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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

June 26, 2019
Category: Safety
Tags: Guns   death   Storage   2nd Amendment   Second Amendment   unlocked   Asking   firearms  
June 21 is "Asking Saves Kids Day"

On June 21st pediatricians were promoting a national campaign from the American Academy of Pediatrics and Brady United entitled Asking Saves Kids. It's never too late to ask this question even after June 21.
This annual campaign encourages caregivers/parents to ask about the presence of unlocked firearms in the homes their children visit on the first day of summer.  On ASK day June 21st, all physicians and medical staff were encouraged to ask families about safe firearm storage in their homes.  ASK Day is important because 1/3 of all American homes with children have a gun in them, and roughly 40% of gun owning households store their guns unlocked. The CDC estimates nearly 2 million children live in a home with loaded, unlocked guns. As a result, every 30 minutes a child or teen dies or is injured by a gun. In the state of Georgia from 2010-2017, 452 children died from firearm injuries.
This should not be the cost of our 2nd Amendment privileges. 

Please ASK one question that can change your child’s life when your child plays in your home or over at someone's residence:  
Is there an unlocked gun where my child plays?
November 06, 2018
Tags: Influenza   Flu   immunizations   Vaccines   death   Myths  


A child in Florida has become the first person to die of the flu this season, according to state health officials. State epidemiologists say the child had not been vaccinated and was otherwise healthy before getting sick with the flu.

The child, who tested positive for influenza B, died sometime during the week of Sept. 30, although privacy concerns prevent officials from saying exactly where, CBS affiliate WTSP reports.

Last flu season, 183 children in the U.S. died from flu or flu-related causes. That's the most since the CDC began keeping these records in 2004. Overall, an estimated 80,000 Americans died from flu last season.

CBS News medical contributor Dr. Tara Narula says this latest news should be a wake-up call to parents to get their children vaccinated. 

"What this is a strong clear message to parents about the importance of vaccination," she told "CBS This Morning." "This vaccine is safe. It is the most effective tool we have. And we know of the pediatric deaths last year, 80 percent were in kids who were unvaccinated."

8 common myths about cold and flu debunked

A new survey suggests that many children may not be getting the potentially life-saving flu shot because of their parents' misconceptions about the safety and importance of vaccines.

The survey by Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital found:

More than half of parents think that their child can get the flu from the flu shot.30 percentof parents feel flu vaccines are a conspiracy.28 percentof parents believe flu vaccines can cause autism.

"None of these things are true. It's important that we deal with the science and the facts," Narula said.

The CDC recommends everyone age 6 months and older get vaccinated against the fluevery year.

"Officials have said it's like wearing a seat belt," Narula said. "This is really a no-brainer for parents."

June 11, 2018
Category: Infectious Disease
Tags: Influenza   Flu   flu shot   vaccine   immunization   death   epidemic  


This Year’s Flu Season Killed Record Number Of Children.

The Washington Post (6/8) said a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report indicates that the flu “killed 172 children between October and May, making this season one of the deadliest since federal health authorities began tracking pediatric deaths 14 years ago.” The new figure “exceeds the 171 child deaths reported for 2012-2013, the previous record for a regular season,” according to the Post, which added, “Only the 2009 swine flu pandemic, which killed 358 children, was worse.” Daniel Jernigan, head of the CDC’s influenza division, explained that the number of deaths “is a record number since we’ve been keeping track, outside of the pandemic” and is considered to be an undercount because it only includes cases confirmed by laboratories listed on death certificates and reported to the CDC.

        The AP (6/8) reported, “The past flu season wasn’t a pandemic, but it was long – 19 weeks” – and “also was unusually intense, with high levels of illness reported in nearly every state for weeks on end.

        Newsweek (6/8) reported that according to the CDC, “About 80 percent of the fatalities were among children who hadn’t been vaccinated.”


Let's all hope the flu vaccine picked for next epidemic season will be right on and effective.

Dr.  T


May 26, 2018
Category: Uncategorized


Researchers Quantify How Long It Takes For Cars To Reach Killer Temperatures.


TODAY (5/24) reports that researchers have quantified “how long it takes for cars to reach killer temperatures in either the sun or the shade.” Testing six cars of various sizes and makes, researchers found that “left in the sun on a 100-degree day in Arizona, it took just an hour for the interior temperature to hit 116 degrees.” In the shade, “interior temperatures reached 100 degrees after one hour and seats were 105 degrees.” The article points out that heatstroke becomes damaging “when a child’s body temperature rises above 104 degrees.”


        HealthDay (5/24) reports that researchers next “modeled how a two-year-old child might fare in such conditions.” The investigators found that just “one hour in a sunny spot or two hours in a shaded vehicle could cause heat injury or even death.” The findings were published online in the journal Temperature.


        The Tennessean (5/24) reports that the American Academy of Pediatrics has some recommendations “to minimize child deaths in hot cars,” including never leaving a “small child alone in a car under any circumstances,” not even for a moment, and not even when the car’s air conditioning is running.



        Prevent Child Deaths in Hot Cars