Don't Dodge the Alcohol Talk
Fri, 9/28/2012 2:33 PM
Many parents have concerns about the choices their child is making when it comes to underage drinking. This is an issue that requires a real commitment from both of the parents. Alcohol can be dangerous, and teens and young adults aren’t always aware of its consequences. We talked to Dr. Katie Alvord, a local pediatrician, about some signs of alcohol use parents should watch for. Here’s what she had to say:
“Parents should start talking to their kids about drugs and alcohol around the age of 12 -- and keep talking about it. There’s no limit to how often you can discuss the risks, dangers and consequences of alcohol. Parents should make the point that alcohol is often associated with making poor choices. In this day in time, especially with social media, making bad choices can have very long-term affects. Try not to sound close-minded when you have your discussions; kids should feel comfortable talking about it with you. An open relationship and a good comfort level is key when it comes to parenting. When you can get your child to be open and honest, you’re doing the right things.”
There are some specifics signs that should cause concern. Here’s a watch list from www.antidrug.com.
Pet Therapy at Le Bonheur
Mon, 9/24/2012 3:54 PM
We thought our readers might enjoy this segment that aired recently on WHBQ Fox13. Reporter Sarah Bleau takes a look inside Le Bonheur's Pet Therapy Program, which helps patients cope with being at the hospital. Learn why it works!
Flu Vaccine: 2012 Guidelines
Fri, 9/21/2012 11:15 AM
Recommendations for this year’s flu season urge parents to get all children ages 6 months and older vaccinated against the flu. Updated guidelines were published Sept. 10 in Pediatrics, the journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).
Those who regularly care for a young child are especially encouraged to be immunized, the guidelines state. Children ages 2 years and younger are considered at high-risk for influenza-associated hospitalization. Other high risk groups include:
Here’s what you need to know about the flu vaccine this year, as outlined by the AAP:
For more information about the flu vaccine, visit the AAP’s website or consult your child's pediatrician.
Child Passenger Safety Week
Wed, 9/19/2012 1:30 PM
This week is Child Passenger Safety Week. Check out the information below from Safe Kids USA for information on how to ensure your children are safe in the car.
Parents are making five critical, but fixable, mistakes when using child safety seats, according to new data announced recently.
“Correctly used child safety seats can reduce the risk of death by as much as 71 percent,” said Susan Helms, director of injury prevention and Safe Kids at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. “Engineers are working hard to ensure cars and child safety seats are designed to keep kids as safe as possible. But it’s up to every parent to take full advantage of these innovations by making sure child safety seats are used and installed correctly.”
Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death to children ages 1 to 14. In a nationwide effort to educate parents about the importance of child safety seats, Safe Kids and the General Motors Foundation are asking every parent to take 15 minutes for an at-home car seat checkup using the Safe Kids downloadable checklist.
Car Seat Checkup Checklist
The at-home checklist is meant to be a first step. Parents are encouraged to read the vehicle and child safety seats instruction manuals to help with the checklist. Certified child passenger safety technicians are also available to provide one-on-one “hands-on” help with installation. You may call the coalition at (901) 287-6730 to make an appointment.
Getting Your Child to Sleep
Mon, 9/17/2012 12:28 PM
Last week, Pediatrics, the official journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, published a research article investigating the positives and negatives of behavioral infant sleep intervention for infants who cry when put to bed. Thomas Hobson, director of Child Life at Le Bonheur, weighs in on this topic below.
It is not uncommon for infants between the ages of 6 – 12 months to develop parent-reported sleep problems. These are well, healthy children who all of the sudden cry, get upset, etc., when put down to sleep. The study found there are two best practices – called controlled comforting and camping out – that effectively address the behavior and have no long-term impact on the child.
Dealing with behavioral sleep issues with your child is a common experience for many parents – and it can be exhausting. So, I thought I would share some tips and tricks, applying the two practices mentioned in the Pediatrics article.
My 6 – 12-month-old infant starts crying when put to bed.
Camping out: When the infant is put to bed, the parent stays in the room. The parent sits in the room, letting then child learn to fall asleep on his or her own. As the child learns to fall asleep on his own, the parent slowly removes himself/herself from the room.
My toddler/pre-schooler won’t stay in bed.
My child keeps getting into my bed in the middle of the night.
When one of your children is having a behavioral-based sleep issue, it’s exhausting for both you and your child. Unfortunately, when you’re tired, you’re more likely to cave in or let this behavior become the “new normal.” The truth is there are great approaches that you can use that will help both you and your child. Yes, they will take some effort on the front end, but not nearly as much as you think.
Kids and Head Lice
Fri, 9/14/2012 10:46 AM
If you have a child in school, you may have gotten the dreaded letter about head lice in the class. Lice can be common in children, but there are things parents can do to prevent their child from getting them. We talked to Dr. Kip Frizzell, local pediatrician and director of the Coordination of Care for Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. Here’s what he had to say.
“Head lice are ectoparasites, meaning that they live on or within the skin rather than inside the body. They are mostly common among preschool and school age-children and they are very contagious. Having head lice has nothing to do with a child’s hygiene or the cleanliness of their household. Despite these being the facts, in many instances the parent and the child feel embarrassed for having it.
An adult head louse is tan or grayish white and about the size of a sesame seed. The eggs are located at the base of the hair strand and are colored to match the color of the hair. This is why lice are so hard to see. The hatched eggs are much easier to see because they become white in color. Usually, it’s easier to see the eggs at the nape of the neck or behind the ears.
Lice can’t live away from a host for more than 24 hours and cannot jump from one person’s head to another. Transmission is usually from direct head to head contact or from kids sharing things such as hats, coats, pillows or clothing.
The best prevention is to be informed about any outbreaks of lice. If your child has been exposed, check them daily looking closely around the neck, ears and individual hairs. If you notice that lice are there, it’s best to call the pediatrician for treatment options.
It is important to understand that lice aren’t caused by bad hygiene. Many of the parents I see are embarrassed about having it. Don’t be; lice are just a pesky, really contagious problem that many, many people have to deal with.”
Recall: Blind Xpress Window Blinds
Tue, 9/11/2012 4:27 PM
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a recall of more than 450,000 horizontal and vertical window blinds made by Blind Xpress, a Michigan-based company. The recall was made after a 2-year-old was reportedly strangled in the blind’s cord in 2009.
The recall includes all Blind Xpress custom-made vertical blinds (sold throughout Michigan, Ohio and Indiana) without a cord-tensioning device that attaches to a wall or floor. It also involves Blind Xpress horizontal blinds without inner cord stop devices.
This recall serves a good reminder for parents to be mindful of the danger of exposed cords – such as those of window blinds – that are a strangulation hazard.
Unofficial End of Summer Safety
Thu, 9/06/2012 1:54 PM
Labor Day marks the unofficial end of summer, but there will likely be many more sunshine-filled days to enjoy traveling and social gatherings with friends and family. You will probably be on the road or near water so Safe Kids Mid-South, led by Le Bonheur Children’s Hospita,l wants you to keep the following safety tips in mind to keep your family safe.
Inside the Vehicle
Child Safety Seat Basics
In or Near Water
Hormones: How Do They Affect Kids?
Tue, 9/04/2012 1:02 PM
Hormones. We all have them, but what are they and how do they affect our behavior or moods? At what age should parents expect to see hormonal or physical changes in their children? We asked Dr. Robert Ferry, a Le Bonheur pediatric endocrinologist, to answer some of parents' most common questions about hormones.
What are hormones?
How do they affect girls/boys?
What age should I expect changes?
Do hormones change their behavior?
Reassure your child about normal changes associated with puberty. Answer your child's questions directly but at a level appropriate to the question. Most children do not require detailed answers so much as they want reassurance that you will be candid and, as a parent, care about her/his concerns.
Are there tips for how to handle a pre-teen child who seems to be especially emotional?
I've noticed my daughter had strong body odor and was extremely irritable with her family. Now she seems to be calmer and her body odor has improved. Does that involve hormone changes?
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