Parenting & Safety

​4 ways to enjoy Thunder Over Louisville and save your hearing

Thunder Over Louisville kicks off Derby season in Louisville on Saturday, April 18. The daylong event features a high-flying and high-speed air show as well as North America’s largest fireworks display. The all-American event attracts families from Louisville and across the country. However, while you are taking in the sights of Thunder Over Louisville, the sounds could be doing permanent damage to your ears.

Can you reason with a 2-year-old?

8 hacks for avoiding tantrums

If you are the parent of a toddler, you have likely cringed at the earth-shattering meltdowns that make the “terrible twos” well, terrible.

Your child’s developmental stage creates the perfect storm for misbehavior and temper tantrums. Her brain is programmed to explore the world with her senses and find relationships between things. As she learns new skills such as talking, throwing and moving about, she is eager to put them to use.

To boost or not to boost

When is your child ready to lose the booster seat?

Your child has transitioned from a car seat to a booster seat. She’s growing like crazy, so maybe she really doesn’t need any car safety seat at all. Or does she?

According to a law just passed in Kentucky, she’ll need to be in a booster until she is 57 inches or 8 years old. This is now consistent with what is recommended by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and already enacted in Indiana.

8 Easter candy alternatives

Chocolate bunnies, marshmallow peeps, jelly beans and, oh, those cream-filled eggs. The list of Easter candy favorites is endless. So are the calories, sugar and fat consumed with each bite. This Easter holiday, consider asking the Easter bunny to bring some fun alternatives to candy.

Amy Medley, health educator with Kosair Children's Hospital and busy mom to three children ranging in age from 17 to 10 years old, has some great ideas to share.

7 surprising poisons

National Poison Prevention Week: March 15 to 21

What do button batteries, medications and cleaning products have in common? They’re three of the items on the list of seven surprising poisons provided by the Kentucky Regional Poison Control Center of Kosair Children’s Hospital to raise awareness during National Poison Prevention Week, March 15 to 21.

E-cigarettes: Potential harm to kids

They’re a subject of great discussion. Some claim they help people stop smoking. Others say the vapors they emit are a great health concern, claiming they contain high levels of formaldehyde and other chemicals. They’re e-cigarettes, an alternative product to smoking that’s growing in popularity with sales in the billions.

But while the debate about e-cigarette regulation continues with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and device manufacturers, data from Kentucky shows that e-cigarettes can pose an immediate danger.

A parent’s guide to surviving teething

Tips from a pediatrician

I have a precious 9-month-old. He is rolling all around, learning to clap his hands and he is cutting teeth! Oh, the agony of watching my child suffer through this stage of development. And everyone has an opinion, suggestion or antidote for how they survived the teething years. If you turn to the Internet, you’ll find even more information. So, at our nine-month well baby visit, I talked to my pediatrician about teething aid products, the dos and don’ts and any other tips he had for surviving teething.