Blog posts by UW Health Kids

Early Exposure to Allergens

Chances are an older person in your life – family member, neighbor, stranger in the check-out line – commented that parents keep things too clean these days. You may have even heard them say at some point, “Sometimes you just have to let kids eat a little dirt.”

Well, turns out there may be some truth to that.

Recent research on asthma and allergies from the UW School of Medicine and Public Health uncovered some interesting findings centered around children being exposed to allergens early in life. Read more

Preventing Dog Bites

With the furry face and eyes that seem to say “love me” – it can be hard to resist passing a dog without wanting to stop and pet it. And for kids – some of whom are even the same size – it can be tempting to hug the dog, or even try riding it like a horse. But it’s important to recognize that like humans, even dogs have their limits.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, approximately 800,000 people receive medical care each year for dog bites – and more than half of them are children. And while you might think most of those are from strange dogs, actually the majority of bites come from dogs familiar to the person who is bit.

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Meet the Dart Family via “Love Wisconsin”

Wisconsin people. Wisconsin places. Put them together in an incredibly engaging social media platform and you get Love Wisconsin – an increasingly popular online destination for all things that make the Badger State the special place we know it to be. In only its second year, Love Wisconsin has made a huge impact on our state psyche by offering inspiring stories that make us especially proud to call Wisconsin home.

This summer, Love Wisconsin is partnering with UW Health to share stories of some of our patients in ways we hope you will find especially compelling. Our second story features the Dart family from Luxemburg, Wisconsin.

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Sandbox Safety

This may be one of those “I’d rather not know what’s really in there” moments. But despite the appeal of sandboxes, those communal gathering spots of the 4-year-old set may not be as innocent as they appear.

Like swimming pools – which we enter with a certain amount of forcing ourselves not to think about what’s really in that water – the shared sand space contains the residue of all who have entered it. That includes bacteria, parasites and other infectious germs carried by kids and – depending on the location of the sand – animals. The difference is that the sandboxes don’t have chlorine or other agents to help kill off some of the germs.

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