KidsDoc Symptom Checker

The KidsDoc Symptom Checker is a graphical drawing of a child that allows you to hover over the portion of the body where your child is experiencing symptoms. You then click on the section to display a list of symptoms and select the symptom from the list. There is also a complete A-Z list of symptoms.

[info]HealthyChildren.org – Symptom Checker.[/info]

Why are children at higher risk for getting the flu?

Children are more likely to get the flu or have flu-related complications because their immune systems are still developing. A recent CDC study shows that treating children with the flu can be costly. Each year in the U.S. an average of 20,000 children under the age of 5 are hospitalized for flu-related complications. During the 2011-12 flu season, 26 deaths in children were reported to CDC. Severe flu-related complications are most common in children younger than 2. Young children, 6 months to 5 years, are at risk of febrile seizures. Children with chronic health conditions such as asthma and diabetes have an extremely high risk of developing serious flu-related complications.

[framed_box]Source – http://www.flu.gov 2013[/framed_box]

Cooking with Kids

The kitchen can be a fascinating place for young children. They see grown-ups working briskly in there, watch the steam rise from pots on the stove, and smell what’s on the menu that night. Even older kids might be intrigued by how baked goods and meals come together. It isn’t always convenient to invite them into the kitchen to help, but consider doing so when time allows.

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[framed_box bgColor=”#dddddd” textColor=”#444444″]Full article on kidshealth.org.[/framed_box]

Dream On Me Recalls Infant Swings Due to Strangulation Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Happy Swing II infant swings

Units: About 560

Importer: Dream On Me Inc., of South Plainfield, N.J.

Hazard: The opening between the tray and seat or the grab bar and seat can allow a child’s body to pass through and become entrapped at the neck, posing a strangulation hazard to young children if the belt is not engaged.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The Happy Swing II is a fabric infant swing that comes in red and green with a tray and grab bar attachment. The model/style number included in the recall is “432” which is printed on a label on the frame of the swing. The fabric swing sits on a triangular frame and is battery operated.

Sold at: Juvenile products stores and CSN stores nationwide and online at Wayfair and Amazon.com from October 2010 through September 2012 for between about $80 and $130.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled infant swings immediately and contact Dream On Me for a replacement product. Consumers will have a choice between a free replacement swing or a Melody Musical baby walker.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Dream On Me toll-free at (877) 201-4317 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.dreamonme.com