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screen time

Today’s parents are faced with decisions to make over how much time their children spend in front of a screen. “Screen time” is a term used for activities done in front of a screen like watching videos on a tablet, working on a computer, watching TV or playing video games. Computers can help kids with […]

child obesity

Child obesity is an epidemic in the United States. Today, doctors are treating obese children for medical conditions once only seen in the adult population such as type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, sleep apnea and more. In addition to health problems, child obesity can lead to depression and even lower math and reading scores (Mitgang, […]

school safety tips

Every year, 14 million children experience an unintentional injury; up to 25 percent of the accidents occur in and around their school. It makes sense; more than 53 million children attend school and they spend almost a quarter of their day on school property. Parents don’t have a lot of control over preventing a school […]

playground rules

Today’s kids are having a very different school playground experience than their parents and grandparents. Concerns over injuries and general safety have prompted schools to eliminate many traditional games from the school yard, such as tag and red rover and stop actions like hanging upside down on the monkey bars and jumping off of swings. […]

school playground safety

Many of the school playground games that parents remember playing as kids are no longer allowed: dodge ball, tag, red rover and even activities like hanging upside down or sitting on top of the monkey bars, jumping off of swings and climbing up or sliding head first down the slide. We are in a new […]

Home playground

There is little that children enjoy more than a home playground. Sadly though, in the time that it takes you to read this blog post, a child will be severely injured and admitted to an emergency room as a result of a playground-related accident. Every year there are over 200,000 injuries and approximately 15 child […]

medical errors

We have all heard of horrific medical errors like tools being sewn back up into a patient or having the wrong limb amputated but the perception that these types of errors were rare has been shattered through research. The National Institutes of Health landmark report issued in 1999 called “To Err is Human” estimated that […]

motorcycle safety

In theory – and by law – motorcyclists have all the same rights and privileges as any motor vehicle driver on the roadway but the reality is that motorcyclists bear more accidents and injuries than other motor vehicle drivers. May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month; drivers of all other vehicles and all road users are […]

Electric shock drowning

Kids, teens and adults love to jump off docks into lakes but hardly anybody knows that if the dock has 120-volt AC power, lethal amounts of electricity could be lurking in the water from faulty wiring on the dock or a nearby boat. In a one-week period in July, 2012, four children and one young […]

lawn mower safety

With spring in full swing, lawn mowing season is here. Teenagers are often tasked with mowing the lawn; some mow lawns for a summer job. The reality is, however, that mowing the lawn can be extremely dangerous to children, the operator and those nearby if proper safety precautions aren’t taken. The American Academy of Orthopaedic […]