We’ve had some hot weather this year, and summer is not even half over! Now is a good time to remind ourselves about the dangers of child in-vehicle heatstroke. There are several ways heatstroke tragedies can occur. And, there are steps you can take to prevent all of these. Intentionally Leaving a Child in a […]
In my role as a Child Passenger Safety Specialist, I work with lots of families who are preparing to take their baby home from the hospital. Most people understand that a newborn must ride in a rear-facing car seat (and never in front of an active airbag). But when is it safe to turn your […]
Many parents are looking for ways to teach their children the importance of seeking out diverse people, ideas, and experiences while learning, themselves, that the goal is equitable treatment for our Black, indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) communities. Here is advice from one of our pediatric child psychologists.
Our LGBTQ+ friends, family and neighbors have faced long-standing challenges in our society from increased rates of mental health issues to higher rates of substance use, but during the COVID-19 quarantine, they are managing another daunting issue. Pride Month is celebrated every June, and in honor of this month we’d like to address this important issue.
All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs) are a popular recreational activity and they can be a useful tool for those who own large areas of land or farms, however the UVM Medical Center reports a threefold increase in ATV-related injuries in the Emergency Department this season.
The school year is ending and many summer camps and childcare programs remain closed prompting families to get creative in the way they entertain their children. More and more of these popping up in backyards, now seems like a good time to talk about safety.
Every spring the Northern New England Poison Center manages a number of poisonings from foragers picking toxic plants and mushrooms mistaken for safe, healthy food. Most recently, the UVM Medical Center Emergency Department has seen a spike in poisonings from people ingesting a plant called false hellebore that they thought were wild ramps. “Now that people are headed outside, we are seeing more plant-related poisonings,” says Rebecca Bell, […]
In my previous article, I shared tips for parents on how to relieve the stress of spending so much time with your children at home and feeling isolated from the rest of the world. Now, I’ll focus on helping children reduce their fears and anxieties during this coronavirus pandemic. How Children Show Stress Be aware […]
Safe Kids Vermont is focused on keeping kids safe, and we know part of that is helping keep parents’ sane! If you are feeling overwhelmed, or at a loss as to what you can do to keep your children occupied while practicing social distancing, we are here to help. We have seen lots of lists of activities online, but so […]
Social distancing is so important to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As a result, it is important to cancel gatherings and parties for important occasions and events. It can be hard to deal with the emotional response when you cancel these events as they are often related to some of life’s most exciting milestones. Here […]