Keeping your children safe is one of the most important parts of being a parent. Here at North Shore Pediatrics we strive to partner with you in this endeavor. There are resources below that can help you navigate many of your safety questions.
Using sunscreen is an important part of keeping your child safe and healthy in the summer months. The incidence of skin cancer is rising throughout the United States.
Warmer weather brings about an increase in insects including mosquitoes and ticks. It is important to use insect repellent appropriately when needed and consider light colored long sleeves and long pants particularly at dusk and dawn. Avoid leaving standing water in sandboxes and pots as these are breeding grounds for mosquitos. Ticks are becoming more prevalent throughout the year (including colder months!) so nightly tick checks are very important.
Safe Insect Repellent Use
Recommendations for car seat safety continue to change. It is now recommended that toddlers stay facing backwards until at least 2 years of age and preferably as long as the car seat allows based on their height and weight. A young child is then recommended to stay in a 5-point forward facing car seat also as long as allowed. A booster seat with the car seat belt then needs to be used until at least 8 years of age (preferably until your child is 57 inches tall) and children are not allowed to sit in the front seat until at least 13 years of age.
How AAP car seat guidelines have been updated
For even more car seat information, go to The Ultimate Car Seat Guide
Teen Driving Safety
Keeping your infant safe during sleep is essential. This includes placing all infants on their backs to sleep and avoiding the use of pillows, blankets, crib bumpers and other loose objects or bedding. We also recommend to avoid co-sleeping with your infant.