By: Sue Anganes
For most of us who have been cooped up all winter, spring is a welcome time to start spending a lot of time outdoors. Unfortunately, Lyme disease is prevalent in our New England area.
Lyme Disease is transmitted to humans through a tick bite. Two of my sons have become very ill from Lyme disease. Fortunately, they were treated with antibiotics soon after their initial infection and have had no lasting effects from the Lyme infection. However, Lyme disease can be devastating if it is not treated immediately and aggressively. I have friends and extended family members who suffer from chronic Lyme disease, who battle serious medical issues because their infection went unnoticed and untreated for a lengthy period of time.
Last month I discovered a tick on me a couple of days after doing some yard work. It appeared to have been attached to me for a while and the site of the bite was irritated. My physician treated me prophylactically with a one-time large dose of an antibiotic just in case the tick was carrying Lyme disease. I did not have any symptoms, but I was glad to have my doctor take the bite seriously. Since that first tick bite this spring, I have removed two other ticks from my skin soon after being bitten. It is so important to check yourself and your kids every time you come in from doing yard work or spending time in the woods. This year the ticks are out in full force.
The CDC has a a great website with information on preventing tick bites, as well as what to do if you discover you have been bitten: http://www.cdc.gov/ticks/
More general information about avoiding and treating tick bites can be found here in an article from Outside Magazine: http://tinyurl.com/bojv7cn
It is important to remember not to panic if you discover you’ve been bitten by a tick. Use common sense and seek medical attention if you notice a rash near the site or anywhere else on your body, if you develop muscle or joint pain, or if you experience flu-like symptoms. When treated in a timely manner, Lyme disease will not be a lifelong medical issue.
Posted by Kate Rudy on May 7, 2013
By: Amy Dienta
I thought I knew what I was in for when we decided to have another child. After all we had been through this 9 years earlier. But this baby is different, he’s a pint size Houdini.
At ONE he can open the dishwasher, open the lever on the door and likes to unplug everything. Leave crumbs or lint under the bed and he finds them. He totters around the house all day looking for things to destroy or eat. I recently locked the door and he went and got my husband’s keys and went to the door with the keys.
Luckily for me there are a ton of great baby proofing products, including power strip covers, appliance locks, toilet locks, door handles locks and the all-important gate!
My top priority is keeping my little Houdini safe from harm!! In my crusade to baby-proof my house, one website has answered a ton of my questions, from carseat safety to what plug covers work the best. Safekids.org is a great resource for any mom with a baby or a baby on the way!!! And from now on, when someone has a baby I will bring baby proofing presents to their shower for them.
Posted by Kate Rudy on November 9, 2012
By: Amy Dienta
Being a mom is a very rewarding job! I get paid in hugs, laughs, and snuggles.
Recently, my son fell and scraped his head while in my care. I felt awful. How could this happen?? How could I let this happen??
Even though I knew he was fine, I took him to the ER to get his head checked. He’s doing fine now, but every time I looked at the cut I wanted to cry.
I learned a lot that day. I learned that accidents can happen to anyone- even to the best moms. Babies fall; they get bumps and scrapes, whether you are with them or not. I learned that no one is perfect. And, I learned that a kiss and a hug can help a child feel better after any injury.
Posted by Kate Rudy on October 12, 2012
About 4 million very popular Bumbo infant floor seats are being recalled because of reports of infant skull fractures after falling from or climbing out of the seat, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
About 1 million of the molded foam seats were recalled in October 2007 for additional warning labels against placing the Bumbo seats on raised surfaces, such as tables or kitchen counters.
Consumers are asked to stop using the seats and contact Bumbo for a free repair kit that includes a restraint belt and instructions on how to safely use the seat. The repair kit can be ordered by visiting www.recall.BumboUSA.com or calling 866-898-4999.
In a statement, the company said it was adding a restraint belt to enhance the safety of children using the Bumbo seat.
Posted by jflojennings on August 15, 2012
Did you know that September is Baby Safety Month? In addition to worrying about what your baby can get into once he or she starts crawling, it is also important to take this time to make sure you are using your car seat correctly and a recent article on Parenthood.com provides you with the resources you need to make sure your child is safe. In April of 2011, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued new guidelines on care seat safety that can be found by clicking here. Some of the guidelines include having your child ride rear-facing until they are at least two years old and to have them use a booster seat until they are at least eight.
According to the NHTSA, almost 90% of all car seats are installed incorrectly, which reduces their effectiveness.
One of the most common errors in installing a car seat is that the safety belt of the car does not hold the seat in place tight enough. In order to ensure that children are protected, the NHTSA has made the following recommendations:
- Regardless of how long you will be in the car, or how fast you will be driving, always make sure to restrain your child properly
- Use only federally approved car seats and make sure it is appropriate for the age, size, and weight of your child
- When anchoring the car seat in place, make sure you are using the lap seat belt in the car or the LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children) system which comes on newer models of cars
- If the car seat is involved in a crash, do not re-use it
- Make sure any caregivers for your child also use a car seat properly
- Always make sure to position your baby in an infant car seat facing the rear of the car
- Keep yourself informed of product recalls
Car seats should always be the right seat, the right size, and the right use. If you are ever concerned that you are not properly using a car seat, visit the child car seat inspection station nearest you. At these stations, certified technicians inspect the seat and show you how to correctly install and use it. The closet station in Lowell is at the Lowell Police Department (50 Arcand Drive) and the technician is 978-937-3200 through Paul Corcoran. If you would like to locate other local inspection stations, please click here.
For access to the full article on Parenthood.com, including additional links to recommendations and guidelines, please click here.
Posted by lghwell on September 22, 2011