"Teen-proofing" my house means keeping all medications locked up.Read More
Why injury? It's this simple: more children die from injuries every year than from the next three leading causes of death combined. Nobody knows this because no one is talking about it. In the U.S., one child dies every hour from an injury that could have been prevented. Around the world, a child dies every 30 seconds as the result of an injury. You don’t need to have a child to know that we can do better.
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Why take unnecessary risks when my kids are just as happy helping feed the sheep and water the horses?Read More
Keep an eye our for potential hazards while you enjoy the cool summer breeze across your shoeless piggies.Read More
My kids don’t seem to care that they don’t have sparklers because they still get a fun treat: glow sticks, bracelets, and necklacesRead More
Sunscreen. A word your children hate, if they’re anything like mine. It takes forever to put on, it’s slimy and sticky, and it keeps my kids inside for a few more minutes while they’re jumping up and down to go outside and play.
I have very fair skin and used to routinely get the type of burns that caused entire sheets of skin to peel off, much to the weird delight of my mom and sister, who liked the challenge of who could pull off the biggest section without tearing it. I didn’t enjoy it so much as I wouldn’t be able to wear certain clothes or take off my t-shirt at the beach until my skin healed.
My kids inherited the same fair skin, so I endure the whining and pleas to skip it just this one time because I know all too well the risks of going without sun protection. When I recently read an article in Time about the ineffectiveness of most sunscreen, I took a look at the bottles I have at home and was surprised to see that the brands I have chosen are on the not-so-good list.
In fact, I had fallen into the SPF trap: I assumed that SPF 100 was twice as good as SPF 50. Turns out that's not so: the US Food and Drug Administration says that SPF values above 50 do not offer any extra protection, so any SPF higher than that isn’t really doing anything. And by suggesting that the SPF values are higher, manufacturers have lead parents to believe that they’re protecting their children’s skin for a longer period of time. They won’t reapply sunscreen as often, setting kids up for sunburn.
Well, I’ve tossed those bottles and followed the recommendations for new ones. And even though the sprays are easier, I'm sticking with the lotions to give maximum protection to my kids. They may hate me for those few extra minutes, but they'll thank me later.
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In the summertime in the US, a child drowns in a portable pool every 5 days.Read More
Besides being reminded that my kids are teenagers and are going to test limits, I was also reminded that “child-proofing” didn’t end when my kids learned to safely walk up and down the stairs.Read More
The last time I heard the words "carbon monoxide" was back in my AP chemistry class.Read More
In 2014 alone, there were more 2300 liquid nicotine calls to poison centers for kids ages 5 years and younger, and at least one child died from swallowing some liquid nicotine in an eCig cartridge.Read More
The only working smoke alarm in the house was older than I am. WOW.Read More
Why is it that EVERY time a battery starts to go in the smoke alarms, it’s ALWAYS in the middle of the night? What’s wrong with 6 pm?Read More
Being safe doesn’t mean childhood can’t be fun.Read More
Even if you’re with your child at all times (which isn’t really possible, by the way), you might not be able to stop an injury from happening.Read More
I resolve to take action this year. I’m going to stop making excuses and stop telling myself that tragedy is not very likely to happen. I know better, so I am determined to do better.Read More
What is it that stops people from speaking up when they see a child safety issue? I haven’t figured that out yet, but it's worth a discussion.Read More
Last Christmas, though, we had to start the morning with a different type of adventure: a trip to the emergency roomRead More
These five tips can help you choose a safe toy for your child. Share these tips with everyone who is buying gifts for children this holiday season.Read More
Allowing your body to heal from injuries should never mean you’re not a champion.Read More
I had not heard the term “pretty poison” until a few months before I became a father. Pretty poisons are pretty terrifying.Read More
Injuries have an effect on more than just the people involved. Grief, confusion, and fear are natural reactions, and not knowing how to handle those emotions can be hard for kids.Read More