Finding a backpack that makes the grade when it comes to their child’s comfort and safety is an important first assignment for parents. Lewis First, MD, Chief of Pediatrics at the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at UVM’s Larner College of Medicine , offers his advice for avoiding injury by picking – […]

With back-to-school season right around the corner, some parents of 5-year-olds wonder whether their child is ready to enter kindergarten. The decision is best made based upon a child’s developmental readiness.  Lewis First, MD, Chief of Pediatrics at the University of Vermont Children’s Hospital and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at UVM’s Larner College of Medicine , offers […]

Jess Lukas, Director of Aquatics at the Greater Burlington YMCA, offers water safety advice in partnership with the University of Vermont Medical Center and UVM Children’s Hospital. We often say at the YMCA, “The world may be 71 percent water, but children are 100 percent curious.” That’s why, it’s never too early to talk safety. […]

Did you know that in the US, excessive heat is the leading weather-related killer, averaging over 100 deaths a year, according to the National Weather Service? Although heatstroke death and injury might seem unlikely in New York’s North Country and Vermont, there have been five in-vehicle child heatstroke fatalities in upstate New York since 2007, […]

While available evidence indicates that most children are not at higher risk for COVID-19, there are plenty of challenges facing parents and families during the pandemic – from concerns about how to keep children healthy, to helping them stay active and get the social interactions that are part of a healthy and fulfilling life as […]

As educators and children return to school during COVID-19, there are new anxiety-inducing concerns facing families. While much of the discussion has focused on what happens inside school, it’s important to consider safety precautions when traveling to and from school.   The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has a great article addressing Return to School During COVID-19 focused on physical distancing, wearing masks, handwashing and cleaning surfaces, and temperature checks, but below are some new, and some more […]