May 15-22, 2016 is Dog Bite Prevention Week®.
Each year, more than 4.5 million people in the US are bitten by dogs. Of the 800,000 who seek medication attention, half are children.
Since most dog bites involve familiar animals, prevention starts at the home.
The American Pediatric Association gives the following tips on preventing dog bites:
- Almost 1 in 5 people bitten by dogs require medical attention. For children, the injuries are more likely to be serious. Parents should be aware of some simple steps that can prevent dog bites.
- Never leave a small child and a dog alone together, no matter if it is the family dog, a dog that is known to you, or a dog that you have been assured is well behaved. Any dog can bite.
- Do not allow your child to play aggressive games with a dog, such as tug-of-war or wrestling, as this can lead to bites.
- Teach your child to ask a dog owner for permission before petting any dog.
- Let a dog sniff you or your child before petting, and stay away from the face or tail. Pet the dog gently, and avoid eye contact, particularly at first.
- Never bother a dog that is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies. Dogs in these situations are more likely to respond aggressively, even with a person who is familiar to them.
- Do not allow your child to run past a dog, because dogs may be tempted to pursue the child.
- Teach your child that if a dog is behaving in a threatening manner—for example, growling and barking—to remain calm, avoid eye contact with the dog, and back away slowly until the dog loses interest and leaves.
- If you or your child is knocked over by a dog, curl up in a ball and protect the eyes and face with arms and fists.
For more information and what to do if a dog bites your child, visit healthychildren.org.Read More
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The American Academy of Pediatrics gives the following tips for liquid medication safety.
- Always read the label to make sure the medicine is safe for infants and toddlers.
- Check the dosage chart to assure you are giving the correct amount based on child’s weight.
- Do not mix measuring devices from other products.
- Keep all medication up and away from children’s reach.
- Talk to your pediatrician if you have any questions.
Also remember… ALWAYS use a correct measuring device to give medicine to children. Utensil spoons do not accurately measure medication.
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The Children’s Clinic just received a shipment of the Flu Mist* flu vaccine. We also have flu shots in stock. It is not too late to protect yourself against the flu! Call our office today to schedule your flu vaccine appointment.
Influenza is dangerous for children
Influenza (“the flu”) is more dangerous than the common cold for children. Each year, many children get sick with seasonal influenza; some of those illnesses result in death.
- Children commonly need medical care because of influenza, especially before they turn 5 years old.
- Severe influenza complications are most common in children younger than 2 years old.
- Children with chronic health problems like asthma, diabetes and disorders of the brain or nervous system are at especially high risk of developing serious flu complications.
- Each year an average of 20,000 children under the age of 5 are hospitalized because of influenza complications.
- Flu seasons vary in severity, however some children die from flu each year. Last influenza season, more than 140 flu-related pediatric deaths were reported.
For flu-related updates from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, follow @CDCFlu on twitter.
* Flu Mist nasal spray flu vaccine is not recommended for children under the age of 2 years old. Your child’s physician will determine if this is the best method of vaccinating your child.
The largest review of the available evidence on the quadrivalent, or four-strain, HPV vaccine Gardasil, has found no evidence of any serious short-term or long-term safety issues. Bringing together the findings from clinical trials, post-licensure studies and data presented at scientific meetings but not yet published, the researchers focused particularly on autoimmune diseases, nervous system disorders, anaphylaxis, blood clots and stroke – but none of them is caused by the vaccine, they found.
As of July 7, 2015, Dr. Johnson has been with The Children’s Clinic for 40 years!
Pictured is Dr. Johnson with his wife, Kathy, who he hired to be his nurse 40 years ago. Four years later they were married!
Thank you Dr. Johnson for your 40 years of caring for our children!
The Children’s Clinic will be closed July 3rd – July 5th for the Fourth of July holiday. We will re-open Monday, July 6th at normal office hours.
Please have a fun and safe holiday. Below are helpful links for summer safety.Read More
Studies show that the lifestyle learned as children are much more likely to stay with a person into adulthood. For this reason, physical activity should be a regular part of family life.
Parents play a key role in helping their children become more physically active. Exercise along with a balanced diet provides the foundation for a healthy lifestyle. The most important things parents can do is encourage healthy habits in their children early in life.
What you can do…
- Take a walk or bike ride as a family.
- Play music and dance while doing chores
- Spend the afternoon at the playground
- Go for a hike
- Set family fitness goals
- Encourage children to sign up for a sport activity
- Set positive examples
- Give your children toys and equipment that encourages physical activity (jump rope, balls, etc)
- Turn off the TV. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no more than 1 to 2 hours of screen time per day.
- Don’t overdo it.
- Choose age appropriate activities
- Plan ahead and provide a safe environment