Water Safety

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Stay safe in the water with tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics

Video about swimming and water safety is here.

Print information about sunscreen, heat stress in children, pool, open water, and boating safety is here.

 

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Dog Bites

DogTeach all kids how to be safe around dogs.

Tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics are here.

 

https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/news-features-and-safety-tips/Pages/Dog-Bite-Prevention-Tips-2016.aspx?nfstatus=401&nftoken=00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000&nfstatusdescription=ERROR%3a+No+local+token

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Social Media Resources for Parents

First Aid BadgeLooking for help and advice on setting safe online and media limits? Families can learn and develop house rules with help from the following resources:

Common Sense Media

Safekids.com

American Academy of Pediatrics Kidshealth.org

National Children’s Advocacy Center

New York Public Library

Palo Alto Medical Foundation Internet Safety

 

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Constipation, Bedwetting and Urinary Tract Infections

UrologyNewsletter.Cover.2016UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital has an excellent information for parents developed by the department of urology. Its UrologyNewsletter.2016 provides information about childhood constipation, urinary tract infections and bedwetting. The booklet is 20 pages long, and you’ll find a table of contents on page 2 of the pdf.

Topics include:

Stool retention (constipation) and urologic problems: page 3

Bladder dysfunction: page 7

Urinary tract infection and vesicureteral reflux (VUR): page 10

Bedwetting: page 12

Urologic tests: page 15

Resources for parents: page 16

Poop chart: page 19

 

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Blood Drawing for Children

Children’s Oakland/UCSF offers pediatric blood draw at their Shadelands location.

As always, check to make sure this location is a covered benefit with your health insurance.

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Teething Gives Babies Teeth

Baby ToothNew research confirms that symptoms like fever, a runny nose and diarrhea are not caused by teething.

Teething can make babies cranky, rub their gums and drool.

Think about when you lost teeth in grade school–did you have a fever or diarrhea? How about those times when the tooth fairy came? Were you sick every time?

The only thing that teething gives you is teeth.

Read about the study published in Pediatrics February 2016 here.

For more information on baby’s first tooth and teething research, check out this post.

 

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Fueling Your Workout

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After school practice? Make sure to fuel up at lunch with lean protein and complex carbohydrates. This gives the body time to digest the meal and prime muscles for a work out. After school, have something light and hydrate.

Find good ideas for the pre-practice refuel in Fuel_Your_Workout.

 

 

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Snacks

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What’s a snack?

The definition is like best says,

A snack is less than 100 calories, contains no added sugar, is low in fat and has less than 500 milligrams of salt.

This rules out the things sold as so-called snacks: chips, cookies, processed bars and even flavored yogurt.

Fruits and vegetables make great snacks. Read more here for the link to the Center for Science in the Public Interest with snack ideas and their Pinterest feed.

Kids should have breakfast, lunch and dinner. Something healthy can be offered mid-morning and/or after school. Foods fed at those times shouldn’t be more attractive than the regular meal or kids will eat enough to get by and not eat what’s being served at the regular meals.

Parents should define what’s allowed between meals. One strategy is to limit the list of approved self-serve items to foods that a hungry kid would eat but a bored kid might pass up. Apples and pears and baby carrots work well. Read more about this approach here.

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Spring Break

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Tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics for a great spring vacation are here.

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Constipation and Bedwetting

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If your child has struggled with hard stools and constipation or wetting accidents during the day or night, check out this book with explanations and home strategies.

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