Parenting & Safety

Are you enriching or overscheduling your child’s life?

Many families today are operating on a “hyper-schedule,” as parents seek to give their children great opportunities and a variety of experiences inside and outside of school.

As a result, children are more stressed, family time suffers, and parents struggle with emotional conflicts, financial costs and the pressure of juggling their children’s multiple activities. Too much activity can leave children too tired for homework and unable to use their limited free time wisely.

5 ways babies benefit from music

You’ve probably heard at some point that playing Mozart loudly during your pregnancy will make your baby more intelligent or perhaps have more refined taste when she is older. While there is not a lot of research to support this, it is true that infants are drawn to music and can benefit from exposure to music. Hearing is one of the first senses to develop during gestation, and newborns prefer their mother’s voice just after birth.

Staying safe on all-terrain vehicles

In June, Garrett Underwood, 21, former St. Xavier High School football player, was killed and another man critically injured in an accident while riding an all-terrain vehicle (ATV). Such accidents happen in Kentucky far more often than you might think. Last year 59 children injured in ATV accidents were admitted to Kosair Children’s Hospital, and the hospital has seen 17 so far this year.

I’m not swallowing that pill!

Teaching your child how to swallow a pill

A spoonful of sugar helping the medicine go down may have worked in the musical “Mary Poppins,” but it didn’t work for me. Some children as young as age 3 or 4 can swallow a pill, but as a child I flat-out refused. Sure choking was a fear, but mostly I didn’t see the need because liquid medication was usually an easy substitute. As I grew older, I learned out of necessity that my choices were either be sick or take a pill to get well. I eventually learned how, but perhaps if I had known some tricks I could have learned sooner.

DEET safety

Is there a safe way to prevent insects from sucking the fun out of summer? Products to deter pesky bugs can contain harmful chemicals. However, insects carry diseases such as Lyme disease and the West Nile Virus. So what do you do to protect yourself and your family?

DEET, or diethyltoluamide, is a common active ingredient in insect repellents, but because it is a potent chemical, it can cause side effects if not used properly.

Choosing the best hospital to have your baby

Giving birth can be one of life’s most exciting experiences. It can also be overwhelming. Expectant mothers feel pressure within their bodies and in all aspects of their lives. Preparing for a new baby takes a lot of time, but choosing the right hospital shouldn’t.

According to Laura Gipe, director of Patient Care Services at Norton Women’s and Kosair Children’s Hospital, expectant mothers should expand their search to find the best option for their family. Gipe recommends looking for four things when selecting a hospital:


Liquid laundry pods pose serious risk to children

Recently, Consumer Reports decided to no longer recommend laundry pods due to the health hazard to children.

The numbers back up these concerns. Over the past three years, the American Association of Poison Control Centers reports more than 33,000 calls to the nation’s 55 poison centers about exposures to liquid laundry packets related to children five and under. This means about 30 children per day were involved in incidents involving liquid laundry packets, hundreds of which resulted in hospitalization.