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Guard Against This Little-Known Swimming Danger

Electric shock in water can kill unless you take precautions with nearby wiring An electric shock is an often overlooked threat to swimmers, a safety expert warns. “Electric shock drowning can occur in any fresh body of water,” said Donald Burke, director of the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s Advanced Safety and Engineering Management program.…

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FDA Warns: Don’t Give Kids Medicines with Codeine, Tramadol

Agency strengthens warning labels on these medications to address dangers (HealthDay News) — Parents shouldn’t give their children any medications containing the narcotics codeine or tramadol because they can cause life-threatening breathing problems, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned Thursday. Warning labels on medications with codeine or tramadol will be strengthened to reflect these…

Helping Ease Kids’ Fears After Manchester Terror Attack

Mental health experts say it’s important for parents to encourage teens to follow through with their plans By Dennis Thompson HealthDay Reporter TUESDAY, May 23, 2017 (HealthDay News) — As reports of the carnage at Monday’s Ariana Grande show in Manchester, England, continue to pour in, many teens with tickets to concerts during the coming…

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A Toddler’s Screen Time Tied to Speech Delay

Findings support American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines on technology use by very young children (HealthDay News) — Letting a baby or toddler use a smartphone or tablet may lead to delays in talking, a new study suggests. “Handheld devices are everywhere these days,” said principal investigator Dr. Catherine Birken, a staff pediatrician and scientist at…

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Is Your Home Poison-Proof?

Children under age six account for half of all poison exposures. Poisoning is preventable and treatable. When baby-proofing your home, make sure you are poison-proofing it as well. How to poison-proof your home Know what is poisonous. Chemicals and cleaning products are on the list. But don’t forget: Medications (including prescription, over-the-counter and vitamins) Cosmetics…

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Ways To Encourage Healthy Food Options

Raising food smart kids can sometimes be a battle. Parents can help kids make healthy nutritional choices through some simple, effective steps. Make healthy food easily accessible. Kids tend to grab the crackers and cookies from the pantry because it’s easy. Make fruits and vegetables just as simple to access. Keep apples in a visible…

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The Health Benefits of Reading to Your Baby

Photos of your little one from birth to her first birthday show the dramatic changes she experiences. But it isn’t just your baby’s body that grows significantly in the first year. Brain development occurs rapidly, too, and reading aloud to your child significantly impacts her progress. Reading aloud is an important form of stimulation that…