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By contactus@priority-pediatrics.com
September 21, 2019
Category: Safety
Tags: Disasters   Survival List   List   Supplies  

From HealthyChildren.org

Disaster Supplies List for Families

 

Editor's Note: Additional supplies to keep at home or in your car may be recommended based on the types of disasters common to your area.

​Non-Food Items:

  • A note to remind you what you still need to take care of (e.g., get medical equipment; charge cell phones)

  • Cell phone charger

  • Crank or battery-powered radio, flashlights

  • Extra batteries

  • First aid kit (include acetaminophen or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug NSAID, antibiotic cream and antacids) and manual.

  • Prescription medications (month's supply recommended).

    • Medicine should be clearly labeled and kept separate from other supplies. Always have one refill left on prescription medicine, especially for chronic conditions such as diabetes.

  • Photocopies of prescriptions (pharmacy records may not be available right away)

  • Credit card and cash

  • Personal identification and current family identification photos

  • Spare set of car keys

  • Extra pair of eyeglasses or contact lenses

  • Matches in a waterproof container

  • Whistle

  • Map of the area

  • List of important phone numbers

  • Special items for babies/young children/elderly.

  • Three-day supply of water (one gallon per day per person)

  • Toiletries (e.g., toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, hand sanitizer) and toilet paper

  • Paper and pencils

  • Masking or duct tape

  • Water purification method (e.g., bleach or tablets)

  • Plastic bucket with a tight lid

  • Plastic garbage bags

  • Non-electric can opener and utility knife (like a Swiss Army knife)

  • Paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils

  • Blankets or sleeping bags

  • A change of clothing, rain gear, and sturdy shoes for each family member.

  • Disposable gloves

  • Rope

  • Sensory toys or calming devices (e.g., weighted vests, chew toys, fidget toys, white noise or sound machines, blankets)

  • Baby supplies such as diapers, formula, baby food, and wipes

Food Items:

  • Peanut butter and jelly

  • Ready-to-eat canned soup, canned meat, milk, fish, fruit and vegetables (three day supply, including pet food)

  • Bread/crackers stored in waterproof bag or container

  • Powdered or single serve drinks

  • Cereal/granola bars

  • Protein bars

  • Packaged condiments

For Pets:

  • A two-week supply of dry and canned food

  • Water (1/2 gallon per day)

  • Litter box supplies

  • Traveling cage

Important Documents:

Make two copies and keep the originals of the following documents in a safe-deposit box or waterproof container. Consider storing these on a flash drive or online. Keep one copy on hand and give the second to your contact.

  • Wills, insurance policies, contracts, deeds, and investment information

  • Passports, social security cards, immunization records, and medical information or emergency information forms

  • Bank account numbers, credit card account numbers

  • List of valuable household goods

  • Family records and photos (e.g., birth, adoption, and marriage certificates), current children's photos

  • Pet records (vaccination records and medical information)

  • List of accounts with log-in information and passwords

​If there is an emergency and you need to evacuate immediately, make sure to take these items:

  • Personal identification

  • Special items for babies/young children/elderly

  • Three-day supply of water (one gallon per day per person)

  • Bar soap/toiletries

  • Non-electric can opener and utility knife (like a Swiss Army knife)

  • Paper cups, plates, and plastic utensils

  • Blankets or sleeping bags

  • A change of clothing, rain gear, and sturdy shoes for each family member

  • Canned meat, milk, fish, fruit and vegetables (10 cans per person)

 

​Search for open shelters and open disaster recovery centers near you:

Text SHELTER and a zip code to 43362.

To locate an open emergency shelter, text SHELTER and a Zip Code to 43362.
 

 

Additional Information:

 

 
Last Updated
 
8/23/2019
By contactus@priority-pediatrics.com
September 19, 2019
Category: Safety
 
Graphic showing a baby in a rear facing car seat that reads

Child Passenger Safety Week starts today! Celebrate with us and help raise awareness about buckling children in age- and size- appropriate car seats, booster seats, or seat belts. This is a great week to learn how to:

  • buckle kids correctly,
  • identify and understand the car seat stages, and
  • avoid the common mistakes when using car seats, booster seats, and seat belts.

 

What you need to know:

  • Rear-facing car seat: Birth until age 2–4.
For the best possible protection, infants and toddlers should be properly buckled in a rear-facing car seat, in the back seat, until they reach the upper weight or height limits of their seat. Check the seat owner's manual and/or labels on the seat for weight and height limits.
  • Forward-facing car seat: After outgrowing rear-facing seat and until at least age 5.
When children outgrow their rear-facing seats, they should be properly buckled in a forward-facing car seat, in the back seat, until they reach the upper weight or height limit of their seat. Check the seat owner's manual and/or labels on the seat for weight and height limits. 
  • Booster seat: After outgrowing forward-facing seat and until seat belts fit properly.
Once children outgrow their forward-facing seat, they should be properly buckled in a belt positioning booster seat, in the back seat, until seat belts fit properly. Seat belts fit properly when the lap belt lays across the upper thighs (not the stomach) and the shoulder belt lays across the chest (not the neck). Proper seat belt fit usually occurs when children are about 4 feet 9 inches tall and aged 9–12. 
  • Seat Belt: Once seat belts fit properly without a booster seat.
Children no longer need to use a booster seat once seat belts fit properly. Seats belts fit properly when the lap belt lays across the upper thighs (not the stomach) and the shoulder belt lays across the chest (not the neck). Proper seat belt fit usually occurs when children are about 4 feet 9 inches tall and aged 9–12. 

Remember, always properly buckle children age 12 years and younger in the back seat!
 
To learn more about child passenger safety, please visit: www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/child_passenger_safety.
By contactus@priority-pediatrics.com
August 26, 2019
Category: Safety
Tags: Heat Injury or Death   Car  

Heat injury of children and pets left in a car for short periods of time is and has been in the news. nsc.org/heatstroke

This is an excellent Free online tool to prevent heat stroke in a car: https://training.nsc.org/hot-cars/.

I highly recommend it to you.

Dr. T

By contactus@priority-pediatrics.com
August 26, 2019
Category: Safety
Tags: sunburn   Sun Safety  

From the American Academy of Pediatrics

https://youtu.be/uhnLOgwf4hk

Spending time outdoors is a common activity on spring breaks or summer vacations, but remember to protect against the sun’s rays. Everyone is at risk for sunburn. Children especially need to be protected from the sun’s burning rays, since most sun damage occurs in childhood. Like other burns, sunburn will leave the skin red, warm, and painful. In severe cases, it may cause blistering, fever, chills, headache, and a general feeling of illness. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers tips to keep children safe in the sun.

Sun Safety for Babies Under 6 Months

  • Babies under 6 months of age should be kept out of direct sunlight. Move your baby to the shade under a tree, umbrella or stroller canopy. Dress babies in lightweight clothing that covers the arms and legs and use brimmed hats that shade the neck to prevent sunburn.
  • When adequate clothing and shade are not available, parents can apply a minimal amount of sunscreen with at least 15 SPF (sun protection factor) on infants under 6 months to small areas, such as the infant's face and the back of the hands. Remember it takes 30 minutes to be effective.
  • If an infant gets sunburn, apply cool compresses to the affected area.
  • Sun Safety for Kids

  • The first, and best, line of defense against harmful ultraviolet radiation (UVR) exposure is covering up. Stay in the shade whenever possible, and limit sun exposure during the peak intensity hours - between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Select clothes made of tightly woven fabrics. Cotton clothing is both cool and protective.
  • Try to find a wide-brimmed hat that can shade the cheeks, chin, ears andback of the neck. Sunglasses with ultraviolet (UV) protection are also a good idea for protecting your child's eyes.
  • Apply sunscreen with an SPF 15 or greater to areas of your child's skin that aren't covered by clothing. Before applying, test the sunscreen on your child's back for an allergic reaction. Apply carefully around the eyes, avoiding eyelids. If a rash develops, talk with your pediatrician.
  • Be sure to apply enough sunscreen -- about one ounce per sitting for a young adult.
  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or after swimming or sweating.
  • If your child gets sunburn that results in blistering, pain or fever, contact your pediatrician.

Sun Safety for the Family 

  • The sun's rays are the strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Try to keep out of the sun during those hours.
  • The sun's damaging UV rays can bounce back from sand, water, snow or concrete; so be particularly careful of these areas.
  • Wear commercially available sun-protective clothing, like swim shirts.
  • Most of the sun's rays can come through the clouds on an overcast day; so use sun protection even on cloudy days.
  • When choosing a sunscreen, look for the words "broad-spectrum" on the label - it means that the sunscreen will protect against both ultraviolet B (UVB) and ultraviolet A (UVA) rays. Choose a water-resistant sunscreen and reapply every two hours or after swimming, sweating or towel drying. You may want to select a sunscreen that does not contain the ingredient oxybenzone, a sunscreen chemical that may have hormonal properties.
  • Zinc oxide, a very effective sunscreen, can be used as extra protection on the nose, cheeks, top of the ears and on the shoulders.
  • Use a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15. The additional benefits of using sunscreen with SPF 50+ are limited.
  • Rub sunscreen in well, making sure to cover all exposed areas, especially the face, nose, ears, feet and hands, and even the backs of the knees.
  • Put on sunscreen 30 minutes before going outdoors - it needs time to work on the skin.
  • Sunscreens should be used for sun protection and not as a reason to stay in the sun longer.
By contactus@priority-pediatrics.com
August 26, 2019
Category: Safety
Tags: Drowning   death   Accidents   pool  

Drowning Is Leading Cause Of Unintentional Deaths Among Children Between Ages Of One And Four

The Washington Post (7/4) reported, “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drowning is the leading cause of unintentional deaths among children between” the ages of one and four. What’s more, “for every child who drowns, another five visit the emergency department for a nonfatal injury associated with submersion.” Currently, the Consumer Product Safety Commission is running “a national public education campaign aimed to reduce child drownings and swimming pool entrapments.” Called Pool Safely, the campaign “was designed to educate parents and children about pool risks – and how to sidestep them without giving up the pursuit of summer fun.”

        According to the Washington Post (7/5), Sarah Denny, “lead author of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Prevention of Drowning policy statement,” feels that “parents need to start by honestly acknowledging that drowning is a threat to their children.” Denny said, “If your child has swimming lessons, don’t assume that they’re drown-proof; assume they need supervision.” She added, “Parents must be aware of the risks and take proper precautions,” including knowing that drowning “happens both when children are expected to be around water and when they’re not expected to be around water,” such as when a child sneaks into a pool enclosure. The AAP “recommends four-sided” pool “fencing with a minimum height of four feet and self-closing, self-latching gates” which should be “shut and locked” during non-swim times.

Even though Summer is almost over, it's never too late to be aware!

Dr. T