You’re not going to get out of parenthood without having had a car seat or two! Here is the latest and greatest from Snugli: Their All-in-One, a convertible seat that aims to be your main seat if not your one-and-only. It’s got a couple of new, unique features: First, a temperature-regulating fabric that keeps your babe cool in hot weather and toasty in cold weather. Second, it holds a kid up to 110 pounds when used in booster mode! That means she can sit in it until middle school (not that she would, but you get the idea).
It’s also got all the technology you’d expect such as side-impact protection, a recline option, and a LATCH system for easy installation. By the way, do you need a primer on installing and using a car seat? Roll our video!
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Growing up with a dad who is a homicide detective, gun safety was always a normal topic of conversation in my home. According to my father, children are naturally curious, and simply saying “don’t touch” isn’t enough. Every so often, he would let us look at—and even touch—his gun. He would always empty it, and then have my siblings and me put one finger in the chamber to make sure that he didn’t miss anything. He had a strict rule that the barrel should never be facing anyone. “I don’t think that you’d want anyone you love to get hurt, would you?” he would often say. Then he’d lock it away in his room out of our reach and tell us that if we ever wanted to see it again, all we had to do was ask.
You’d think such gun-safety measures would be a no-brainer for parents, but sadly that’s not the case. The latest evidence: Yesterday, a 6-year-old New Jersey boy was accidentally shot and killed by his 4-year-old neighbor while they were playing. According to the town’s police chief, the children were outside the 4-year-old’s home when he went inside, got his dad’s rifle, and shot the 6-year-old. It’s unclear whether he pulled the trigger intentionally or the rifle accidentally discharged.
If this tragedy sounds like an exception, you’re sadly mistaken. On Saturday, a pistol in the hands of a 4-year-old boy in Tennessee went off, killing his aunt, the wife of Wilson County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Fanning. It happened while Fanning was showing off his loaded gun collection. Then there’s the tragic February death of 3-year-old Tmorej Smith, who shot himself, thinking his mother’s pink gun was a toy. These shootings have one thing in common: In every case, a young child had easy access to a loaded weapon that belonged to a family member.
But don’t stop there. Locking guns in a safety box and storing the ammunition separately could be the difference between life and death. More than 1.5 million children live in households where firearms are kept unlocked and loaded, and 140 kids are killed accidentally by guns every year. Is your child safe?
Woman sues Ohio clinic over failed abortion after delivering healthy ‘miracle’ baby
An Ohio woman is suing an abortion clinic after she says she made the painful decision to terminate her pregnancy because her life was in danger, only to discover she was still pregnant after the procedure. (via Fox News)
Indiana Bill Would Require Armed Guards In Schools
The National Rifle Association on Tuesday released its long-awaited “National School Shield Report,” a lengthy document that recommends that schools arm and train staff members who want to carry guns. (via Huffington Post)
Drinking, drugs more common for kids of deployed
Teens and preteens with a parent deployed in the military may be more likely to binge drink or misuse prescription drugs, according to a new study. (via Yahoo News)
Parents jailed for deaths of 6 children in UK fire
A judge has sentenced the father of six British children who died in a house fire to life, with a minimum of 15 years in prison, describing him as the “driving force” behind setting the blaze. (via Fox News)
Department of Education announces that 20 new schools will open in the Bronx next fall
Bronx high schoolers can prepare for careers in health care and software design at two new schools set to open in September. (via NY Daily News)
Police believe couple abducted their children from grandmother
Police believe a Louisiana man abducted his two young sons early Wednesday after breaking into the Florida home of the children’s grandmother and tying her up. (via CNN)
If your child is anything like mine, you probably dread vaccination day. When my then 3-year-old daughter wrapped her arms around me, and used every muscle in her little legs to push off of the examination table sending me flying backward into the hall, I have to admit, I deeply considered skipping the next round. But we pushed through them, and now at five, she’s replaced her fear of needles with a fear of large cotton swabs (a strep test — it’s a long story).
Although we’ve all witnessed a runaway kid or two at the pediatrician’s office, the truth behind this needle nightmare is that one in every 10 Americans has a fear needles, or trypanophobia. Digital health media company, Healthline, has called it an under-reported healthcare crisis. Fear of needles can cause a person to skip vaccinations, which puts everyone’s health at risk.
According to Healthline, needle phobia usually develops around age 4 or 5 with a traumatic immunization experience. And if you told your kid that it wasn’t going to hurt, you can bet his immunization experience was traumatic.
According to Healthline’s CEO West Shell, “The key to ending needle phobia is awareness, education, and action. Needle phobia must be addressed and it must be addressed on large public platforms. Fear of snakes or fear of public speaking doesn’t kill people, but fear of needles does.”
Healthline has recently launched a public health campaign to help put an end to needle phobia. Take the End Needle Phobia Pledge, and help prevent your children from developing needle phobia by telling them the truth: shots help to protect them and others from dangerous diseases, and they hurt – but only for a second.
When driving your kids, parents know how important car safety, especially car seat safety is for babies and for toddlers. 21st Century Auto Insurance recently created the visual Guide to to Child Car Safety below to offer parents important tips and facts on how to protect kids riding in a car.
The infographic was also created as a part of the 21st Century’s “Baby on Board” contest — parents can show their artistic sides by reimagining and recreating the typical yellow diamond sign. The grand prize winner receives $10,000 for a baby room makeover, and the deadline for submissions is March 15, 2013.
As a parent, you were no doubt horrified by the senseless shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary last month that left 20 children and six adults dead—and left many of us feeling hopeless and vulnerable. But now you can take action to protect your family. On January 26th, join the March on Washington for Gun Control. Supporters are calling for Congress to reinstate the assault weapons ban (which expired in 2004), outlaw high capacity ammunition magazines, require background checks, and instate a 28-day waiting period for all gun purchases. Of particular interest for parents is the campaign’s push to require mandatory gun safety training before purchasing a gun to reduce the number of tragic accidents that claim many young lives each year.
We at Parents believe strongly in the cause of keeping kids safe from guns at home, in schools, and everywhere. We are currently working on a gun safety story aimed at increasing awareness of this important issue. More than 30,000 people are killed each year in America from guns. Let’s do our part to reduce this tragically high figure.
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As a mom, you know just how accident-prone and fragile kids can be. Cuts, scratches, scrapes, skinned knees, and bumps to the noggin’ are all frequent players on your “must fix” list. And there’s nothing worse than having to play Dr. Mom without having all of the needed medical supplies to heal your little patient.
Setting up a first-aid kit now for your home and your car will save time (you can quickly attend to injuries), money (no middle-of-the-night runs to the insanely expensive convenience store), and a whole lot of tears.
Keep these drugstore staples on hand and you’ll be ready for anything your active kid can throw your way.
1. Bandages and Gauze Pads
Your kit should include bandages in a variety of sizes. These little stickies help protect wounds from reinjury, hide scary-looking cuts, and magically make tears disappear. Before you spring for the more expensive character bandages, a little DIY craftiness can save money. Buy plain bandages and then decorate them with your child’s name, silly drawings, or stickers once they’re in use. Gauze pads will come in handy for more serious wounds (don’t forget the tape). You can also use them when applying ointments or cleaning agents. When purchasing gauze pads, bigger is better. You can always cut the pad if you need a smaller size.
Speaking of cutting, a good pair of sharp scissors is a necessity. In addition to cutting gauze, you may also need to cut other material, like clothing, during an emergency. Regular scissors are fine, as long as they’re sharp enough to cut gauze, clothing, etc.
3. Cold/Hot Packs
Hot and cold packs can relieve swelling and reduce the pain of minor injuries. Because you’re not guaranteed to have access to ice or hot water or a heating pad, stock up on the instant cold and hot packs (like this one) that you squeeze to activate.
4. Pain Medication/Fever Reliever
Pain is a big deal to little kids, so it’s always a good idea to have a children’s pain reliever around to reduce fevers and calm headaches, teething pain, and minor sprains and strains. Remember, aspirin isn’t recommended for kids, so the best choices are children’s acetaminophen and ibuprofen.
For kids with food allergies, it can be difficult to make sure no forbidden foods ever slip through. If your child does consume something she has a slight allergy to, an oral antihistamine can reduce a potential reaction, says Emily Tuerk, M.D., assistant professor of pediatrics at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. Even if your kid doesn’t have food allergies, it’s still a good idea to have an antihistamine on hand. “Oral antihistamines and topical antihistamine creams can lessen the reaction to insect stings or bites,” says Dr. Tuerk. They can also decrease symptoms of hives, poison ivy, and other skin reactions.
This standard beauty supply isn’t only for plucking stray hairs from your eyebrows. Tweezers come in handy to remove splinters, glass, insect stingers, ticks, or even candy. (You know, for when your 3-year-old decides to put a piece of candy up his nose.)
Chris Coyne was used to getting pummeled on the football field—he thought that taking a beating was just part of the game. He refused to be sidelined by a few nasty bumps. But after sustaining numerous head injuries, the Yale university student found himself unable to take notes in class or remember where he was going. Like lots of young sports fanatics, Chris wasn’t happy to sit on the bench: he just wanted to get back in the game as soon as possible. More than 50% of sports concussions go unreported, partially because young athletes don’t want to pass up playing time. Chris continued to play with his concussion, and his brain hadn’t recovered from all the times it had slammed against his skull. Ultimately, he had to give up football for good. “I wish I knew then what I know now about concussions and injuries,” he says. “If I did, I would still be playing.”
Experts estimate that there are between 1.6 and 3 million sports-related concussions among children and adults every year. Even if your kid’s not an athlete, you should still make sure you can recognize the symptoms of a concussion. Falls are the main cause of brain injuries in kids under age 10; your tot’s tumble could be more serious than you think. Whenever your kid bangs his head, watch out for these red-flag symptoms: headache, fatigue, balance problems, vomiting, drowsiness, memory and concentration issues, irritability and sadness, and sleep disturbances. If you suspect that your child has a concussion, get her checked out by a doc right away. Though many of these injuries are easily treated with rest, others require surgery to reduce swelling and decrease the risk of long-term damage.
Now, Chris works to raise awareness about concussions, and remind young players how important it is to let themselves rest and recover following an injury.
Check out this video about Chris’s story, which was produced by Choices, a Scholastic magazine for students.