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Paintball, airsoft, and BB guns less safe than believed

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  • Study finds permanent eye injuries—including eye removal—not an uncommon outcome when children play with pellet style guns.
  • American Academy of Pediatrics and toy gun manufacturers stress the need for constant supervision and approved eye protection.
  • Toy guns can be confused for real guns and should be treated with the same safety rules.

Building a good relationship with your pediatrician

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  • Find a pediatrician who is a good fit with your family and who shares similar views on health issues.
  • Staying on top of well-child visits helps your pediatrician monitor your child’s growth and development, keep your child up-to-date on immunizations, and provide advice on any issues.
  • To get the most out of your visits, be sure to eliminate distractions, be familiar with your insurance plan, and arrive on time.

Did you know this about your pharmacist?

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  • Your pharmacist is an excellent resource for questions about your prescription and how it might interact with other medications or supplements.
  • Make sure you understand and take note of all instructions regarding how to take prescription medication.
  • You can call and ask your pharmacist any questions you might have, even after you have filled your prescription and gone home.

Understanding how to make the healthcare system work for your family

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  • Get organized ahead of time so that everything is already taken care of in case of an emergency.
  • When picking your health insurance, think about what your family’s medical needs are.
  • Take the time to find a primary care pediatrician with whom you can develop a long-term relationship of trust.
  • Don’t skip well-child visits or immunizations; they are a very important part of your child’s overall health.

Reduce bedtime struggles with the bedtime pass

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  • The bedtime pass is a card that allows your child one free trip out of their room or a visit from a parent after bedtime.
  • Studies have shown that children who received the passes at bedtime cried out less frequently, settled down faster, and had fewer problems with leaving their bedrooms or having meltdowns.
  • Doctors believe that one reason the pass is so successful is that it is acceptable to both parents and children.

What is the difference between a cold and the flu?

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  • The flu is much worse than a cold and can potentially be deadly for people with a weakened immune system.
  • If your child’s illness came on suddenly and symptoms include a high fever, severe exhaustion, headache, loss of appetite, achy muscles, and chills, then it is most likely the flu.
  • Don’t confuse the stomach flu with the flu – the stomach flu involves the digestive tract and the flu involves the respiratory tract.
 
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