I have fond memories of the summer vacations I took with my family. Six kids packed in a station wagon headed to Door County, Wisconsin. The four-hour trip took forever and the only stops we made were at waysides along the highway.
Now I’m making the same trek with my husband and two sons. Only we are in a spacious minivan and thanks to geocaching.com, anywhere we stop along our drive becomes a treasure hunt.
Dr. Faucher and Connor
Wearing a bike helmet is second nature to my kids. So much so that they often just leave them on to shoot baskets or play around the house. That’s probably not typical of most kids, but I’m a trauma surgeon and my wife is a nurse practitioner, so NOT wearing a safety helmet has NEVER been an option.
Last Spring, that “second nature” may have saved my son Connor from serious injury. Connor, who was 6 at the time, was riding bike with his older sister when she heard a crash behind her. (She told us the noise was “terrifying” to her.) When she stopped and turned around, she saw Connor on his back with blood all over his face. When she ran back to him, he didn’t respond at all. So she ran a block back to our house, to tell my wife.
Many of us are sleep deprived these days including our children. One of the common culprits of too little sleep and often disrupted sleep is television.
A recent study found that sleep problems were more common in 3 to 5 year olds who watched more television after 7pm. According to the study, about 20 percent of the 112 children involved had sleep problems almost every day of the week. Their issues included difficulty falling asleep, waking up during the night, nightmares and being sleepy during the day. The children who watched violent television at night had the most sleep problems.
School’s out and with the beautiful weather, who wants to stay inside? But, did you know that research by pediatricians and sports medicine experts at UW Health showed that kids were actually more sedentary during the summer?
We’ve heard it all over the news, and it’s true – obesity, including obesity in kids, is a very real health crisis in the U.S.:
Around the time my twin sons turned one, we learned their cribs had been recalled because there were reports the drop side could break and injure or entrap an infant. Our emotions ranged from panic – oh no, they’ve been sleeping in dangerous cribs – to anger – they’ve been sleeping in dangerous cribs! After that, we began following the recall notices published by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (they have a handy sign up so you can receive email notices when new recalls are announced). It seemed like in the few years following our own experience, many more drop sided cribs were recalled for being unsafe. So it was no surprise when the CPSC announced new crib safety standards.