority for kids playing outside this winter
Did you know that each winter 24,500 kids are injured in sledding accidents? About 3,000 of these kids suffer a serious brain injury as a result. Winter activities don’t have to be dangerous or have tragic consequences if safety is a top priority.

Following these tips to keep your kids safe while playing in the snow: …Continue reading →

Tips for transitioning your child out of a booster seat and into a seat belt

Tips for transitioning your child out of a booster seat and into a seat beltWe take time when we purchase our children’s shoes and clothes to make sure they fit correctly. We would never dress them in adult clothing. But do we take the same amount of time checking to make sure that the life saving system in our car (the seat belt) fits them correctly? We should — because it could save your child’s life.

Making the decision to put your child into the seat belt is a huge decision and you want to make sure that it fits before you use it without a booster seat. Seat belts are designed to …Continue reading →

Helping kids feel safe when they are scared

All of us at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin have learned how to talk to kids about scary things — from common medical procedures to complex surgery.

When violence occurs, we’re usually the experts about communication: use the right words, watch for signs of fear and offer distractions to make things easier.

Yesterday, Children’s Hospital was in the middle of the frightening incident. Our hospital …Continue reading →

Beware of disturbing trend: Candy laced with prescription or illicit drugs

Beware of disturbing trend: Candy laced with prescription or illicit drugs

Marijuana can be hidden in food products.

Wisconsin Poison Center wants parents to be aware of a new trend spreading across Wisconsin that’s all trick and no treat.

Suckers and toffee are being melted down purposely and laced with crushed prescription drugs or powdered illicit drugs. In particular, stimulants such as amphetamines have been discovered in these “treats.”

The intent is to mimic an ordinary candy sucker so it’s hard to detect. Lacing candy …Continue reading →