Parenting & Safety

Bruises can hide a deadly secret

A bruise means that a child is just rambunctious, right?

Possibly, but some bruising can signify something much more serious: child abuse.

“Bruises are the most overlooked sign of abuse,” said Stephen A. Wright, M.D., medical director of Kosair Children’s Hospital and chair of the Partnership to Eliminate Child Abuse. “A huge myth is that this bruising is obvious and matches the size of an adult hand. The reality is that serious conditions that occur as a result of abuse are often indicated by small, subtle bruises.”

Fresh and healthy lunch box meal ideas

They’ve got the latest backpack, spotless sneakers, new notebooks and a handful of No. 2 pencils. Now some fresh ideas for the lunch box!

If you’re the lunch packer, there may be times when your kids ask for the same old, same old, day in and day out. Your job is figuring out how to slip in some healthy new items that they will like, without straying too far from the norm. (“What is this? Some sort of vegetable cupcake?”)

How new dads can support breastfeeding partners

Congratulations, you’re going to be a new dad! As an expectant father, you may know that breastfeeding is the best option for feeding your new baby. It provides valuable benefits for both mom and baby. You may have concerns about your role in breastfeeding or be asking yourself if you even have a role.

The answer is yes. You have a very important role during pregnancy and after your child arrives. You are an important part of your baby’s life and will offer the support your partner needs throughout the breastfeeding process.

Sports Safety 101

In 2012, more than 1.35 million children under age 19 were seen in emergency departments for injuries related to commonly played sports. While sports can be a great way for children to get exercise and learn about teamwork, there are things parents and coaches need to know to keep kids safe before practice starts.

Jennifer Brey, M.D., is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon with Children’s Orthopaedics of Louisville. She treats kids from as young as age 6 to as old as age 18 who have sustained sports-related injuries.

Street Smarts

Pedestrian accidents have become the most common cause of serious injury and death among children age 5 to 9, and each year, more than 1,300 children under age 14 die in pedestrian-related incidents. In all your back-to-school preparations, have you talked with your children about the importance of bus and pedestrian safety? Going over these tips can easily be forgotten in the hustle and bustle of gathering school supplies, but it is an important topic for parents to address.

Could it be a concussion?

Every year in the United States, millions of sports players suffer concussions during play. In fact, for athletes ages 15 to 24, sports injuries are the second leading cause of acquired brain injury, behind only motor vehicle accidents.

Football season is just around corner, and these players suffer the most brain injuries of any sport. Approximately 67,000 concussions are diagnosed in high school football every year, and at least 50 youth football players have died on the field since 1997.

Football player Christopher Dinwiddie, who completed his sophomore year at Central High School in Louisville, Kentucky, in 2012, feels lucky he was not one of those 50 players after he suffered a concussion during a tackle in fall 2011.

Steps for school day success

It’s that time of year again! School is either starting soon or has just started, and we all know how hard it is to get your kids back into a routine. It’s important for parents to know the steps to success in order to get their children off on the right foot in school, according to Therese Sirles, R.N., director of the Children’s Hospital Foundation Office of Child Advocacy at Kosair Children’s Hospital.

Kids and Cars: Summer heat can be deadly

It happens every summer, a baby or child dies after being left in a car on a warm day.  On average, 38 children die from heatstroke after being left in a car every year.  What many parents don't realize a child's body temperature can rise five times faster than an adult's.  I talked to Jill Howell-Berg, MD, pediatrician, Kosair Children’s Hospital Medical Associates – Clarksville about the dangers of leaving children in cars in the summer heat and what to do to help prevent heat-related deaths.