Safety and Prevention

Location closures: In response to the COVID-19 outbreak and current patient volumes, our Eastgate, Mason, and Northern Kentucky locations are closed until further notice. This includes Urgent Care at Mason. The Psychiatry Partial Hospitalization Program is also closed at this time. These closures will › Continue Reading

COVID-19 is at the top of everyone’s minds and we’re all wondering how to prevent it. I’ve seen some inaccurate information on social media about drinking vinegar and bleach to prevent COVID-19 from spreading. And I’d like to address it › Continue Reading

New things and situations are anxiety producing, and COVID-19 is no exception. So much is unknown about the disease, and things seem to be changing quickly. This can be worrisome for both adults and kids. Parents may be wondering how › Continue Reading

COVID-19 is spreading in the United States and it is important for parents and caregivers of immunocompromised children and teens to be diligent about precautions and make some preparations.   We don’t know enough about COVID-19 to be able to predict the impact it will › Continue Reading

No matter where you go these days, people are using earphones.  They use them for communicating, listening to music, and blocking background noise.  They come in a variety of shapes and sizes — from those that completely cover the ears, › Continue Reading

The rate of sleep-related infant deaths has declined more than 50 percent since the 1994 Back-to-Sleep campaign was launched, encouraging parents to place infants to sleep on their backs. Unfortunately, sleep-related infant deaths still claim 3,600 lives in the United › Continue Reading

We named our daughter Alana Faith, because it sounds like “a lot of faith.” It felt appropriate given how greatly we needed to lean on it from the very beginning of her life.    A Complex Combination of Diagnoses Alana › Continue Reading

Working at the Drug and Poison Information Center (DPIC), I answer questions from callers about accidental exposures to harmful substances. Particularly around the holidays, we’ll receive an uptick in calls about accidental alcohol ingestion in kids.  Alcohol is potentially toxic to children, and › Continue Reading

Coverage of vaping-related illnesses is all over the news – and with good reason. E-cigarettes have been utilized for a while, yet suddenly there has been a dramatic uptick in acute lung injuries. The common thread between these illnesses is › Continue Reading

The number of teens using e-cigarettes is staggering. According to the NIH, 9.5% of 8th graders, 14% of 10th graders and 16% of 12th graders used them in the prior month of their reporting. What’s more, the Journal of the › 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, running around the neighborhood, and consuming all of those sugary treats! While it is a fun › Continue Reading

While social media was meant to bring people together in a positive way, we’re all well aware of the potential abuses, such as cyberbullying. One of the main reasons that social media is ripe for abuse is because many apps › Continue Reading

The American Justice Department statistics show that 1 in every 4 kids will be bullied some time in their adolescence. With the consequences of bullying well-documented, this is a sobering statistic. On the flip side, it can be equally disheartening › Continue Reading

As a clinician who has completed psychiatric assessments in the Emergency Department and now teaches suicide prevention, I believe knowing the warning signs of suicide can be helpful for parents in addressing the needs of their child. These warning signs › Continue Reading

Studies suggest that the majority of people who die by suicide give warning signs beforehand, but the signs are not always obvious.  We all – as parents, friends, family and community members – need to be looking for the warning › Continue Reading

The short answer to this question is, as long as possible. Previously, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) stated that children are safer riding rear-facing up to age 2. The AAP recently removed the specific age milestone. Now, the latest › Continue Reading

Summer calls for us to be outside – spending time away from home and out in the sun. You’ve packed the sunscreen and water, but if your kids take medications, you may need to consider a few more things. The › Continue Reading

Fireworks Safety Tips

Fireworks are a fantastic sight, and a part of many families’ summer celebrations. But the reality is that they are also involved in a significant number of injuries to children each year. In fact, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission › Continue Reading

With so many sunscreen products on the market, it can be a challenge to know which one is best for protecting your family’s skin. Here’s what you should look for on the product label when buying sunscreen this summer. 1. › Continue Reading

I’m getting asked about measles a lot these days. In 2019, we’ve seen record numbers of cases in the U.S.—more than we’ve seen since 1994—and the number continues to grow each week. Measles is highly contagious, and there is no › Continue Reading

A helmet is the most effective way to reduce the risk of traumatic brain injury when a child is riding a bike, scooter or skateboard. That should be enough to convince anyone to wear one, but unfortunately studies show only › Continue Reading

It’s starting to feel like summer and these warmer days call for a reminder about the danger of vehicle-related heatstroke. The most recent data lists heatstroke as one of the leading causes of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths for children. On average, every › Continue Reading

Corralling my kids long enough to slather the recommended golf ball-sized amount of sunscreen all over their skin is no easy task. Their wriggling and writhing combined with the sunscreen’s greasiness make it messy and challenging. But it’s worth the › Continue Reading

Measles cases are on the rise after having been eliminated in the United States nearly two decades ago. Since 2000, measles has been a rare disease in the U.S. But in 2019, we’ve had nearly 1,000 cases reported throughout the › Continue Reading

It’s the time of year when many people like to clean and organize their homes.  This often involves throwing out unwanted items, including prescription medications. It is important to dispose of unused and expired medicines safely to help avoid accidental › Continue Reading