Category Archives: Simply Safe

Tetanus: Wounds and Shots

I like to walk my dogs at the Bulb in Albany. If you’ve never been to the Bulb, it’s a former landfill on the San Francisco Bay that’s making the transition to natural, open space. It’s also a tetanus-prone wound … Continue reading

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Back to School

Lots of good information for the first day back to school and the new school year from the American Academy of Pediatrics is here. Includes information on that first day, backpacks, traveling to and from school, bullying and aftercare.   … Continue reading

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Riding Toys

Wheels. What fun! Ride on toys are terrific for toddlers. Look for low, stable toys, and a helmet. While balance bikes are the latest craze, learning to pedal is an important developmental achievement for your three year old. Again, low, … Continue reading

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Toy Shopping

Good info about best toys for children from Bananas in Oakland is here and the American Academy of Pediatrics has a link about choosing safe toys here. See also my previous posts on Old School Toys and Baby’s First Holiday … Continue reading

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My Kid Ate a Bug!

I’ve been a spokesperson for the American Academy of Pediatrics since 2003, and I get calls and emails from reporters all the time, and this was a fun one to do. My Kid Ate a Bug Should I Freak Out? … Continue reading

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Button Batteries

Button Batteries: they’re in everything from toys to hearing aids to thermometers and key fobs to remote controls. Don’t let them get inside your baby or child. Always secure the screw to draws that hold button batteries. Keep them away … Continue reading

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Water Safety

Sun, heat, summer! 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. … Continue reading

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Dog Bites

Teach 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

Looking 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 … Continue reading

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Baby Now and Zen: Medicine Cabinet

What should I have in the medicine chest circa 1940s? rectal thermometer absorbent cotton: one pound and toothpicks or toothpick swabs zinc ointment baby oil and cod liver oil These were suggested by Dr. Benjamin Spock in his classic baby care book. The … Continue reading

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