Check out this article in this month’s Atlantic about screens and the effect they have on parenting.
“. . . emerging research suggests that a key problem remains underappreciated. It involves kids’ development, but it’s probably not what you think. More than screen-obsessed young children, we should be concerned about tuned-out parents.”
Photo from Atlantic article
“Influenza (also known as flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. Flu is different from a cold, and usually comes on suddenly.”
The CDC offers several handouts online about how to reduce your risk of contracting the flu and what to do if you or a family member contracts the flu. See below for more information:
Smokers expose their families to increased levels of nicotine and chemical residue left behind from cigarettes known as “thirdhand smoke.”
Source: A new worry for smokers’ families: ‘thirdhand smoke’
Technology is designed to be addictive, offering gratification that’s similar to that of drug abuse or gambling. Author Adam Alter says a new frontier could soon provide another escape from reality.
Source: ‘Irresistible’ By Design: It’s No Accident You Can’t Stop Looking At The Screen
It’s that time of year when head lice start to spread through schools. Educate yourself so you can reduce your family’s likelihood of dealing with these unwelcome guests.
From the CDC:
Head lice are spread most commonly by direct head-to-head (hair-to-hair) contact. However, much less frequently they are spread by sharing clothing or belongings onto which lice have crawled or nits attached to shed hairs may have fallen. The risk of getting infested by a louse that has fallen onto a carpet or furniture is very small. Head lice survive less than 1–2 days if they fall off a person and cannot feed; nits cannot hatch and usually die within a week if they are not kept at the same temperature as that found close to the scalp.
The following are steps that can be taken to help prevent and control the spread of head lice:
- Avoid head-to-head (hair-to-hair) contact during play and other activities at home, school, and elsewhere (sports activities, playground, slumber parties, camp).
- Do not share clothing such as hats, scarves, coats, sports uniforms, hair ribbons, or barrettes.
- Do not share combs, brushes, or towels. Disinfest combs and brushes used by an infested person by soaking them in hot water (at least 130°F) for 5–10 minutes.
- Do not lie on beds, couches, pillows, carpets, or stuffed animals that have recently been in contact with an infested person.
- Machine wash and dry clothing, bed linens, and other items that an infested person wore or used during the 2 days before treatment using the hot water (130°F) laundry cycle and the high heat drying cycle. Clothing and items that are not washable can be dry-cleaned OR sealed in a plastic bag and stored for 2 weeks.
- Vacuum the floor and furniture, particularly where the infested person sat or lay. However, spending much time and money on housecleaning activities is not necessary to avoid reinfestation by lice or nits that may have fallen off the head or crawled onto furniture or clothing.
- Do not use fumigant sprays or fogs; they are not necessary to control head lice and can be toxic if inhaled or absorbed through the skin.
To help control a head lice outbreak in a community, school, or camp, children can be taught to avoid activities that may spread head lice.
Further Reading from the Mayo clinic available here.
Parents decline to vaccinate kids against the flu because they don’t think they need it. Influenza leads to more hospitalizations and deaths among children than any other vaccine preventable disease.
Source: Why Parents Don’t Get Their Children Vaccinated For The Flu
An interesting article discussing how to talk to the parents of your child’s friends about guns in their homes.
Asking other parents whether they have guns in their homes — and how they store firearms –- can be part of a broader discussion about safety that takes place before a play date.
Source: Ask Well: Gun Storage and Children
“The developing brains of children and teens are particularly vulnerable to nicotine, which is why the growing popularity of e-cigarettes among adolescents is so alarming and dangerous to their long-term health,” Karen Wilson, who chairs the AAP’s Section on Tobacco Control, said in a statement.
Source: Pediatricians want tobacco, e-cigs banned for people under 21
“Tobacco use during pregnancy remains one of the most common preventable causes of pregnancy complications, illness, and death among infants.”
Here is a great article on sun safety. We want to make sure you have a great and safe summer!
Sun Safety: Information for Parents About Sunburn & Sunscreen – HealthyChildren.org.