Posts from Sheila Goertemoeller, PharmD, D.ABAT
5 Things Parents Need to Know About Melatonin Use in Kids
It’s estimated that around 25% of healthy children and teens have difficulty sleeping. As a result, parents may explore the use of melatonin to help them sleep. Read the top five things parents should know about it:
How to Safely Disinfect for COVID-19
Correcting misinformation: drinking bleach will not prevent COVID-19, and could cause a serious injury. Read how to safely disinfect for COVID-19, along with other disease-causing germs.
Tips to Prevent Accidental Alcohol Ingestion in Kids
Tis the season for celebrating! While no parent intends for their children to accidentally ingest alcohol, it is a common occurrence. Read more for tips for preventing it and what to do if it happens.
Parents of Teens: 8 Facts To Know About Nicotine in E-Cigarettes
Chances are high that our teens have been exposed to e-cigarettes, thought about using them, or have used them. Read what parents need to know about them so that they can have frank conversations with their teens about the risks.
4 Things Parents Need to Know About Medications and the Summer Heat
The summer heat can change the effectiveness of some medications, and other drugs can magnify the sun's effects. Read further how the sun can impact medicine and what can be done to prevent it.
Quiz: Reasons to Call the Drug & Poison Information Center
No one intends for an accident to happen! Keep the Drug & Poison Info Center number handy to save time in an emergency. Our poison prevention specialists can help you decide next steps to take when there is an accidental exposure. Review this quiz to see the types of questions our call center typically answers.
Parents: Talk to Your Teens About the Dangers of Nicotine Toothpicks
There is a new nicotine product parents need to be aware of: nicotine toothpicks. While cigarette use is down among teens, these alternate forms of nicotine consumption are increasing at an alarming rate. Learn about nicotine toothpicks so that you can talk to your teens about them:
4 Must-Know Facts About Marijuana Edibles
Marijuana edibles are food products that contain marijuana. Learn about the dangers these products can pose related to accidental ingestion.
Accidental Exposure to Substances at School: Keeping Safety Top of Mind
Accidents can happen anywhere, anytime, but many can be prevented with a little information sharing and awareness spreading. Keep back-to-school safety top of mind by reading the most common accidental exposures at school.
“Juuling”: An Update on Teens and E-cigarettes
Juuling is essentially vaping e-cigarettes with an inconspicuous product. Read the 5 things that parents of teenagers need to know about this trend.
Staying Safe While Staying Warm: Carbon Monoxide Reminders
Carbon monoxide is a silent killer: it's invisible and odor-less. With winter in full-swing, read a few reminders to keep your family safe.
Snake Bites: How to Prevent and What to Do If Bitten
It's important to know how to prevent snake bites and what to do if your child is bitten because common misconceptions about snakes can make the bite worse.
Spring Cleaning? Keep These Safety Precautions In Mind
Poisonings are now the leading cause of death from injuries in the US. Follow these Spring cleaning safety reminders to keep your family safe!
E-Cigarettes, Teens and “Dripping”: 4 Safety Concerns
A new study shows that one in four high school students who use e-cigarettes have been "dripping" with them. Read 4 safety concerns.
Avoiding Harmful Exposures: Halloween Safety Tips
By following these safety tips, parents can help prevent Halloween-related exposures and injuries, and be prepared in case of an emergency.
Teething Tablets: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions
The past few weeks have been confusing for parents of teething toddlers. Your questions about teething tablets answered here.
Would You Pass This Pesticide Safety Quiz?
Pesticides pose risks to those who come in contact with them, especially young kids. Take this quiz to see how you do at preventing pesticide exposures.
Flakka: What Parents Need to Know About This Synthetic Drug
The synthetic drug Flakka has the medical community particularly concerned for the following six reasons.
Preventing Accidental Overdose: How to Safely Administer Medications to Kids
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,