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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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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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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Bee stings.

Bee stings.

What should you do if your child gets a sting? If the insect left a stinger, gently scrape the skin with a credit card to remove it without breaking it. If you don’t have a credit card use your fingers. Do not twist or turn as you remove it as this could break the venom sack and spread it. Wash the area with soap and water. Apply a cold compress over the area for a few minutes. Apply calamine lotion for itching or a 1% hydrocortisone...

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