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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Fighting Hunger this Summer

One in six children and one in nine adults in Dane County have food insecurity, according to the national hunger-relief organization Feeding America.

The United States Department of Agriculture defines food security as having access, at all times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members. Families may be considered food-insecure if they have anxiety about having enough food in the house, have to buy food of low quality or have to eat less or less often.

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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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Children and Juice

Fruit juice is one of those items that benefits from its association – it’s made from fruit, after all, so what could be the problem?

UW Health clinical nutritionist Alicia Bosscher, RD, says it’s all about the fiber. Or rather, the lack of it.

“We often think juice has a lot of Vitamin C and that’s good for our immune systems,” she says. “But the problem is that you take out the fiber that’s found in whole fruit and what’s left is basically just sugar.”

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