My desk piles up this time of year with graduation announcements from my patients, and I cherish every one of them. I look at them often, thinking of these precious young people and what a privilege it has been for me to care for them during their childhood.
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.
My gift to all mothers on this Mother's Day is this—grace. This holiday, I hope every one of you moms will take a moment and remind yourself that you deserve praise EVERY day, not just on a day highlighted on the calendar.
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.