1. Staph Infections: What Parents Need to Know About Treating and Preventing

    Mom putting bandage on daughter’s kneeCuts, scratches and scrapes are a typical part of growing up. A quick clean-up, a bandage, and a kiss from Mom frequently suffice to make everything better. Sometimes, however, a cut or scrape may become infected and, if not treated appropriately, could worsen and lead to an infection.

    A Staph infection, for example, can occur when an open wound is exposed to Staph bacteria – a bacteria found on the skin or in the nose of about a third of the population, according to The Mayo Clinic.

    Staph bacteria, the most common cause of skin infections in the United States, explains the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), can cause minor infections such as boils and pimples, which are usually treated without antibiotics. A more serious Staph infection may require an antibiotics regimen in order to rid the body of the infection.

    If you think that your child may have a Staph infection, consult your child’s pediatrician, who can advise if treatment requires antibiotics.

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  2. Stranger Danger in the Digital Age: Nine Internet Safety Tips for Teens

    Teen at school computerThere’s no doubt that the Internet, when in the wrong hands, can become a scary place where not everyone has the best of intentions. Today more than ever, teens and younger children need to learn not only how to handle strangers face-to-face, but also how to protect themselves from strangers on the Internet.

    According to a recent study from the Pew Research Center, 92 percent of teens report going online daily. Yet, a child sometimes doesn’t even have to communicate with a stranger directly in order to give information that could be harmful.

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  3. Home Water-Safety Tips for Kids

    Mother giving bath to babyWhether bathing your child in the bathtub or splashing with your toddler in the pool, water can be a lot of fun for kids. Water can also be dangerous, so it’s important to take special care and precautions to keep your child safe in and around water at all times.

    Here are some home water-safety tips for kids:

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  4. Stanger Danger 101: What to Teach Your Child and How

    Girl on monkey barsIt’s important to teach skills to children for handling potentially dangerous situations. One common parenting rule is telling your child never to talk to strangers. This might seem like a correct thing to teach, but you may not be equipping your child with enough information to handle some circumstances, and you might be instilling more fear than necessary.

    What are some instances when your child might have to talk to a stranger? Teaching kids about “stranger danger” goes beyond cautioning never to speak to a stranger. It helps to teach kids that they don’t need to worry about strangers; they just need to know what to do.

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  5. 22 Halloween Safety Tips for the Whole Family

    Halloween safety tipsLove a good scare on Halloween? Some people do, except, of course, when it comes to child safety. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, only one-third of parents surveyed plan to speak with their kids about Halloween safety, even though three-quarters of them reported having concerns about the safety of their children.

    Halloween is just around the corner, so take a moment to explain to your child your expectations for Halloween Eve and to discuss simple precautions that can make it a fun and safe night for the entire family.

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