Parenting & Safety

Top 10 mistakes parents make with car seats

Each year, the technicians from the Children’s Hospital Foundation Office of Child Advocacy of Kosair Children’s Hospital and Safe Kids Louisville conduct numerous child safety seat, or car seat, checkup clinics. What continues to amaze child passenger safety technicians is the number of seats being used improperly. In fact, at least 90 percent of the seats they check are incorrect.

FDA issues caffeine poisoning warning

With sales of energy drinks, caffeine tablets and caffeine powder on the rise, the Kentucky Regional Poison Control Center of Kosair Children’s Hospital is educating the public about the effects of too much caffeine in the body. Poison control centers around the country are receiving an increased number of calls related to caffeine poisoning, most often caused by powdered caffeine, which can be purchased primarily online. The dangerous effects of this uncontrolled powder substance prompted the United States Food and Drug Administration to issue a warning in June.

Babyproofing your home

Every year, more than 5 million children are injured in their homes seriously enough to need emergency medical care. More children in the United States die from unintentional, preventable injuries than from all diseases combined.

Creating a safe environment for your baby is the best thing you can do to help prevent injuries at home. To begin babyproofing your home, get down on your hands and knees and think like a baby. Viewing your home from the baby’s eye level can help you spot possible dangers. Because men and women tend to look at home and safety measures differently, both mom- and dad-to-be should be involved in babyproofing. Begin early in your pregnancy so you can include safety items on your baby registry list.

Bruises can hide a deadly secret

A bruise means that a child is just rambunctious, right?

Possibly, but some bruising can signify something much more serious: child abuse.

“Bruises are the most overlooked sign of abuse,” said Stephen A. Wright, M.D., medical director of Kosair Children’s Hospital and chair of the Partnership to Eliminate Child Abuse. “A huge myth is that this bruising is obvious and matches the size of an adult hand. The reality is that serious conditions that occur as a result of abuse are often indicated by small, subtle bruises.”

Fresh and healthy lunch box meal ideas

They’ve got the latest backpack, spotless sneakers, new notebooks and a handful of No. 2 pencils. Now some fresh ideas for the lunch box!

If you’re the lunch packer, there may be times when your kids ask for the same old, same old, day in and day out. Your job is figuring out how to slip in some healthy new items that they will like, without straying too far from the norm. (“What is this? Some sort of vegetable cupcake?”)

How new dads can support breastfeeding partners

Congratulations, you’re going to be a new dad! As an expectant father, you may know that breastfeeding is the best option for feeding your new baby. It provides valuable benefits for both mom and baby. You may have concerns about your role in breastfeeding or be asking yourself if you even have a role.

The answer is yes. You have a very important role during pregnancy and after your child arrives. You are an important part of your baby’s life and will offer the support your partner needs throughout the breastfeeding process.

Sports Safety 101

In 2012, more than 1.35 million children under age 19 were seen in emergency departments for injuries related to commonly played sports. While sports can be a great way for children to get exercise and learn about teamwork, there are things parents and coaches need to know to keep kids safe before practice starts.

Jennifer Brey, M.D., is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon with Children’s Orthopaedics of Louisville. She treats kids from as young as age 6 to as old as age 18 who have sustained sports-related injuries.