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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Archive for the ‘Safety’ Category

Now hear this! Noisy toys could damage a child’s hearing

With the holidays in full swing, parents are combing the aisles to find the perfect toys for their kids. It’s always important to look at age recommendations and any warnings on the packaging. But have you ever considered how noisy a toy is? Did you know that noisy toys can potentially damage a child’s hearing? […]

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Holiday travel with kids? Stay safe

Thanksgiving, travel, holiday travel

Travel can jumble regular routines for young children and their parents. Changes in sleeping schedules and arrangements, more people staying in a house that may not have the same level of baby-proofing as yours, and plenty of opportunities for distraction can increase the risk of accidents.

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Swim season brings drowning risks; Here’s how to keep kids safe

Swim season is here, and while it’s a favorite time for kids and families to start enjoying the Valley’s many pools and water parks, it’s also a time to be hyper-vigilant about water safety. Melissa Sutton, president of the Drowning Prevention Coalition of Arizona, has comforted too many families who have lost loved ones to […]

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Dr. Cara Christ works to boost vaccination rates, curtail childhood obesity

After taking her 5-month-old daughter and two sons to Disneyland in late 2014, Dr. Cara Christ got a very personal reminder about the importance of childhood vaccinations. The very same time she and her family visited, an outbreak of measles had begun at the California theme park. Ultimately, more than 145 people across the United […]

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Night of the Living Will: free legal help for families

Nothing could be more frightening than being forced to make tough decisions about a loved one’s health or long-term care when they can’t participate in the discussion. To remove that “specter” — and because it’s nearing Halloween — volunteer lawyers dressed as storybook characters will provide free assistance to families needing to establish healthcare directives […]

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How to handle conflicting advice on infant care

conflicting advice on infant care

When it comes to finding trusted information on infant feeding, vaccines and sleep environments, where do new mothers get their information? Researchers at Boston Medical Center surveyed a nationally representative sample of 1,031 mothers of infants ages 2 to 6 months about advice they receive from doctors, nurses, family and media about pacifier use, breastfeeding, […]

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Water safety begins at bath time

water safety, swim lessons, bath time,

How soon should parents begin introducing water safety to children? With that very first bath, says Sue Mackie, executive director of the United States Swim School Association (USSSA). Instead of treating bath time as a chore, Mackie says that “parents can use it as an opportunity to teach babies and young children how to be comfortable and safe in […]

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Toy-related injuries are on the rise

toy-related injuries, ride on vehicles, injury prevention,

Now that that holiday clean-up has begun, experts hope parents will take a moment to look over the influx of new toys in the house—and think safety. New data show a rise in toy-related injuries, with ride-on toys topping the watch list. A study published in December in the journal Clinical Pediatrics showed that annual injury rates […]

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Free health screenings and safety checks for families

In the coming weeks, three metro Phoenix hospitals will offer opportunities for families to receive free health screenings and safety checks. AbrazoHealth’s West Valley Hospital On Saturday, Oct. 25 AbrazoHealth’s West Valley Hospital, in Goodyear, will host a free community celebration, Rescue Roundup, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free food and drinks will be provided. […]

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School safety: A team effort in Arizona

It was a busy day for Randi Buell, a San Tan Valley mother of five active kids. Thankfully, her oldest three were safe at school while she marked items off her to-do list, two toddlers in tow. Or so she thought. “I remember getting a phone call in the afternoon,” Buell says. “There was a […]

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