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Health & Safety Tips

Backpack Safety
  1. Choose a backpack that has two straps and be sure your child is wearing it with both straps over the shoulders.
  2. Avoid messenger bags.
  3. Keep the straps tight so as to keep the backpack higher on the back.
  4. The weight of your child's backpack should not be greater that 15% of your child's body weight.
  5. When picking up a heavy backpack your child's knees should be bent.
  6. When loading the backpack, heavier books should be placed toward the back.
Dental Tips
  1. Start brushing your child's teeth at the first sign of the first tooth.
  2. Begin using fluoride toothpaste at 2 years of age.
  3. Always be sure an adult is brushing the child's teeth in the evening up through about 6 years of age. Adult supervision should occur even after 6 years old.
  4. Start taking your child to the dentist at 2-4 years of age (unless discoloration, obvious malformation or injury occurs – then sooner).
  5. No night time bottles in the crib from the first sign of a tooth. In general, total weaning from the bottle should be complete by 12 months old.
Holiday Safety
  1. Watch toddlers safely to avoid them pulling Christmas trees over.
  2. Don't place lit candles where children can reach them.
  3. Tuck cords where children cannot reach them.
  4. Be careful not to buy decorations that look like edible food.
  5. Don not place glass or breakable ornaments where children can reach them.
  6. Use caution with spray snow as it is poisonous if ingested.
  7. Keep a fireplace screen over an active fire in the fireplace.
  8. Keep extra blankest in the car in case of being stranded.
  9. Use caution with space heaters.
  10. Keep small, hard candy away from smaller children.
  11. Keep stove handles turned toward the back of the stove.
Internet Safety
  1. Set limits on the amount of time your child can spend on-line each day or week.
  2. Do not let internet time replace socialization, homework, or outside time.
  3. Make sure your child knows that people on-line are not always who they say they are and that on-line information is not necessarily private.
  4. Teach your child the following:
    NEVER give out personal information without permission
    NEVER use a credit card on-line without permission.
    NEVER share passwords, even with friends
    NEVER arrange a face-to-face meeting with someone they meet on-line.
    NEVER use bad language or mean messages on-line
    ALWAYS immediately report any suspicious messages received.
  5. Intermittently read and check your child's messages.
Smoking in the home

Smoking in the home and/or car is always a health risk both short and long term. Your child can be at risk for more frequent infections, asthma, car infections, and other respiratory complications. In addition, your child is more likely to smoke if exposed frequently to other smokers.

However, if adult people in the home smoke, it is best to follow these recommendations:

  1. Smoke at least 20 feet from the home and not in a garage.
  2. NEVER smoke in the car, even if the windows are open.
  3. Change your shirt or jacket after smoking.
  4. Always wash your hands and face after smoking.
Did you know?

Did you know that the safest car restraint policy is to keep your child restrained in a booster until they reach at least 60 pounds?

Did you know it is illegal for your child to ride a bicycle without a properly fitting bicycle helmet.

Did you know that children should consume at least 9 servings a day of fruits and vegetables?