Poisonous plants are all around us. Some plants can be harmful if you touch them, eat them, or burn them. Sometimes, the whole plant is harmful. Other times, just part of a plant is harmful. Young children often put harmful plants in their mouths. Adults sometimes pick harmful plants to eat, thinking they are safe. […]

Grandmother, aerospace worker, mother, software engineer, aunt, father, daycare employee, attorney, teacher, healthcare worker. What do these people have in common? They all unintentionally left a child to die in a hot car. Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths for children. On average, every 8 days a child dies from heatstroke in […]

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 […]