Learn more about the hand sanitizer you use regularly to prevent alcohol poisoning in children.
It's important for children, especially under the age of 17, to wear a helmet for winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding and ice skating. Be sure to ski and snowboard with a buddy for safety:
Help prevent frostbite by making sure your child is dressed properly and is well-covered from head to toe:
Without proper safety measures, children could end up with hearing loss, communication difficulties and distressing symptoms of ear-ringing, aural fullness, sensitivity and pain. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/21/parenting/children-headphones-hearing-loss.html
Window blind cords have been recognized as a safety hazard for young children for more than 70 years. Research by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the National Safety Council reminds parents and care-givers to be vigilant. https://www.nsc.org/safety-first-blog/window-blinds-can-pose-a-serious-danger-to-children
Nationally recognized child and teen psychologist, Dr. Lisa Damour, gives guidance to teenagers on managing their mental and physical health during these uncertain times. This article appeared in the New York Times on September 29, 2020. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/29/well/family/teenagers-emotional-well-being-pandemic.html
Is your child pulling or rubbing on his ear? Is there redness and swelling near the outer ear? Ear infections are a very common childhood illness, especially in children under age 5. See how "Nick" is treated for ear pain at KIDS Urgent Care. https://youtu.be/bonLdvB0I4g
Keep cleaning products, medication, vitamins and even natural supplements out of children's reach. Call 911 or the POISON HOTLINE 1-800-222-1222 if you need emergency help. Read the CDC's Child Poisoning Prevention article here.
Kids aren't as scared when they know what to expect. Share our cute 30 second video with your child before he/she comes for her vaccine. https://youtu.be/uE8WrJutEN8
Balloons can be fun and festive however they can pose a choking hazard. Take precautions using and disposing of balloons properly. For more information, visit this link:
Family scavenger hunts, backyard movies, and costume parades are all great options for keeping kids safe while celebrating Halloween this year. Be creative and stay positive and kids will still have fun! Read Halloween recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics
Is it a cold, seasonal allergy or something more serious? It's hard to tell, especially in children. Watch our video to see how our caring pediatricians check kids for allergies and illnesses. https://youtu.be/f0_GRO0wwFw
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu (influenza) vaccine for all children 6 months and older, ideally by the end of October. This year the Flu vaccination could also reduce symptoms that might be confused with those caused by COVID-19 thereby helping to reduce strain on our healthcare system. Read the complete recommendation from the CDC and Mayo Clinic.
Conversations with your teen or 'tween won't always be big. Little talks and short moments are OK. Just be available, keep trying and keep listening say these teenager specialists at the Cleveland Clinic. https://health.clevelandclinic.org/how-to-talk-to-your-teen-when-he-or-she-doesnt-want-to-talk/
When children know what to expect doctor visits are less scary. Watch our X-Ray video with your child and prepare your child for the easy X-Ray room experience at KIDS Urgent Care. https://youtu.be/AhfYqGm2Q08
The American Academy of Pediatrics explains a few types of COVID-19 tests for children. Our pediatricians will help determine if your child should be tested and what type of test would be best.
The World Health Organization says "no." SARS-CoV2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) is a respiratory virus that is almost exclusively contained within the lungs and respiratory tract of infected people, and rarely gets into the blood.
The American Academy of Pediatrics shares this video on the proper fit of a face mask to protect children from COVID-19. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05FEAJh_tNE
Watch this kid-friendly video with your child before their COVID-19 test. The Mayo Clinic did a wonderful job explaining the nasal swab test process. Help ease their potential fear and anxiety for an easier, more comfortable experience. https://youtu.be/mCIDZ9DsaKU
See FEMA's safety reminders, applicable to everyone, when outdoors after a tornado-like storm. https://nextdoor.com/post/157830695?init_source=copy_link_share
Research by UC Health, the CDC and other medical authorities have found no evidence that COVID-19 can spread through water in pools, water parks and lakes. All sources remind occupants to practice social distancing protocols in and out of the water and wash hands frequently to be safe. For more information, read UC Health's article by Katie Kerwin McCrimmon, May 21, 2020
Ice cream headache is what is known as “referred pain”. It can happen when a sudden change occurs in one part of the body, but signals pain in another. When something very cold is eaten quickly the tiny muscles around the blood vessels in the palate suddenly tighten and relax but the sensation is experienced higher up in the head. Read the Johns Hopkins article to learn more. (PS. This headache, while painful, is harmless.)
Learn more about choking hazards and preventing choking among children: https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/125/3/601
Concussions are typically caused by a hit to the head or body that causes the head and brain to move quickly back and forth inside the skull. Learn more about preventing, identifying and treating concussions here: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/injuries-emergencies/sports-injuries/Pages/Concussions.aspx
Click here to learn more about immunization guideline recommendations: https://www.healthychildren.org/english/safety-prevention/immunizations/Pages/default.aspx
Learn more about preventing, identifying and treating lead poisoning from these two sources: https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/all-around/Pages/Lead-Screening-for-Children.aspx
Click here to learn more about the different kinds of COVID-19 tests and see which works best for you and your child. https://www.aappublications.org/news/2020/06/23/parentplus061820
Check out this symptom checker to get an idea of what might be going on:
If your child has been injured or ill, they usually can't wait to get back to their sport. When can they return? KIDS Urgent Care can work with you on a plan. Here is an informational article to start the discussion with us:
If you think your child has either a sprain or break, please see us for an evaluation and x-ray because breaks can be hidden in children. Find out more about sprains, strains and breaks:
The fear of needles is real in children (and even adults!). Help your child get through getting shots with these tips:
Learn about the different types of COVID tests for your child here: