Even here in Vermont, heat-related illness can be a major issue for athletes. Consequences range from decreased performance to death. In fact, heat stroke is the third leading cause of death in athletes after cardiac disorders and cervical spine trauma. It is important to recognize and treat heat illness before major complications arise. Equally important […]

Parents who speak more than one language in their home have been asking me lots of questions about what to expect when teaching their infants and toddlers to be bilingual. Let me translate those concerns into some helpful information about children who are raised or taught to be bilingual.  There are benefits to being bilingual. Studies have […]

Summer brings fun, but it can also bring injuries if we are not careful or prepared. The most common summer injuries include cuts, ticks, poison ivy, sunburns, eye injuries, and broken bones. Fortunately, it’s simple to take preventive measures to stop these problems in their tracks. One great way to prepare is to create two […]

Every summer, the University of Vermont Medical Center Division of Plastics and Reconstruction Surgery provides trauma reconstructive care to children who have been injured by lawn mowers. This year, we want to reach out to families and urge them to reconsider how they mow their lawns when there are children around. It is our hope that […]

With holiday parades come lots of costumed characters, including often our own University of Vermont Children’s Hospital mascot Monty the Moose. And parents have certainly not been masking their questions in regard to how to help their toddler or preschooler overcome their fear of costumed characters and mascots. Well, let me try to remove those fears […]

Summer weather is here and there may be more opportunities for you and your family to spend more time around loud noises. Some common exposure to noise may be from lawn equipment, concerts, sporting events, fireworks, and listening to loud music through personal headphones. Noise-induced hearing loss can be caused by sudden loud sounds such […]

Summer is a great time in Vermont for enjoying the outdoors. We are lucky to have so many beautiful areas to explore and enjoy. Most of the time, things go just fine, but reviewing some basic safety precautions will help keep people safe. Swimming holes I love swimming, especially during these hot summer days. Swimming […]

It’s statistically proven that it can take upwards of 21 days to create habitual behaviors; however, it can take far less time to break such behaviors. Maintaining a routine for proper dental care may be a challenge. Strange, isn’t it? For most, regular dental care is something that has been ingrained in us since childhood. […]