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Safety First: How to Protect Infants and Young Children from Suffocation and Strangulation Hazards

“Accidents happen” is a common phrase that suggests there is not much you can do to prevent injuries to your child. In reality, the opposite is true. We now use the phrase “unintentional injuries” instead of accidents. In many cases, these injuries can be prevented. Read More »

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Social Media and Kids: What Parents Should Know

If you read the title of this article and you wondered what social media is, then you need to read this article. If you are already well aware of social media, then you need to be aware of how your children are using it. Read More »

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Safety First: Could Your Child’s Toys Be Dangerous?

An average of 450 children require medical treatment every day for injuries related to toys. Almost half of these injuries are due to choking. Children ages four and under are at the greatest risk for toy-related injury.
While toy safety standards have been improved in recent years, we can’t assume that all toys are safe. Read More »

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Safety First: Using the Right Crib

Since 2007, 11 million cribs were recalled in the U.S. and 32 deaths were related specifically to drop-side cribs.
On June 28, 2011, new federal crib safety standards went into effect for manufacturers, retailers, importers and distributors in the United States. Read More »

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Childbirth Education – Guest Post with Deb Vigness

Our blogs usually deal with child development and parenting topics. Parenting actually begins before your child is born. We have invited Avera McKennan’s Childbirth Education Coordinator Deb Vigness, RN to share some information about opportunities for expectant parents.
People rarely feel fully prepared for a new situation, and childbirth is no exception. Read More »

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Understanding Your Child’s Temperament: Adaptability

Of all the temperament traits, slow adaptability is probably the one that gives kids the hardest time. This is especially true if the parents aren’t familiar with adaptability.
Adaptability refers to how easily one adjusts to changes. Some kids are able to “go with the flow” – when plans change, they are willing to be flexible; when someone unexpected shows up, they’re delighted; when there’s a new experience to be had, they’re all over it. Read More »

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