Best Carseat Position
Signs of Bullimia
Dog Bite Prevention
Sit Them In the Middle
In a study released May 5, the American Academy of Pediatrics reaffirms its recommendation that children – especially those under age 3 – using child safety seats are safest in the middle of the back seat of the car. In fact, those in the middle had a 43% lower risk of being injured in a car accident than those seated on either the passenger or driver’s side of the car. Find out more …
A New Warning Sign of Bulimia
Girls who make themselves throw up to control their weight (otherwise known as bulimia), are more likely to have irregular menstrual cycles than those who don’t. And this could help parents and others discover their problem and get them to help. In a study from Children’s Hospital of Boston reported in May’s Journal of Adolescent Health, researchers looked at 2,800 high school girls in the National Eating Disorders Screening Program. They found that those who induced vomiting just once to three times a month were more than 1 ½ times more likely to have irregular periods than other girls, and those who vomited weekly were more than three times more likely. Find out more …
Dog Bite Prevention Week, May 18-24
Any dog can bite, and every year more than 4 million dogs in the U.S. do. About half the victims are children under age 10. Here are a few bite-prevention tips from the American Veterinary Medical Association, the AAP, and the U.S. Postal Service:
- Be cautious around strange dogs, and treat your own with respect. Teach your kids to do the same.
- Never leave a baby or small child alone with a dog.
- Don’t run past a dog. They naturally love to chase and catch things.
- Never disturb a dog that’s caring for puppies, sleeping or eating.
- If a dog approaches to sniff you, stay still.
- If you’re threatened by a dog, stay calm. Avoid eye contact, and try to back away slowly.
- If a dog attacks you, fall to the ground and curl into a ball with your hands over your head and neck. Protect your face.