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 →

Try these alternatives to candy for trick-or-treaters on Halloween

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 →

Help your child minimize headaches this school year

How to help your child minimize headaches this school year

Stress at school can trigger a headache.

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 →

Why storms and power outages increase your family’s chances for carbon monoxide poisoning

Why storms and power outages increase your family’s chances for carbon monoxide poisoning

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 →

5 steps to eliminating common outdoor poisonings

5 steps to eliminating common outdoor poisonings

Keep chemicals away from children.

If your kids enjoy playing outside, they could get into some dangerous situations with outdoor poisons. Many family garages and sheds are home to lawn chemicals, fluids, paints and pesticides.

Here are some basic tips to help keep your children — and yourself — safe: …Continue reading →

Join our Aug. 30 Twitter chat focused on safe teen driving

Join our Aug. 30 Twitter chat focused on safe teen driving

Join our Twitter chat to discuss safe teen driving during back-to-school season.

I am excited to announce Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin is hosting a live Twitter chat Aug. 30 to discuss safe teen driving during back-to-school season.

Parents and teens are encouraged to join our motor vehicle safety experts and medical professionals to discuss:

  • How to talk to your teen about distracted driving
  • Tips to help your teen avoid texting and driving
  • The effectiveness of safe driving pledges …Continue reading →