Parenting & Safety

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.

Babies continue to die from unsafe sleep practices

When my kids were born, they both suffered from awful reflux. In fact, while my second was still in the hospital she continually gagged. It kept me up all night, afraid she was going to choke and stop breathing. I remember sitting in a chair, holding one of them all night so she could be vertical and settle down. I’m sure I dozed off.

I now know I did something wrong — and potentially deadly. I know I’m not alone. Having a baby sleep on an adult bed, in bed with an adult or in the arms of a sleeping adult is part of a larger issue: safe sleep.

Keeping kids safe: Whose side are you on?

Whether you applauded or were appalled by Nationwide’s “The Boy Who Couldn’t Grow Up” commercial during this year’s Super Bowl, the fact remains that preventable injuries are the No. 1 killer of kids from birth to 19 years old in the United States. That represents nearly 40 percent of all deaths in this age group. Around the globe, nearly 1 million children die from preventable injuries every year, according to Safe Kids Worldwide.

Gratitude and focus for the new year

Each New Year’s Eve, I tell myself I am going be more grateful for the everyday life I lead. I also promise to be more focused on my goals and to be sure I am anticipating a positive event each day.

And like most everyone, I forget these promises within a few weeks. It’s never intentional. It’s just a busy life getting in the way of higher thinking. Only this year, I gave myself a break and started the practice once again … in November.

Prescription for safety

Keeping kids safe around medications

It’s that time of year — flu, colds and other illnesses seem to abound. If your child gets sick, never try to medicate him or her yourself. Always talk to your child’s doctor or a pharmacist before giving prescription medication or medicines not intended for children. Follow these precautions to keep your child safe.

Even if you’re sure of your child’s symptoms, never give a child leftover prescription medicines. Leftover and expired medicines should be discarded.