Febrile seizures.

Febrile seizures.

What are febrile seizures? They are seizures or convulsions that occur in about 2-5% of young children between 6 months and five years old that are triggered by a high fever. The risk peaks during the second year of life. It may accompany a cold, ear infection or flu. In some cases a child may not have a fever at the time of the seizure, but will develop one a few hours later. What happens? The child will lose consciousness and both arms and...

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Avoid hot car deaths.

Avoid hot car deaths.

The greatest percentage of deaths from leaving a child in a hot car are unintentional. The parents are not “bad” parents. It is a result of forgetfulness in most cases. A parent just forgets about the child in the back of the car. Heat stroke is the second leading cause of non-traffic deaths among children. The inside of a car heats up quickly with 80% of the increase in temperature happening in the first 10 minutes. A childs’...

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It’s Tick Time.

It’s Tick Time.

Ticks look like a small dark dot on the skin. They must be attached for more than 24 hours to transmit Lyme bacteria. What do you do if your child gets bitten by one of these annoying pests? Remove it immediately. Use pointed tweezers. Grasp the tick tightly and pull straight up until it lets go. Put it in a ziplock bag. Take a photo of it. Call the doctor. Prevention: Perform daily rigorous checks. Cover up with long sleeved shirts and tuck...

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Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional deaths in children 1-4

Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional deaths in children 1-4

From Memorial Day through Labor Day 2017*, at least 163 children younger than age 15 fatally drowned in swimming pools or spas, according to media reports compiled by the USA Swimming Foundation, a Pool Safely campaign partner. Of the 163 reports, 112 of the victims — nearly 70 percent — were children younger than age five. During the same timeframe in 2016, 205 children younger than age 15 drowned in swimming pools or spas,...

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