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How to Tell if Your Child Is Ready to Stay Home Alone

Posted by Denise Valentine Laiosa, RD, South Shore Safety on Mar 23, 2018 10:56:41 AM

As a health educator who has taught thousands of kids in our Home Alone Staying Safe classes, I have heard it all, from funny to frightening. One student said, “Mom will let me stay home alone but not my older sister because she is not very responsible and would probably burn down the house!”

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Topics: Children's Health

What to Do When You Can’t Poop

Posted by South Shore Health System on Mar 13, 2018 10:25:00 AM

There are few conditions that leave us as uncomfortable as constipation. When your bowels aren’t moving as usual, or if it’s painful when you poop, it can leave you feeling miserable.

We asked several South Shore Health System experts for their advice on constipation. Here’s their advice.

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Topics: Children's Health, Primary Care, Pregnancy

Mastering the Art of Infant Car Seat Safety

Posted by Julie Collas, RN, Child Passenger Safety Technician on Jan 25, 2018 9:39:57 AM

One of the tasks facing new parents is mastering the art of keeping their baby safe in an automobile. It’s important work: Road injuries are the leading preventable cause of death and injury to children in the United States.

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Topics: Children's Health, Pregnancy

Five Toy Safety Tips for the Holiday Shopping Season

Posted by Lindsay Rosshirt, MD on Dec 8, 2017 11:59:06 AM

As we head into the thick of holiday shopping season, it’s likely that there is at least one child on your gift list. At this time of year it is particularly important to discuss toy safety. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, last year there were an estimated 174,100 toy-related ER-treated injuries involving children younger than age 15. 

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Topics: Children's Health

South Shore Hospital & FoodSquire Partner to Help Families of Newborns

Posted by South Shore Health System on Dec 1, 2017 8:28:00 AM

It’s a scene all too familiar for many new mothers: You’ve just brought your baby home from the hospital, you’re exhausted, overwhelmed with responsibility and  oh yeah – what’s for dinner? Don’t worry. South Shore Hospital has got you covered.

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Topics: As One, Children's Health, Nutrition, Women's Health, Pregnancy

The Great American Vapeout

Posted by South Shore Health System on Nov 16, 2017 9:59:28 AM

Since 1976, the American Cancer Society (ACS) has declared the third Thursday of November as the Great American Smokeout. Setting aside this day for cigarette smokers to quit or develop a plan to quit tobacco has proven to be a cruicial step towards thousands of healthier lives.

The work done by the American Cancer Society to push a clear, powerful message about the negative effects of cigarette use has led to millions of Americans opting out of smoking. Unfortunately, as cigarette use has steadily declined, it has now given rise to a dangerous trend that millions are now opting in to—vaping.

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Topics: Children's Health, Women's Health, Men's Health

How to Support Children through the Grief Process

When a family experiences loss, many parents struggle to help kids with their grief. But it’s truly the child’s own network of trusted adults who will best help the child to process a death.

That can be an overwhelming task for adults who are also struggling to work through their own grief. But as the Bereavement Coordinator for Hospice of the South Shore, I’ve seen many families successfully support their youngest members after a loss.

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Topics: Children's Health, Home Care

Physician Perspective: Potential Public Health Risks of Legal Marijuana

Each year, South Shore Hospital sees nearly 100,000 patients, with approximately 20 percent of those being under the age of 21.  We see everything – including the devastating toll opioid and alcohol abuse has taken on our community. This is before increasing the availability of marijuana—another drug that can be abused.

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Topics: Children's Health, Emergency Care

Halloween Safety Tips

Posted by South Shore Health System on Oct 24, 2017 8:10:00 AM

Everyone loves a good scare on Halloween—but not one that can land your child in urgent care or the emergency department. As families across the South Shore make their final preparations for Halloween, here are some safety tips goblins of all ages should keep in mind.

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Topics: Children's Health

How to Safely Introduce Your Child to Peanuts and Eggs

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, it’s estimated that two percent of American children suffer from an allergy to peanuts. That number has grown significantly in recent years, as the FDA reports that the prevalence of peanut allergies in children more than doubled between 1997 and 2008. Another one of the most common allergies in children is eggs, with 1.3 percent of American children being affected.

With peanut and egg allergies becoming more common, pediatricians in the past recommended that parents hold off on introducing these foods to their children until their older (age one for eggs and age three for peanuts), particularly if the child was at a higher risk for developing food allergies.

However, a recent landmark study by the National Institute of Health found that introducing peanuts to a child at a young age (as early as four months) actually helps reduce their risk for developing a peanut allergy at a later age.

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Topics: Children's Health

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