A child is taken to the emergency room approximately every three hours because they swallowed a button battery. Button batteries are extremely dangerous if ingested, and you only have about two hours to get your child to the hospital before they are at risk for major injury or even death.
Drowning is the second leading cause of death in children ages 1-4, and it's estimated that 88% of all child drownings occur when at least one adult is present. That's why it's essential to take precautions every time your kids are in or near the water.
Babysitting is often the first opportunity kids have to earn money outside of their home, and the best babysitters are those who are prepared to handle a variety of situations. “Babysitting is a very big responsibility,” says Carisa Hettich, executive director of the Southwest Oregon Chapter of the American Red Cross, which offers a babysitting training course.
The human papillomavirus (HPV) is one of the most common sexually transmitted diseases, and the virus can cause many types of cancers, including cervical cancer. There is a vaccine that can prevent HPV infection, and it’s recommended for both girls and boys.
Ear infections are a common ailment in children; about 75 percent of kids will experience at least one by age 3. Some ear infections require treatment, others clear up on their own. Dr. Pilar Bradshaw with Eugene Pediatric Associates discusses what causes ear infections and how they are treated.
Parenting Now! in Eugene, Oregon, provides programs and resources to support parents of young children, including the Baby Connection program. This free, weekly, drop-in support group offers moms and dads a safe place to connect with other parents, receive feeding assistance, and get answers to their questions and concerns.