Steps to keep your infants safe.

Steps to keep your infants safe.

Steps to take to keep your infants safe. Put an infant to sleep on her back only. Use a safety approved mattress with a tightly fitted sheet. Never shake or play roughly with a baby. Put the poison control number near your phone. (U.S. 1-800-222-1222) Cover electrical outlets. Secure tip-over items like dressers, bookcases, flat screen TV’s or any other piece of standing furniture. Install a quality baby gate at the top and bottom of stairs....

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when does a wound need to be evaluated for stitching or suturing?

when does a wound need to be evaluated for stitching or suturing?

How to evaluate if an open wound needs stitching. Here are three ways to do so: 1. Look at the depth of the open wound. Can you see yellow, fatty tissue? Is there bone exposed? Is it more than 1/4 inch deep? 2. Look at the width of the wound. Can you pull the two sides together easily? Can you hold it together with bandaging? 3. Where is the wound located? Is it located where there is a lot of movement involved? For example, the elbow, knees,...

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What is a CPR party and how does it work?

What is a CPR party and how does it work?

It is a gathering in your home of your friends, family, babysitters, nannies and anyone else caring for your infants and children. Most people have never taken a CPR class because they simply never got around to it. It takes planning and the classes can be hours long and offered at inconvenient times. And besides, they focus mostly on adults. While it is very important to know what to do if your adult loved one collapses it is much scarier when...

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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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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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