We 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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 …Continue reading →
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 …Continue reading →
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 …Continue reading →