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HANDS OFF liquid laundry packets

Posted by in National Poison Prevention Week, safety

As a pediatrician, I would much rather prevent injuries than treat them.

This week marks National Poison Prevention Week and I’m partnering with the American Cleaning Institute to educate families about preventing accidents caused by liquid laundry packets (also referred to as laundry pods or pacs).

These handy laundry packets contain highly concentrated doses of detergent so you can easily use the right amount for each load of laundry. However, these products are harmful if swallowed or if they come into contact with a person’s eyes, so make sure young children keep their HANDS OFF these products.

As a mother of two, I know first-hand how children explore the world not only with their hands but also by putting things in their mouths. Like all household cleaning products, your diligence in keeping these products up and out of reach is crucial. Young children should never handle them, under any circumstances.

Here are a few tips to ensure your kids keep their HANDS OFF these products:

– Always store laundry packets in their original container or pouch

– Always store this product up and out of reach

– Always keep the product container securely closed before, during, and after use

– Know the symptoms of exposure to laundry packets which may include vomiting, wheezing, difficulty breathing, or increased sleepiness

– All parents and caregivers should always have the telephone number for the Poison Help line (1-800-222-1222) handy, and call if you suspect any possible exposure

Check out this helpful poster from the American Cleaning Institute on laundry safety at home:

The secrets to a stress-free morning routine

Posted by in Promoting Independence

  • Raising a self-reliant child not only benefits the child, it also benefits the parent.
  • If you instill the desire to be independent early on, it will save you time in the long run!
  • Teach children how to wash hands, to wash face, and to get dressed by themselves early on, and they will do it without your even having to ask in no time!
  • Avoid saying “did you brush your teeth” three times.  Instead, ask “did you forget something?”
  • For younger children, create a routine chart.

Support vs. Over-Parenting – your child’s first job

Posted by in Promoting Independence

  • There is a fine line between supporting young adolescents and taking over for them.
  • Going to job interviews with your child really conveys the message you do not think they can do it on their own.
  • Let your children do things and fail.
  • Learning from mistakes teaches resilience and self-reliance.
  • Support and listen when they are sad, tell them you have confidence in them, and that you believe they will be successful.

Flu Shot Facts – The Bump

Posted by in In the Media

Along with the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dr. Levine recommends that all children 6 months of age and older get an annual flu vaccine. Under 6 months of age, parents and all caregivers should have the vaccine to protect their babies who are too young to receive the vaccine.

Why weaning from finger sucking can be harder than giving up the pacifier

Posted by in Promoting Independence

  • With a pacifier you can decide when to “pull that plug”, not so with fingers.
  • By preschool age we can instruct them there are times and places where finger sucking is appropriate.
  • Tell them it is ok to do it, but it is something they do in private.
  • Most will give up the habit by age six, others will do it when alone.
  • If there is no room available for private sucking, avoid the nag and be gentle.
  • Give them the choice to stop – but do not engage in power struggle.
  • Use positive reinforcement like sticker charts to motivate your child.