Posts for: May, 2019
Drowning is the leading injury-related cause of death for children age 1–4. It doesn’t only happen when you are by the pool or at the beach; drowning can happen anywhere, even in one inch of standing water. Among children under age 4, 70% of drownings happen during non-swim times. It is quick and it is silent, but it is preventable.
Memorial Day has come & gone, but summer is upon us and more families will be active around water. Join the American Academy of Pediatrics and be an advocate for Drowning Prevention. We all can reduce drowning and save children’s lives by working together to implement safety measures we know will protect children.
Drowning can happen to any family. It’s quick, and it’s silent. Drowning is the No. 1 cause of death among children aged 1-4, and is a leading cause of death among teens. We can lower these rates if pediatricians, parents and policy-makers work together to implement the types of solutions we know will keep children safe. Please share these resources with parents and caregivers.
An Important Message on Drowning from Grieving Parents:
Dear Doctors and Families,
We write this from a place of grief, a sense of urgency, and a hope that no other family experiences what we have this summer. On June 10, 2018, we each lost a child to drowning during a non-swim time: Emmy Miller (19 months) and Levi Hughes (3). In the midst of our grief, we are honored to be partnering with the American Academy of Pediatrics on a National Drowning Prevention Awareness Project. We respect our own pediatricians tremendously and hope this message conveys to you that high level of respect as we ask for your partnership with us on this endeavor.
Drowning is the #1 cause of preventable death between the ages 1-4 and the #2 cause in ages 5-14. Raising awareness of physicians, parents, and communities about this underrecognized killer is a shared responsibility that we must embrace. As health care providers, you are perfectly positioned to educate families about the importance of water safety and drowning prevention. We realize that well-child visits are busy, and there is much you must cover. However, you remain a deeply trusted source of information for parents. We hope our stories can help spur you to action and prevent future tragedies.
Over the last two months, we have been stunned to learn how often drownings occur during times when children are not swimming but slip away and drown in pools, ponds, streams, lakes, bathtubs, and even toilets. If you and your colleagues already share information on water safety, including drowning during non-swim times, we THANK YOU. If our stories inspire you to think about how you currently address water safety, we are grateful for your honest reflection.
We will be working with the AAP to develop resources to help you promote awareness using evidence-based approaches at multiple levels, from individual interactions to community and policy interventions. Pediatricians are, by nature, child advocates. If we can help elevate the prevention of drowning, it could save many lives. We believe in the power of the medical community, which is why we are reaching out to you.
Developing quality materials will take time, but we want to provide an action step that can be taken now, so we don’t lose valuable time in spreading awareness. We have developed a PDF flyer that we hope you will print out and hang in your clinics or include in your educational materials for families. Increasing parental awareness of the dangers of water can also lead to discussions of a “water safety plan” for all families. The development of these plans can be immediately implemented into well-child visits, without the need for any materials.
If you would like to know more about the stories of Emmy and Levi, here are the links to the TODAY Show interviews:
We are incredibly grateful for your time and attention to this urgent matter.
With much respect,
The Hughes Family and the Miller Family
Parents and Caregivers: What You Should Know
Measles – 2019 Outbreaks
Total Number Of Measles Cases In US Climbs To 25-Year High Of 971, CDC Reports
The Washington Post (5/30) reports there have been 971 cases of measles in the US so far this year, “the greatest number since 1994, when 963 cases were reported for the entire year,” according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The agency announced the new total on Thursday, rather than waiting for Monday when it typically updates the count, “because it had reached this new milestone.”
The New York Times (5/30) reports CDC Director Robert Redfield said, “Measles is preventable and the way to end this outbreak is to ensure that all children and adults who can get vaccinated, do get vaccinated.” Redfield added, “Again, I want to reassure parents that vaccines are safe, they do not cause autism. The greater danger is the disease that vaccination prevents.” The Times adds that the “measles was eliminated as an endemic disease in the United States in 2000,” but if the current outbreak continues then the US could lose that status, “meaning the disease would be considered endemic in the country for the first time in a generation.”
Actions as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the U.S. Public Health Service
10 Things You Should Know about Measles:
Backyard Poultry – Salmonella Infections
Action (also applicable when visiting Petting Zoos or having residential backyard farm animal/reptile parties)
Blume is living proof that the antidote to misinformation about vaccines is science. "I was relieved," she said, "because I didn't hurt him. His autism wasn't my fault."
are largely a result of parents being afraid to vaccinate their children against the virus. The number one concern? Autism.
This is a show worth watching!