Winter Safety Reminder

For a pediatrician from California, Wisconsin winters are one thing I don’t think I’ll ever get used to. If your family does decide to venture out into the cold, here are a few important things to keep in mind.

Winter Warmth

Keep your infants and children warm by dressing them in layers. How do you know if your baby is warm enough? Generally, a good rule of thumb for older babies and children is to dress in one more layer than what an adult would need for adequate warmth.

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Deck the Halls Safely This Season

The holidays are a time for spending with family and friends, not rushing to the emergency room. Whether you’re preparing to decorate your own home, or going to visit relatives or friends, keep the following tips in mind to help everyone have a merry and safe holiday.

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If you decorate a tree, avoid these top decorating mistakes:

  • Decorate with children in mind. Do not put ornaments that have small parts or metal hooks, or look like food or candy, on the lower branches where small children can reach them.
  • Keep the glass ornaments off the tree until children are older as they can be easily broken.

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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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Lawn Mower Safety

Frequent readers of our blog know we like to talk about safety. And this is going to be another one of those posts. It started because one of our orthopedic surgeons commented that in the last 6 days (days!) our Emergency Department has treated 2 children for lawn mowers injuries. As many of us have a summer season of lawn mowing ahead of us, it seemed like a good time to go over some tips to help keep everyone safe.

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Fracture Season: Preventing Broken Bones in Kids

In some parts of the country, people say there are really only two seasons: winter and construction.

Add a third – “fracture season,” say experts in children’s health at American Family Children’s Hospital in Madison, Wis.

We’re in the heart of it right now. Warm spring temperatures and the end of school combine to send thousands of kids into backyards and onto playgrounds, where they’re breaking their bones at startling rates-on rollerblades, on bikes, playground equipment and trampolines.

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