Healthy and happy Halloween

Halloween is always an exciting time for children, but as you plan your trick-or-treating, keep these helpful safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics in mind to ensure a safe holiday.

  • Costumes should be bright and reflective, short enough to keep from entangling or tripping and include well-fitting shoes.
  • Reflective tape or striping added to costumes and trick-or-treat bags will create better visibility.
  • Flashlights with new batteries should be provided for all children and their escorts.
  • Instruction on how to call 9-1-1 (or a local emergency number) is important in case they get separated from their escorts or the group has an emergency.

First dental trip

According to the American Dental Association, your child’s first dental appointment should take place within six months after the first tooth appears, but no later than their first birthday whether a visible tooth has appeared or not.

Walk it off

Whats the most effective way to soothe a fussy baby? A study published in the journal Current Biology found that infants calm down the most when they’re being carried by their mothers. When mothers began walking while holding their babies, researchers observed noticeable behavioral changes in the infants, including a more relaxed, reduced heart rate.

Heads up on headaches

While many headaches that children experience are temporary, its important to call a doctor if you notice that their headaches occur once a month or more, or if they tend to linger or seem uncommonly painful. Vision problems can also cause headaches, so a potential eyesight checkup should be considered. Your doctor may ask you to keep a headache diary to help better diagnose the cause(s).

Baby, lets move!

Pregnancy may seem like the best time to stay off your feet and rest. However, studies from the Mayo Clinic say exercise can ease or prevent back pain, boost energy levels, keep off excess weight gain and minimize the risk of gestational diabetes, pregnancy-related high blood pressure and postpartum depression.