Holiday Season Fire Safety

By , November 24th, 2015 | Holiday, Safety | 0 Comments

Holiday Season Fire SafetyDuring the holiday and winter season, there are many items and activities that create a risk for fire in the home. Families are often cooking bigger dinners, the winter-chill means the heaters are on full blast and the Christmas tree can also be a fire hazard. Here are home safety tips provided by SafeKids.

Tips for the tree:

  • Keep all live trees in stands that hold water. Check the water every day.
  • Don’t place live trees near heat sources like heater vents, radiators, space heaters or ducts.
  • Don’t overload electrical outlets with plugs or overload a single circuit.
  • Metal can cause an electrical short or fire if it comes in contact with lights …

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Motion Sickness

By , November 19th, 2015 | Holiday, Safety, Uncategorized | 0 Comments

Motion SicknessChelsea Wicks, MD, Renown Medical Group Pediatrics

The holiday season begins this week and many families will be on the road traveling to see family and friends. With everything you have to think about when traveling with children, one to add to the list is the potential for motion sickness. Motion sickness is rather common in children and adults. It occurs when your body’s senses of movement don’t all match up with each other. Your body uses the eyes, inner ears and muscles to sense movement. When in a car, plane or boat, for example, often your eyes are seeing something very different than what your body and ears are sensing.

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Tips to Help Calm Halloween Fears

By , October 29th, 2015 | Holiday, Parenting | 0 Comments

Calm Children's FearsFor children already afraid of the dark and things that go bump in the night, Halloween can be a nightmare. Handle their fears the right way, and October 31 can still be fun for the entire family.

Masks, haunted houses, witches, ghosts and ghouls — it all spells Halloween, and what could be more fun, right?

Try telling that to a 4-year-old who’s afraid to sleep alone and believes monsters live under the bed.

According to Elaine Kudnik, nurse practitioner with Renown Health, it is common for younger children to express Halloween fears — being afraid of monsters, the dark or really anything out of the norm. “This fits in line with normal …

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