Safety and Prevention

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

Parenting is both amazing and challenging, all day every day. We parents of tweens and teens (I have a 12 year old daughter and feel all of your pain) have the added challenge of managing the fact that kids are › Continue Reading

As a parent of three teenagers, I worry about a lot of things. At the top of that list are the challenges they face as they begin making their own decisions. Adolescents and young adults have a tremendous amount of › Continue Reading

It may seem intimidating to talk to your children about keeping their bodies safe, but this conversation could make a dramatic impact on their safety and development. The Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children is dedicated to spreading the › Continue Reading

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 them, the information gleaned from the week is important to be cognizant of all › Continue Reading

There’s a whole new set of things for parents to think about when their children become teenagers. Often at the top of the list are mood-altering or health-damaging substances, such as drugs, alcohol and tobacco. As both a parent of › Continue Reading

Conversations about the legalization of marijuana are taking place in households all over the country right now, including here in Ohio. Approved medical marijuana products in Ohio include the oil, tincture, capsule or edible form, all of which can be › Continue Reading

Baby, it is cold outside and keeping your babies warm when you’re out and about is incredibly important. But puffy coats, snowsuits and bunting products can keep kids from being as safe as possible while buckled into their car safety › 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

It’s the time of year when playing outside means playing in the snow for kids in much of the country. Whether it’s skiing, snowboarding, or sledding, there are several things you can do to ensure your child stays safe and › Continue Reading

The legal answer to this question comes from the state in which you live. For the State of Ohio, booster seat law states a child should remain in a booster seat until they reach 8 years old or 4’9” tall, › Continue Reading

The holidays mean something a little bit different for everyone. 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 eight years › Continue Reading

Dance is hard on the body. Long hours of practice mean a dancer’s muscles are aching nearly every time they take the floor due to muscle fatigue. We consider that muscle fatigue to be a “good” pain because it will › 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 3,500 lives in the United › 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

As the weather grows cooler, more and more of us will be outside enjoying the crisp fall air.  I was hiking over the weekend with my family and couldn’t help but notice the lush greenery along the trials. But what › Continue Reading

As kids grow out of the toddler years and into the school-age years, car seat safety is just as critical as when you brought your newborn home from the hospital in that rear-facing infant seat. According to the American Academy › Continue Reading

The bulk of eye injuries in the United States happen to children. About 24% of those injuries take place during sports and recreational activities. The good news is that the vast majority of them can be prevented. In fact, the › Continue Reading