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Tips on Making Your Pediatrician’s Visit a Success

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  • Spending time with your child role-playing, explaining any procedures, and talking about why it is good to visit the doctor will help your child feel less anxious about the visit.
  • Write down any questions beforehand and be ready to provide the doctor with any needed information. Don’t be afraid to ask questions if you don’t understand something.
  • If you act like going to the doctor is a positive experience, your children will be more likely to feel the same.

How Safe Are Shopping Carts?

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  • An average of 66 children a day are treated in the emergency room for shopping cart related injuries.
  • Instead of placing your child in the shopping cart, consider using a stroller or baby carrier.
  • If you do place your children in a shopping cart, make sure that they are properly strapped in and that you stay by their side.

Keeping On Top of Product Recalls

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  • Most federal agencies allow you to get recall information through emails, apps, and social media.
  • Recalls.gov pools product recall information from six different federal agencies for you.
  • Register new products with the manufacturer to be notified of any recalls. This is particularly important with products like cribs, highchairs, and car seats.

Study: PG-13 Movies Today Have More Violence than R-Rated Movies in the 80’s

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  • Study shows that overall violence in movies has doubled since 1950, and gun violence has tripled since 1985.
  • Movies that were given an R-rating in the 80’s would probably now only receive a PG-13 rating.
  • Parents are encouraged to do their homework on a movie or video game before their kids see it no matter what the rating is.

Is Your Child Overscheduled?

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  • There is no “right” level of activity. It depends largely on your child and your family.
  • Children who are overscheduled will show symptoms like depression, anxiety, irritability, restlessness, and over tiredness.
  • Don’t let external pressures influence how much your child is involved in. Focus on what is right for your child.

How to Prepare Your Child for Puberty

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  • Create a safe place for your children to ask questions by gradually talking to your children about their bodies as they grow and develop.
  • It is very important that your children know what changes to expect before they start puberty.
  • Children worry a lot about fitting in. Assure them that the changes they are going through are normal and that it is normal for everybody to develop a little differently.
 
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