What you need to know in an emergency.

What you need to know in an emergency.

When there is an emergency it is important to have information at your fingertips. You may not remember it all in an emergency. It takes just a short amount of time to compile an information sheet either on the computer or in a book designated to your child. This can save critical minutes and help medical personnel to make quicker decisions. What should be on it? Your address. If a babysitter or family member is caring for your child they may...

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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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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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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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Gagging versus severe choking.

Gagging versus severe choking.

Gagging: Is normal Baby’s gag reflex is close to the front of the mouth. Gagging gets food or objects out of the back of mouth. Gagging is nature’s way of preventing airway obstruction. Baby is making sound such as coughing or the gagging sound. No need to intervene. Severe Choking: An object is lodged in the airway. There is no sound. The airway is blocked. There is no breathing or air movement. Baby’s color is blue around the lips. It’s a...

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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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