Parenting & Safety

Keeping kids in the game

Elbow and shoulder injury prevention guidelines for youth baseball pitchers

With the summer youth baseball season in full swing, local sports medicine specialists are seeing a spike in elbow and shoulder injuries.

“We are seeing so many young athletes in our office with orthopaedic injuries that I would call it an epidemic,” said Ryan J. Krupp, M.D., orthopaedic surgeon with Norton Orthopaedic Specialists – Brownsboro and director of Norton Sports Health.

Ever wonder why… you have to wait 30 minutes after eating to swim

As children, many of us were told to wait at least 30 minutes after eating before going swimming or we might drown. The theory behind this idea was that blood flow to the stomach and intestines would increase to help the body absorb nutrients. And that would cause reduced blood flow to active muscles for delivering oxygen and removing waste products, making you unable to swim. The 30-minute rule is largely a myth. In reality, humans have more than enough oxygen to supply our stomach and muscles.

5 ways to keep baby hydrated this summer

Did you know babies under 6 months old can’t have water? So how do you keep baby hydrated when out in the heat of the summer? Unless your child is old enough to use a sippy cup, giving water isn’t the answer. Elizabeth Doyle, M.D., director of lactation services for Norton Healthcare, advises that you still need to offer breast milk or formula frequently, even if it isn’t a normal feeding time.  

So you want to talk to your teen …

Communicating with and disciplining preteens and early teenagers

As the preteen years sneak up on me with my 11-year-old son, I’m always seeking new ways to effectively communicate with him and turn discipline into a learning opportunity. It is hard work!

So around the water cooler the other day I asked a few veteran moms for their approach, and I got some great feedback that I’ll share.

Summer hazards

Don’t let summertime turn into trauma time

Summer is an adventurous time for kids, but those adventures can sometimes expose them to potentially dangerous situations. Erika G. Janes, R.N., child advocate and coordinator of Safe Kids Louisville, led by Kosair Children’s Hospital, offers tips on avoiding dangerous summer hazards.

Flush away your potty training worries: Answers to 5 common questions

Is your 4-year-old not yet potty trained? Does your toddler get upset when she has an accident? Potty training can be time-consuming, confusing and stressful, but you can ease your concerns by knowing what’s expected and recognizing when you may need to ask for help.

Dennis S. Peppas, M.D., and Eran Rosenberg, M.D., pediatric urologists with Kosair Children’s Hospital Urology Specialists, weigh in on common potty training questions.