It’s that time of year again! The holidays are beginning for many families, and the rush is on to find that perfect gift. Whether you’ve gotten all of the presents long ago, or you are still in the “research” phase, it’s a good idea to have safety a priority in addition to fun.
Getting presents for kids can be really easy, or quite tricky. You have to think about age appropriateness, trends, components, to name a few considerations. Not sure what to do? It’s okay, here are few tips.
This is a major time for development in many ways. Kids learn a lot quickly and by experience. They are very curious, and while it is a very good thing, it may sometimes get them unfortunate situations. Luckily, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission established a standard for toys produced or imported.
As you may know, also watch out for small pieces and anything breakable. Toys at least 1.25” in diameter and 2” long, or round objects 1.75” and up are large enough to not get lodged in the windpipe. Keeping an eye out for these will help the little ones stay happy and healthy.
At this age, kids are developing at different rates. And while your kid may be more advanced than his or her peers, it is important to still understand that the safety information on a toy is there for a reason.
Popular toys at this age include bicycles and skateboards, darts, games, and toy guns. When it comes to bicycles and such, remind them to always wear a helmet and the appropriate safety gear, even if they are reluctant to wear it. Darts and arrows should not have sharp points, and toy guns should be brightly colored so as to not be mistaken for real weapons; kids should be taught to never point these toys at anyone.
Keep in mind that at this age kids are tempted by non-toys. These can be very dangerous. Make sure that anything like matches, fireworks, knives, etc. are stored securely and out of reach, while also reviewing with the children the consequences of touching what they shouldn’t.
The thyroid is a small H-shaped gland located at the base of the neck. It’s situated between the cartilages of the larynx, also known as the voice box. While it’s not impressive in size, it is impressive when you consider the essential functions it fuels.
What are some of these functions? Even more important, what are some common problems that disrupt the way it works? Last but not least, how can you avoid those issues and keep this important gland in working order?
Did you know that more than 3 million people in the U.S. alone have glaucoma?
Did you know that by 2030, that number is expected to rise by nearly 60%?
Did you know that an individual with glaucoma can lose as much as 40% of their sight without even noticing?
Those facts alone answer the question, “Why is raising glaucoma awareness so important?” How can this eyesight thief be stopped if, on a grand scale, most don’t know that it poses a threat to them? Consider the following important facts to get you started on the road to increased awareness of this disease.
You know the signs. Your child keeps pulling at his or her ear in discomfort. There’s pus or fluid draining from the ear. You notice trouble hearing, sleeping and perhaps even balancing. The ear discomfort usually follows or happens at the same time as other symptoms like sore throat, cough, and runny nose. They’re unusually fussy and have even come down with a fever.
These are all possible symptoms of the dreaded ear infection, which keeps many parents up at night as they try to care for their uncomfortable little ones. Have you ever wondered what causes these infections or if they can be prevented? Furthermore, what’s the best way to care for a suffering child? Wonder no more.