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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Your Kids Aren’t Dry Drowning (Because It’s Not Real)

I received a lot of great responses after publishing this post about dry drowning symptoms. So many parents are concerned about their children dry drowning, and it's been great to set some of those fears to rest. I've updated the end of this post with more water safety tips and a free printable — my hope [...]

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

What Parents Need to Learn from the Larry Nassar Case

One of the big safety tips parents and educators tell their children is that no one should look at or touch your private parts unless a medical provider needs to examine you during a checkup. Most of us have learned this since we were very little. This is a great lesson, but what is a [...]

Monday, October 23, 2017

Mom’s Guide To Sorting Through Halloween Candy

October is here, and before you set out with your kids to go trick-or-treating, I have a few things you need to know about Halloween candy. Don’t worry. I’m not going to tell you that you have to avoid ALL candy, even pediatric nurse practitioners indulge in Swedish Fish occasionally, but I do want to [...]

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

How To Keep Your Kids Safe On Halloween

As you get ready to take your kids out for a night of trick-or-treating, there are some important Halloween safety tips to keep in mind. Use this Halloween safety checklist as you plan for the big night, and keep your kids safe as they trick-or-treat. Halloween Safety Tips Only visit houses with the porch lights [...]

Friday, July 21, 2017

In 18 Years, Over 700 Children Have Died In Hot Cars

A report I read this week said that over 700 children have died from being left in hot cars in between 1998 to 2016. At an average of 38 preventable deaths per year, or more than 1 death every 10 days, these statistics are both staggering and heartbreaking. The terror of these situations continuing to [...]

Friday, July 7, 2017

The Most Dangerous Pool Toy You Own

It’s summertime, so everyone, everywhere is swimming. If you are a parent, water safety is likely on the forefront of your mind. After all, drowning is the top preventable cause of death for children. According to the CDC, about 800 children are still dying annually from drowning. That number doesn’t even come close to the [...]

Thursday, December 4, 2014

HALO SleepSacks: Putting the Safety Into Sleep

Not a day goes by when I miss the opportunity to talk to parents about their baby's sleep. Why? Because safe sleep is critically important. About 4,000 infants die suddenly every year in the United States, and some of those deaths are from Accidental Suffocation and Strangulation in Bed (ASSB). In fact, accidental suffocation is [...]

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Snapchat and Your Child: What Every Parent Needs to Know

Snapchat, a popular picture messaging app, has been hacked. This app’s claim to fame is that users are able to send images to other users that will “disappear” after a certain amount of time (usually 1-10 seconds). However, up to 200,000 personal images have been stolen, making this the largest leak of personal photos ever [...]

Friday, August 29, 2014

Amber Teething Necklaces: Hip, Healthy, or Harmful?

A few years ago, hipster babies started sporting more than chic haircuts and the H&M baby clothing line. I saw lots of little infant boys and girls filing in my office wearing a string of brown beads around their neck and I was officially introduced to amber teething necklaces. In recent years, amber teething necklaces [...]

Thursday, July 24, 2014

My Bone to Pick with Baby-Led Weaning

I have a bone to pick with baby-led weaning, literally. Baby-led weaning is a new feeding method in which children feed themselves independently from the first introduction of solid food - usually around 6 months. Rising in popularity, this new trend has babies forego "mush" (purées) and spoon feeding and go directly to solid foods [...]