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 …Click here to 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 …Click here to 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: …Click here to 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 …Click here to continue reading

Why energy drinks may be a health hazard

Why energy drinks may be a health hazard

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 …Click here to continue reading

Fireworks on the 4th of July: 9 ways to keep your kids safe

Fireworks on the 4th of July: 9 ways to keep your kids safe

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, …Click here to continue reading

10 ways to prepare your teen for the responsibility of driving

Preparing teens for the responsibility of driving

Look who’s driving now: Your teen!

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 …Click here to continue reading

Car seat safety: 3 easy steps to ensure your child is riding safely

Summer is almost officially here and that means many families will be hitting the road for summer vacation. Before you leave, make sure your family is riding safely.

As a child safety advocate and certified car seat technician, I meet many families who think their children are riding safely, but they’re not. The most frequent mistake I see …Click here to continue reading

Parents beware of the latest teen dare: The Cinnamon Challenge

Parents beware of the latest teen dare: The Cinnamon Challenge

Some teens are being dared to swallow a spoonful of ground cinnamon.

With more teenagers home during the summer, be on the lookout for the Cinnamon Challenge. It begins with a teen being dared to swallow a spoonful of ground cinnamon without drinking water.

The cinnamon coats and dries the mouth and throat, causing gagging, vomiting, coughing, choking and throat irritation. People with asthma or other respiratory conditions are at greater risk of having …Click here to continue reading

How helmets can help prevent tragedies during “trauma season”

At Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, summer is “trauma season.” Birds are chirping, flowers are sprouting and kids are falling — off their bikes, scooters and while on their in-line skates. Last weekend, our Emergency Department admitted 12 kids with injuries related to summer activities. Half of them were bicycle injuries.

As a parent, we have many responsibilities, but none is more important than being a role model. Trust me — kids are watching. A couple of weeks ago, I bought my daughter a pair of in-line skates for her birthday. I have been blading for years, and she was excited to join …Click here to continue reading