Preschool Health & Safety Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • Reporting Behaviors of Concern

    Reporting Behaviors of Concern

    Yesterday we talked about specific behaviors of concern that may tell you that someone is sexually abusing or being abused. Now we’re going to talk about what to do if you see a behavior of concern and/or a child discloses abuse to you. Trust Your Gut and Speak Up Wherever you see behaviors of concern […]

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    Child Sexual Abuse – The Warning Signs

    Adult sexual abusers groom children (and their parents) rather methodically. By paying attention to warning signs, adults can disrupt behaviors of concern. Behaviors of Concern in Adults Pay attention to adults who spend excessive time with children instead of peers, who have a “special” kid friend, and who turn to children for comfort or activities […]

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  • Concussion Symptoms

    Concussion Symptoms

    A concussion is a traumatic brain injury that can be caused by a bump, blow, or jolt to the head or from a blow to the body that causes the head to move rapidly from one side to another. Children can experience a concussion during any sport or recreational activity, so it’s important for coaches […]

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  • Food Allergies A Bigger Problem Than Previously Reported

    Food Allergies A Bigger Problem Than Previously Reported

    If it seems like nowadays there’s someone in every school classrooms with a food allergy, that’s because almost 1 in 12 kids today have food allergies – and 1 in 32 have serious food allergies, serious enough to have already caused the child to have symptoms like trouble breathing, a drop in blood pressure, or […]

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  • Cold Medicine for Your Kids

    Cold Medicine for Your Kids

    Last year an advisory panel of independent experts convened by the FDA recommended that the FDA ban popular over-the-counter oral decongestants, antihistamines and cough suppressants for children under the age of 6 with colds. Recently large drug companies have voluntarily decided to advise parents not to give these medicines to kids under 4.

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  • Awash in Cold Medicines

    Awash in Cold Medicines

    Question: Who took cough and cold medicines the most? Answer: Kids aged 2 through 5 years – the very group for whom the FDA expert panel voted to ban them last year (although the FDA has not done this as of August 2008).

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  • Superbugs at School (and Preschool)

    Superbugs at School (and Preschool)

    MRSA infections now kill more Americans than does HIV/AIDS, according to a CDC report in the October 17, 2007 Journal of the American Medical Association. Most of these infections are in adults over age 65, but infections with resistant bacteria are on the rise, even among healthy children. The important bacteria for parents to know […]

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  • Obese in Preschool

    Obese in Preschool

    More than 10 percent of American kids between the ages of 2 and 5 are already overweight or obese, according to the January 2005 annual statistics report of the American Heart Association. This number comes from an analysis of children measured in 2002, and is the latest data available. It’s almost half-again as many as […]

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  • Snoring, Memory, Attention, and Learning

    Snoring, Memory, Attention, and Learning

    Would you rather your kindergarten-age child had blood lead levels 3 times the safe limit (like children living next to a lead smelters – double the level of most kids with lead toxicity), or would your rather your child snored? The impact on the brain is about the same, according to a provocative study in […]

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  • Childhood Obesity and Cancer

    Childhood Obesity and Cancer

    The heavier kids are during the toddler, preschool, and school years, the greatest the chance they have of developing cancer as young adults, according to a study published in the November 1, 2004 International Journal of Cancer. Researchers in the Boyd Orr Study of Diet and Health in Pre-War Britain measured the heights and weights […]

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