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Archive for the ‘Children and Teens’ Category

One Page First Aid Guides for Parents and Caregivers

Monday, July 14th, 2014

From Allergic Reactions to Warts, KidsHealth has one page first aid guides for 50 common childhood accidents and illnesses.  Parents, grandparents, babysitters and other caregivers can bookmark the page and be ready to respond to (almost) any mishap.

One Page First Aid Guides (KidsHealth):

What to Include in Your First Aid Kit (KidsHealth):

Tribal Child Welfare Evaluation

Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

The U.S. Administration for Children and Families’ Children’s Bureau has released a new video, called “Creating a New Narrative: Collaborative and Effective Evaluation in Tribal Communities.”

Throughout history, many American Indian and Alaska Native communities have experienced intrusive research and judgmental evaluations that have caused harm. As a result, many fears about evaluation persist.  Based on the efforts of a Children’s Bureau-sponsored workgroup of experts, this video introduces a vision for the future of Tribal child welfare evaluation and a guide for developing culturally and scientifically rigorous evaluation.

Webinar-From Hurricanes to Pandemics: Helping Practices Prepare for the Worst

Monday, July 7th, 2014

From the American Academy of Pediatrics:

From Hurricanes to Pandemics: Helping Practices Prepare for the Worst

Date: Friday, July 18, 2014

Time: 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CDT

Description: This one hour Webinar is geared toward the primary care provider who works in an office setting. The Webinar will offer general preparedness strategies and ideas for how pediatricians and their office staff can prepare for disasters. Tips will be shared on how pediatricians can work to improve preparedness in families with children with special health care needs, as they are more vulnerable in disasters. The Webinar will also assist pediatricians to take concrete steps to strengthen office practices related to newborn screening and contingency planning. To register, visit, or e-mail with your name and e-mail address.


  1. Scott Needle, MD, FAAP
  2. Georgina Peacock, MD, MPH, FAAP
  3. Timothy Geleske, MD, FAAP”

See more disaster preparedness resources from AAP:

Taking Action to Prevent Youth Violence

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) defines “youth violence” as “when youth between the ages of 10 and 24 years intentionally use physical force or power to threaten or harm other people.” Youth violence can take different forms and can affect the whole community.

Everyone has an important role is stopping youth violence, according to the CDC’s Injury prevention & Control Program. Two new resources provide information and list step to take:  Preventing Youth Violence: Opportunities for Action; and Taking Action to Prevent Youth Violence

Toolkit: Media-Smart Youth – Eat, Think, and Be Active

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Media-Smart Youth is an interactive program that helps young people ages 11 to 13 better understand the complex media world around them and how it can influence their health.  Developed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the free Media-Smart Youth curriculum includes 10 lessons on media literacy, nutrition and physical activity.

Learn more about Media-Smart Youth and order materials online:

Lyme Disease: What’s Your Risk?

Monday, June 16th, 2014

Lyme Disease is a health risk to those living and traveling in many parts of the Eastern United States, especially in the summer months.

Here are a few resources to keep you and your family safe.

Evaluate Your Child’s Lyme Disease Risk (KidsHealth):

Lyme Disease (MedlinePlus):


Weight gain may be faster during summer break

Monday, June 16th, 2014

A new systematic review in Preventing Chronic Disease suggests that weight gain often accelerates during summer break, especially among children who are already overweight or black or Hispanic.

Read the article:

Access resources for preventing childhood obesity at MedlinePlus:

Lungtropolis: helping children manage their asthma

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Lungtropolis is an online game from the American Lung Association. The game helps children between the ages of five and ten learn how to control their asthma. While fighting the “mucus mob,” they watch videos and get valuable tips. Resources for parents are included.

Find Lungtropolis and other resources for parents and caregivers at the MedlinePlus Health Topic Page: Asthma in Children

Kids in hot cars: don’t leave them alone!

Monday, June 9th, 2014

Last year, 44 children died of heatstroke, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Children can die of heatstroke in cars even in mild weather and even if the car is parked in a shady area.

The NHTSA’s website has fact sheets, sample letters to the editor and other materials for disseminating information about heatstroke:

This month’s consumer health handout from the American Public Health Association focuses on child safety, vehicles and health. The reprintable handout is available in English and Spanish:

New sexual and reproductive health resource for young women with epilepsy

Monday, June 9th, 2014

GirlsWithNerve a new site by Ibis Reproductive Health, provides reliable reproductive and sexual health information for teenaged girls with epilepsy. The site was developed with significant input from the target population and includes information about periods, dating, and birth control, with special considerations for women with epilepsy.

Ibis also has a contraceptive decision making guide for women with epilepsy:

Read more about the resource at Our Bodies, Our Blog: