Parenting & Safety

Does spanking lead to a cycle of misbehavior?

Being a parent is not an easy job. To me, it’s the toughest job in the world that requires no prior experience or four-year degree. And it’s certainly a test of a parent’s patience when a child is fussy, angry, defiant or just generally “difficult.”

When I was a kid I got a spanking when I did something my parents told me not to do. Sometimes it was a swat on the bottom, but it also could be dad’s belt or a switch from a bush out front. Fortunately, I didn’t get too many spankings — but they left a lasting impression.

Kids and nicotine poisoning

Most of us know about the dangers of tobacco products and secondhand smoke, but did you know that nicotine, the addictive ingredient in tobacco, can be poisonous in any form? Each year the Kentucky Regional Poison Control Center of Kosair Children’s Hospital receives hundreds of calls about children who have nicotine poisoning due to eating, swallowing or touching tobacco or nicotine products.

Teen Driving

Nearly every Tuesday for several years, I went to a Mom’s Club play group. All the moms had one baby, and then about two years later, we each had a second baby.

And though we’ve lost touch in recent years, major milestones bring us back together online. The latest one: They’re starting to drive!

That scream in the background is coming from me and all the other parents shocked by the idea of their baby — I mean teenager — behind the wheel of a large automobile.

Dangers of frostbite

If you’ve ever waited for a bus when the wind-chill is below zero, you understand why some school districts cancel classes on days when there is no ice or snow, but simply dangerously low temperatures.

Frostbite happens when the body is injured by freezing, leaving a loss of feeling and color in the body’s extremities – generally the nose, ears, cheeks, chin, finger and toes. Hypothermia, a situation where the body simply can’t warm itself up, often accompanies frostbite, and can lead to unconsciousness and even death.

Can you tell the difference between a virus and carbon monoxide poisoning?

Kentucky Regional Poison Control Center urges families to take caution when using home heating appliances, know the signs of carbon monoxide poisoning

Temperatures may not be much below freezing, but the chance of carbon monoxide poisoning in children and families still increases during the winter, when home heating appliances are used. Carbon monoxide is a colorless, odorless gas that can be dangerous, if not fatal, should a heating appliance malfunction.

Good babysitter instructions can help prevent child abuse

The babysitter is at your house, your kids are acting like perfect angels and everyone is looking forward to a nice evening. As every parent knows, kids can switch from angels to outlaws in a minute if they think they can get away with it. They can also get overtired from the sheer excitement of having undivided attention from the sitter. Before you leave, make sure you are giving enough instructions to help when the going gets tough. Are you providing tools that can help prevent a situation from getting out of control?

Winter-safe sleeping for babies

Before my daughter, August Lee, was born, Grandma Mimi made her a hand-stitched “glorious garden” quilt with brilliant calico flowers and jaunty sawtooth edging. 

Rather than putting the quilt in her crib, I hung it on the nursery wall to preserve Mimi’s precious gift. Doing so may have also protected an even more priceless treasure — my baby.

It seems almost illogical that a dreamy nursery could contribute to the nightmare of losing a child. Yet all those sweet baby items — crib bumpers, blankies, carefully embroidered burp cloths — could pose a deadly risk.

RSV - What you need to know to keep your child healthy

We all know that with winter comes cold and flu season, but winter poses another more serious health threat – respiratory syncytial virus. RSV, as it's commonly called, is a virus that many times leads to mild cold-like symptoms. It is the most common germ that causes lung and airway infections in infants and young children, and it is very contagious.

Choosing the proper toy can keep holidays merry

It's easy to get caught up in the advertising and hype of the holidays. But as you prepare your shopping list for the children in your life, be sure that the toys you plan to give are appropriate and safe. Toys and games provide many opportunities for children to learn and grow physically, mentally and socially. However, toys and games that are not age-appropriate or not used properly can cause serious injury or even death.