More than 80,000 people go to the emergency room each year due to lawn mower injuries. The numbers rise each year. This is troubling and alarming. Young children are at the greatest risk for devastating injuries, reconstructive surgery, permanent disfigurement and disability, or even amputation of a body part. Play an active role in preventing […]

Parents have asked me some painful questions about what to do when their child gets a headache after eating ice cream. I don’t want everyone screaming for anything but ice cream, so let me provide some information on this topic.  Ice cream headaches, AKA “brain freeze”  Ice cream headaches, otherwise known as “brain freeze,” occur […]

Parents have been teeter-tottering over to me to ask about the safety of their neighborhood park or school playground. They want to know whether or not added precautions need to be taken. Let me swing into this one and provide a few playground safety tips. Almost 200,000 children are injured annually on playgrounds, usually after […]

Summer is here and many Vermonters will spend more time outside. During the warmer months, the Northern New England Poison Center manages many calls about pesticides, such as insect repellants, also known as bug spray. Bug Spray Bug sprays with DEET are effective at preventing bites from mosquitos, ticks, and other pests. They help you avoid pain and […]

Summer time is here and that means warmer weather, longer daylight hours and more time outside. It’s the time of year when parents take kids to the park or on overnight camping trips. It’s a great time for families. But it also marks an increase in serious campfire-related injuries. When I first started treating pediatric […]

The first patient death I experienced years ago as a Pediatric Critical Care fellow in training was an elementary school-aged boy who shot himself in the head with his father’s gun.  He was immediately rushed to the hospital where we worked to save his life. Despite the small caliber of the gun, the bullet had […]

Parents, have these thoughts ever run through your mind? I wish my child (or children) had better eating habits. I wonder how my child’s (or children’s) eating habits will, or will not, impact their future healthfulness? Chances are these thoughts have crossed your mind at least once or twice. As a dietitian, I often wonder […]