Should your child get a flu shot?

Should your child get a flu shot?

The flu can be very dangerous and young children are at the highest risk of getting it. The flu spreads when someone with the flu coughs and sneezes. The virus is in the air and anyone breathing can get infected. The virus can also be on surfaces such as toys and when your child touches that surface and puts her hands to her nose, eyes or mouth she can become infected. The symptoms include: Congestion Headache Vomiting Sore throat Cough Fever...

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How to remove a tick.

How to remove a tick.

Ticks and Lyme disease. New Jersey is a hot spot for Lyme disease. The ticks are found in wooded areas with lots of bushes and grasses. The disease is transmitted to humans from infected deer and mice ticks from about May to September. The tick is typically found in warm moist areas such as underarms, back of the knees. The tick must be attached to the human host for at least 36 to 48 hours to transmit disease. It attaches and feeds from the...

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National Poison Prevention week 2016.

National Poison Prevention week 2016.

John F. Kennedy who proclaimed National Poison Prevention Week in early 1962, together with his son, John F. Kennedy Jr. National Poison Prevention Week is particularly concerned with preventing the poisoning of children, who are the major victims of poisoning. According to the CPSC an estimated 85,000 children younger than 5 are unintentionally poisoned each year in the U.S. Poisoning can happen when a child swallows medications, liquid...

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First aid for animal bites in children.

First aid for animal bites in children.

An animal bite can become infected due to bacteria in the animals mouth. It is very important to make sure your childs’ tetanus is up to date. Most animal bites are from dogs and cats. If your child is bitten by a wild animal it is important to report it to animal control. The animal may need to be captured and tested for rabies. Raccoons, foxes and bats carry and can transmit rabies. What should you do for an animal bite? Apply pressure...

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Frostnip.

Frostnip.

It’s the time of year for outdoor fun. While playing outdoors in winter can be healthy and packed with fun for your child you need to be aware of some dangers. Children are at a greater risk of experiencing frostnip and frostbite because they lose heat from their skin more rapidly and they tend stay outside longer because they’re having so much fun. Frostnip also known as (Chillblains) is a milder form of frostbite. It is sometimes...

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Rethinking SIDS.

Rethinking SIDS.

Rethinking SIDS: Many Deaths No Longer A Mystery   i Many cases once thought to be sudden infant death syndrome are now believed to be accidents caused by unsafe sleep practices. The image above shows a crib with a teddy bear and bumper — items the American Academy of Pediatrics warns against putting in your baby’s crib. The thought of a baby dying suddenly and unexpectedly is one that keeps parents awake at night, fearing the worst....

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