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 →
As a mom, I know handing out candy to trick-or-treaters on Halloween is both fun and expected. But as a pediatrician, I want to remind parents to pay attention to how much candy your kids are consuming and to consider mixing in alternatives to candy for the …Continue reading →
The new school year brings a lot of fun things — excitement, new friends, new teachers, after-school activities … but it can also bring about stress and headaches as homework piles up and tests loom around the corner.
Starting the year off right can help minimize a child’s stress levels throughout the year, which could lead to fewer …Continue reading →
Breathing in high levels of CO can cause loss of consciousness and death.
Severe storms — such as tornados and thunderstorms — strike most often in Wisconsin during the summer months when temperatures are warm. It’s important to know the danger isn’t over once the storm blows through — especially if power is knocked out.
Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning is the most common poison-related cause of hospitalization and death in the wake of …Continue reading →
Because of the way energy drinks are labeled, it can be difficult to know how much caffeine is in a drink.
They’re fruity, they taste good and they give you that boost of energy you need to get through the day. But energy drinks can be harmful. Toxicologists at Wisconsin Poison Center urge parents to use caution and common sense when using energy drink products — for yourself and especially for your children.
From Jan. 1 through April 30 this year, poison centers across the country received reports of 1,060 individual cases …Continue reading →
Potty training is an exciting milestone in your child’s life.
As a pediatrician at Southwest Pediatrics, I see a lot of parents who are frustrated with the process of potty training their toddler. Sometimes, it’s because parents are starting the process before their child is ready.
The average age of a girl to potty train is 3 years old and the average age for a boy is 4 years old. A lot of grandparents will say that their kids were trained way earlier than that, but that’s because adults were “trained” to put their kids on the toilet every 30 minutes.
Sparklers can burn at more than 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit.
As a nurse in the Burn Program at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, I’ve cared for kids who have suffered serious burns to their hands, feet, faces and bodies as a result of the careless use of fireworks.
Many people think sparklers are safe, but I know all too well that sparklers can be just as dangerous as larger fireworks, …Continue reading →
Very soon my second teenage daughter will be behind the wheel. (Gasp!) Recently, a friend who has a daughter enrolled in the classroom portion of driver’s education asked some of us more experienced parents how we prepared ourselves and our teens for the responsibility of driving. Here are some helpful tips:
1. Make a contract to emphasize driving is a privilege, not a right. Use the parent-teen driving contract found on the …Continue reading →