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This week is National Poison Prevention Week! And while it’s a perfect time to raise awareness about the dangers of certain substances and how to avoid ingesting them, the information gleaned from the week is important to be cognizant of › Continue Reading

Conversations about the legalization of marijuana are taking place in households all over the country right now. No matter how you feel about the topic, it’s important for parents to understand what any increased availability of marijuana products can mean for › Continue Reading

Fall is here and that means it’s time to start prepping our yards for the colder weather. At our house, that means fertilizing the lawn and having the house sprayed for those pesky bugs that like to come inside to › Continue Reading

As parents, we could spend all of our days and nights worrying about our kids’ safety and the potential things that may harm them. One of the ways I think we can put our minds at ease, at least somewhat, › Continue Reading

As many parents can probably attest, giving medications to kids can be challenging. For some kids, the medication is yucky and they refuse to take it. From the parent perspective, giving the proper dose can be tricky, especially when it’s › Continue Reading

Brrr — you know it’s cold outside when schools are canceling classes and your Facebook friends are posting pictures of thermometers. With the arctic-like temperatures outside, families are likely doing everything they can to keep warm – both inside their › Continue Reading

The holidays mean something a little bit different for everyone, but for me, it’s the time of year in which I step up my button battery awareness efforts into high gear. My youngest son, Emmett, swallowed a button battery four › Continue Reading

I’ve always loved the holidays, but my passion for it grew exponentially when I had kids. Experiencing the joy of this time of year through their eyes is something I’ll never get tired of. It’s also the time of year › Continue Reading

The issue of prescription drug abuse in the United States has been well documented. What might be surprising for some parents, however, is how common adolescents misuse prescription medications and/or believe that they can safely experiment with them. The statistics › Continue Reading

For many parents the morning starts with a good cup of coffee. Most of us are probably aware that caffeine can be found in some plants and is widely used in food, drinks, and over the counter and prescription products. › Continue Reading

My kids love picnics. There’s something exciting about being in the fresh air and enjoying a meal in the great outdoors. The usual foods my family eats every day seem far more delicious when eaten on a blanket in the › Continue Reading

You might have seen someone using this device at a restaurant, baseball game, or even on an airplane.  E-cigarettes, or electronic cigarettes, simulate tobacco smoking but do not contain tobacco.  E-cigarettes work by vaporizing a liquid solution.  This solution is › Continue Reading

For many, spring cleaning is a time to open the windows and do a little scrubbing and organizing. For others it’s time to get the yard in shape in the hopes of spending more time outside in the warmer weather. › Continue Reading

If you haven’t heard of “sizzurp,” your teen most likely has. It’s also referred to as “purple drank,” “syrup,” or “lean” – as in it will make you lean over. While the drink has been around for a while, it › Continue Reading

I love decorating our home for the holidays, and my kids really get into it too. Every year, on the day after Thanksgiving, we pull out the decorations from the attic and add a little holiday cheer to each room. › Continue Reading

If your kids are like mine, they’ve been counting down the days until Halloween since October 1. It’s an exciting holiday – playing dress-up, visiting other houses, and consuming all of those sugary treats! While Halloween is certainly a fun › Continue Reading

By now you’ve probably heard of the so-called cinnamon challenge.  It’s been around for a long time, but has grown in popularity due to videos posted on YouTube. And while it may seem fairly innocent, it has the potential to › Continue Reading

Parents need to be aware of a dangerous new trend in alcohol consumption – and it doesn’t involve drinking, but rather, breathing. Dubbed the “Vaportini,” this new device hit the market last December and vaporizes alcohol so that it can › Continue Reading

Last week, a study conducted at Boston Children’s Hospital and published in the journal Pediatrics, confirmed speculation that an increase in prescription drug exposures and poisonings among children is related to a significant and increasing number of prescriptions being written for adults. › Continue Reading

So, what’s the big deal with energy drinks? They taste good, they come in cool packaging, you can get them anywhere and it’s just caffeine, right? Energy drinks are marketed as providing a “safe” boost of energy, but recently, there › Continue Reading

It’s the end of October and everyone is buzzing about Halloween costumes and trick-or-treating. It’s such a fun time of year, but as our doctors and experts in the Drug and Poison Information Center remind us, it’s also a time › Continue Reading