Health Promotion & Education

What is an Athletic Trainer?

An Athletic Trainer (ATC) is a licensed healthcare provider responsible for injury prevention, emergency care, clinical diagnosis, therapeutic intervention and rehabilitation of injuries as well as medical conditions.


Kids Flu Center: Prevention and Care Tips for the Flu

Visit our flu page for helpful tips on preventing the spread of the flu virus and view our symptoms checker. Remember, antivirals are more effective if started within the first 48 hours- seek medical care at the sign of symptoms. For your convenience, our pediatric urgent care centers are available in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach county. 


Halloween Safety Tips

Everyone loves a good scare on Halloween, but not when it comes to child safety. There are several easy and effective behaviors that parents can share with kids to help reduce their risk of injury.


Product Recall: Diono Convertible and Booster Car Seats

Diono is recalling 519,052 Radian R100, Radian R120, Radian RXT, Olympia, Pacifica, and Rainier convertible and booster car seats.

When the seat is secured to the car using the lap belt without also using the top tether, it may not adequately protect the child from injury in the event of a crash.


Strength Training in the Adolescent Population

Exercise is the physical exertion of the body - making the body perform a physical activity which results in a healthy or healthier level of physical such as cardiovascular exercise (aerobic and anaerobic), strength/resistance training, balance and proprioception training, etc.


Preparing your Child for a Hurricane

Children and teenagers can become anxious when their routines are disrupted by natural disasters such as a hurricane or tropical storms. Parents should try to address those fears in a factual, reassuring manner.  If you remain calm, your children will often follow your behavior.


Firework Safety Tips for the 4th of July Holiday Weekend

All fireworks, including sparklers, can cause severe burns and scars. According to studies conducted by the Pediatric Academic Societies, over 90,000 pediatric fireworks-related injuries were treated in hospitals from 2006 to 2012. These ranged from minor burns to loss of vision to amputation of limbs.


Cavity Prevention in Children

Brushing, flossing, fluoride, sealants, and going to the dentist are fundamental to a child's dental care.


Dental First Aid Emergency Care

Things to do when a child is having a toothache, a broken tooth, a knocked out permanent tooth, a cut or bitten tongue, a broken braces and wires, and other dental trauma. 


Orthopedic Surgery Program Infographic

Facts about the Orthopedic Surgery Program and Center for Spinal Disorders


Product Recall: Drugmaker GSK recalling nearly 600,000 asthma inhalers in U.S.

GSK Plc is voluntarily recalling more than 593,000 Ventolin asthma inhalers from U.S. hospitals, pharmacies, retailers and wholesalers due to a defect that may cause them to deliver fewer doses of the medicine than indicated, the British drugmaker said on Tuesday.


8 Ways to not forget your child in the car Infographic

Heat Stroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle-related deaths in children in the United States. On average, every 8 days a child dies from heatstroke in a vehicle. The following tips are reminders to prevent parents and caregivers from forgetting a child inside the car.


Heatstroke Prevention: Put an end to hot car deaths

Every 10 days, across the United States, a child dies while unattended in a hot car. It only takes a few minutes for a car to heat up and become deadly to a child inside. As summer temperatures rise, more kids are at risk.


Shoulder RTC Simple Stretching and Strengthening

It is important to keep your shoulder healthy and strong throughout the entire sports season. Strengthening your shoulder daily will help avoid weakness and fatigue that you may feel as the sports season rolls along.


The Pitfalls of Early Sports Specialization

The majority of our youth participate in their primary sport for both school and club leagues bringing average practice times upwards of 14 hours per week year round.


Be Part of the Safety Team for your Child

Nicklaus Children's joins hospitals across the nation in celebrating Patient Safety Awareness WeekMarch 12 to 18. Be a part of the safety team for your child. Parents are the most critical part of a child's caregiving team.


Product Recall: Britax Strollers

A damaged receiver mount on the stroller can cause the car seat to disengage and fall unexpectedly, posing a fall hazard to infants in the car seat.


STOP Aggressive Driving

February is Aggressive Driving Awareness month.
Help South Florida keep our roads safer!


Special Holiday Shopping Recalls Report

During the last holiday season, the hot product for gifts was the hoverboard. The lithium-ion battery packs that power the units can overheat, posing fire and burn hazards. Many of the recalled hoverboards were identified in our July 2016 recall report.


Holiday Safety Tips for Kids and Parents

It’s that time of year again when we enjoy festive meals with family and friends, deck our halls with colorful decorations and listen to squeals of delight as our children open their brightly-wrapped presents. To help ensure your kids have fun and stay safe this holiday, here are a few tips to remember.


Preseason Conditioning: The Key to Performance and Injury Prevention

With busy summer schedules filled with social events and vacations, most athletes neglect an important component of training for their sport-preseason conditioning.


Tennis - STOP Sports Injuries

Tennis, played worldwide, is one of the most popular racket sports. A high number of tournaments for competitive tennis players may lead to overuse injuries, such as "tennis elbow" or wrist injuries.


Volleyball - STOP Sports Injuries

As participation has increased over the past two decades, the number of volleyball-related injuries has risen as well.


Hockey - STOP Sports Injuries

Ice hockey is a finesse sport that requires a unique combination of speed, power, and teamwork. As a result, players are at risk for specific injury patterns—some of them avoidable.


Water Polo - STOP Sports Injuries

Over the past 20 years, water polo participation has grown significantly in the United States. Sportsmanship, equipment, and attention to preparation and strengthening can help prevent injuries and enhance and improve performance.


Wrestling - STOP Sports Injuries

Wrestling, one of the world's oldest sports, is offered at various levels of competition, including the Olympics, the American Athletic Union, the U.S. Wrestling Federation, and high school and college-sponsored tournaments.


Swimming - STOP Sports Injuries

Swimming is among the most popular low-impact fitness activities, with more than a million competitive and recreational swimmers in the United States.


Softball - STOP Sports Injuries

Softball injuries in young athletes are on the rise and nearly as frequent as baseball injuries, but they generally result in less time lost to competition. These injuries most commonly involve the back, shoulder, forearm, wrist, and hand.


Soccer - STOP Sports Injuries

Soccer is one of the most popular sports in the world and the fastestgrowing team sport in the United States.


Skiing and Snowboarding - STOP Sports Injuries

Tens of thousands of skiers and snowboarders enjoy snowsports every year, however few prepare for the rigorous physical demands that these sports place on the body.


Running - STOP Sports Injuries

Running is a great form of exercise, recreation, and sport participation for adults, adolescents, and children.


Rugby - STOP Sports Injuries

In recent years rugby has been gaining in popularity in the United States with athletes from elementary school to adults playing the game.


Rowing - STOP Sports Injuries

Rowing is an unusual sport in that the athletes sit facing the stern of the boat with their feet anchored in sneakers attached to a foot stretcher.


Martial Arts - STOP Sports Injuries

Martial arts are a popular form of exercise and sport worldwide. In the United States there are an estimated 8 million participants in martial arts, with Tae kwon do and Karate being most popular.


Lacrosse - STOP Sports Injuries

With its roots in Native American cultures, lacrosse is America's oldest and currently fastest growing team sport.


Inline Skating - STOP Sports Injuries

Inline skating is a popular form of exercise that can burn as many calories as running or cycling while potentially placing less stress on the joints of the lower body.


Figure Skating - STOP Sports Injuries

In recent years the physical demands of figure skating have increased dramatically with a corresponding increase in potentially detrimental effects on the adolescent body.


Golf - STOP Sports Injuries

Golf looks like an easy game to play, hitting a stationary object with a club into a relatively wide open space. Well, think again!


Football - STOP Sports Injuries

Football is one of the most popular sports played by young athletes, and it leads all other sports in the number of injuries sustained.


Field Hockey - STOP Sports Injuries

Interest in field hockey has grown dramatically in North America, and today there are more than 5,000 women competing at the collegiate level each year. As the sport has evolved, it has become faster-paced and more physical. As a result, the number of and severity of injuries has increased.


Dance - STOP Sports Injuries

For many people dance may not spring to mind when thinking about sports, but the physical demands placed on the bodies of dancers have been shown to make them just as susceptible as football players to injury.


Cycling - STOP Sports Injuries

Since the 1800s when bicycles first made their appearance, cycling has become popular for commuting, recreation, exercise, and sport. Today, there are about 80 million cyclists in the United States. 


Cheerleading - STOP Sports Injuries

Cheerleading is considered an athletic activity that incorporates elements of dance and gymnastics along with stunts and pyramid formations.



Gymnastics - STOP Sports Injuries

Each year, more than 86,000 gymnastics-related injuries are treated in hospitals, doctors’ offices, clinics, and ambulatory surgery centers. Gymnasts must consistently prepare for the rigorous physical and emotional toils that the sport requires.


Basketball - STOP Sports Injuries

With modern basketball's fast pace game come many opportunities for injuries. It is estimated that more than 1.6 million injuries are associated with basketball each year.


Baseball - STOP Sports Injuries

Injuries in young athletes are on the rise, but elbow and shoulder injuries in children are on the verge of becoming an epidemic.


Put It Down. It Can Wait

No text. No call. Nothing is worth losing a life over. Did you know texting and driving is illegal in Florida?
Join the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and its partners to educate drivers about the dangers of distracted driving.


Zika Virus and Pregnancy: Transmission, Outcomes, and Precautions

Cases of Zika Virus have been confirmed in the U.S. Learn about Zika Virus transmission and Zika Virus pregnancy precautions from Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.


Example of fruit and vegetables servings for kids ages 2-3

Example of a day's worth of fruit and veggies for kids ages 2-3 includes 1/2 cup of peas, 1/2 cup of carrots, 1/2 cup of applesauce, 1/2 cup of strawberries.


Example of fruit and vegetables servings for kids ages 4-8

Example of a day's worth of fruit and veggies for kids ages 4-8 include 1 mandarin, 1/2 cup of raspberries, 1/2 cup of carrots, 1/2 cup of blueberries, 1/2 cup of corn and 1 celery stalk.


Example of fruit and vegetables servings for kids ages 9-13

Example of a day's worth of fruit and veggies for kids ages 9-13 includes 1 apple, 1/2 cup of blueberries, 1 cup butternut squash, 1/2 cup of broccoli, 2 cups of salad with peppers and 1/2 cup of strawberries.


Example of fruit and vegetables servings for kids ages 14-18

An example of a day's worth of fruit and veggies for kids ages 14-16 includes 1 apple, 1/2 cup of squash, 1/2 cup of snap peas, a 1/2 cup of grapes and 1/2 cup of sliced carrots.


Example of fruit and vegetables servings for adults

Example of a day's worth of fruit and veggies for adults includes two cups of salad, 1/2 a cup of broccoli, 1 cup of mixed berries, 1/2 a cup of sliced peppers, 1/2 a cup of shredded carrots and a small banana.


What's so good about fruits and vegetables?

Click the picture to learn why fruits and veggies are so important and get tips on how to eat at least five servings a day!

​Use #GiveMe5 on social media to share photos of your favorite fruits and veggies!


Zika Virus Facts, Symptoms and Prevention Tips

The Zika virus spreads through infected mosquitoes and can cause severe birth defects. Learn about Zika virus symptoms and prevention at Nicklaus Children's.


Video/Social Media Game Safety

The latest trend amongst children and teens is video and social media games that encourage catching and collecting virtual characters. While these games encourage activity and family togetherness, they also cause safety and security concerns for families.


Baseball Injuries in Children

Thousands of children who play in baseball leagues are seen each year complaining of elbow or shoulder pain. Injuries in these young athletes are on the verge of becoming an epidemic. Damage or tear to the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) should be treated immediately, otherwise it is difficult to repair or rehabilitate.


Sports Hydration Infographic

How much water should a kid drink while playing sports?


Safety Concerns with Hoverboards

​The recent holiday season’s most popular toy, the hoverboard, is causing concern among the medical experts at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. 


Product Recall: Gerber Baby Food Pouches

Gerber Products Company has voluntarily recalled a number of organic baby food pouches due to a packaging defect. Consumers may notice that, in some cases, the pouches may become bloated and the product inside may have an off taste or odor.


Mosquito-borne Diseases and Mosquito Prevention

Mosquito bites can be harmful in several ways. The most common complication of these bites occur in the form of allergic reactions of the bite site and infections related to scratching. However, mosquito bites can also result in the transmission of life threatening conditions such as encephalitis, and birth defects such as microcephaly.


Natural Disaster Preparation for Families with Children

During preparation time, at the occurrence of, and in the aftermath of natural disasters such as hurricanes, children are likely to experience fear and anxiety, manifested by moderate to intense periods of hyperactivity, distraction, clinging to parents, excessive talking and sometimes regression of learned behaviors such as toilet training and sleeping in their own bed.


Healthy Tips for Kids Infographic

Healthy, happy kids grow up to be healthy, happy adults. It’s a parent’s responsibility to instill good habits early on. Read on for more healthy tips for kids about eating nutritiously, spending time outdoors, clocking enough sleep, limiting screen time and staying fit and active from childhood to adolescence and beyond.


Winter Sports Safety Tips

Skiing down a snow-covered slope with the wind in your face and tranquil mountain scenery all around – there’s a lot to love about winter sports. However, skiing can also pose some inherent risks, such as frostbite, sunburn and knee and head injuries.


Outdoor Sports Safety Tips

Many children play soccer, football, field hockey or lacrosse starting from an early age. Injuries occurring in these types of outdoor field sports are easy to sustain. It is important that parents advise children on the proper gear and way to play in order to prevent injuries from occurring.


What to Know About Ebola

Ebola is a rare and deadly disease caused by infection with one of the Ebola virus strains.


Enterovirus Awareness and Planning

What Parents Need to Know About Enterovirus D68


Florida Residents Urged to Get Vaccinated Against Measles

It's important all Floridians make sure they have received the measles vaccination because those who are fully immunized have very little risk of developing the disease.


Sugar Intake in Kids Infographic

It's no secret that kids love sugar. What's unclear is just how detrimental the sweet stuff is to your child’s health. Recent studies have found that sugar has the same effect on the brain as certain addictive drugs. The experts at Nicklaus Children's Hospital take a closer look at the harmful effect too much sugar can have on the body.


New Meningitis B Vaccine

The recent FDA approval of a new vaccine for Meningococci type B is being greeted with enthusiasm by Nicklaus Children's doctors.


Hurricane Survival Tips for Families

Hurricanes are considered natural disasters. In order to safeguard your family, it is essential that you prepare accordingly with information involving pre-hurricane readiness and post-hurricane recovery efforts. The information below will help you and your family cope with the realities of such an emergency.


Youth Sports Injury Prevention Infographic

Are your kids playing it safe? Helping children lead physically active lifestyles is essential to their health. Explore Nicklaus Children's Hospital's best tips for keeping young athletes safe and active.


Navigating the Teen Years - A Parental Survival Guide

“Adolescence is often the period in a child’s life when he or she begins to separate from his parents and develop his own identity,” says Lorena Siqueira, MD, Adolescent Medical Director at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital. “The child’s effort to become more independent can be a difficult time for the whole family.”


Toy Safety and Injury Prevention

According to SAFE KIDS Florida, “an estimated 4 million Florida children (1 out of 4), ages 14 and under, will sustain injuries serious enough to require medical attention each year.”


Smoky Day Preventive Measures

Some tips to minimize respiratory discomfort on days of heavy smoke pollution.


Hepatitis B Prevention Tips

Hepatitis B is a serious public health problem that affects people of all ages in the United States and around the world. In 2003, an estimated 92,000 people contracted hepatitis B virus (HBV) infection in the United States.


Heat Protection Tips

In the past 30 years, excessive heat exposure has caused over 8,000 deaths in the United States.  Most heat-related deaths occur during the summer, people should be aware of who is at greatest risk and what actions can be taken to prevent a heat-related illness or death.


Gun Safety Tips

Facts and safety tips created by the Division of Preventive Medicine/Community Pediatrics and Safe Series Miami™ (a registered trademark of Nicklaus Children's Hospital)


Flood Emergency Readiness

Some basic steps to take to prepare for storms and floods.


Dog Bite Prevention Tips

Annually more than four million Americans, approximately half of them children, suffer dog bite injuries. Injury rates are highest among children between the ages of five and nine, with boys being bitten more often than girls in the same age group.


Bicycle, Scooter and Skateboard Safety Tips

Childhood and Adolescence are wonderful times in the life of a child. Outdoor fun constitutes an integral part of growing up and remaining active in sports. At Nicklaus Children's Hospital, formerly Miami Children's Hospital,
we want to ensure fun times plus physical activity always go together with safety!


Back to School Tips and Checklist

At Nicklaus Children's Hospital, we are committed to making this school year a most healthy, safe and successful year for the children. We hope you find the following suggestions useful.


Nutrition and the My Plate Food Guide

At all stages of life, nutrition plays an important role in maintaining good health. It is important not only for growth and development, but to maintain strong bones and teeth and build a good immune system.


Common Questions About Breast Development

Breast development is the first sign of puberty in the majority of adolescent females. This can occur as early as age 8 years.


Planning for College

College is not just about books, dorm rooms and roommates. Other issues exist that should be thought about before your child goes to college.


Fiber - What's the Deal?

Fiber is the term used to describe carbohydrates that cannot be digested and therefore cannot be absorbed by the human intestinal tract.


Calcium and Your Teen - Why Milk Matters

Calcium is the main mineral that strengthens bones and this is most important during adolescence when teens are going through their growth spurt. Almost half of the bone mass a teen will have for the rest of his life is made during adolescence.


Body Piercing

Piercing is an invasive, permanent process which can lead to infections at the site of your piercing as well as more serious infections like Hepatitis B. There are a few things you need to consider before you make this decision to make sure you are happy with your piercing and that you stay safe.


Helping Your Teen Become A Safe Driver

According to the American Automobile Association (AAA), teenagers account for only 7% of the driving population but are involved in 14% of fatal car crashes. Motor vehicle accidents are the #1 cause of death and injury for people ages 15-19.


Weight Management for Children and Teenagers

Obesity has become one of the most significant threats to the well being of our nation’s children. It is estimated that nearly 32 percent of children and adolescents are overweight and that 16 percent or more can be categorized as obese.


Helping Kids Avoid Kidney Stones

Most parents don’t realize that children can develop kidney stones at a young age. However, changes to family diets have led to an increase in this serious condition – which has been seen in children as young as age 5.


Cherishing Your Child’s ‘Chompers’(Teeth!)

Teeth. They help your child eat, speak and flash the sweetest smiles.


Breathing Easier about Asthma

Asthma is one of the most common childhood illnesses. As many as 5 million children in the U.S. suffer from this chronic condition that affects the lungs and airways.


Basic Oral Hygiene

Although tooth decay is preventable, it is the most common chronic disease among US children.


Backyard Pool Safety

Fences, latched gates and locked doors are among the various methods that, combined with supervision, can prevent drownings. Here are some ways you can prevent an accident.


Helping your child reduce diabetes risk

In recent decades, there has been a dramatic increase in childhood type 2 diabetes. The culprit: childhood obesity. About 16 percent of children ages 6 to 19 are clinically overweight or obese, predisposing these young people to diabetes, with all its harmful effects.


Protect Your Child from Bullies

Once upon a time, the stereotypical bully was someone who picked on smaller kids at school, taking lunch money or pushing others around. In today’s increasingly complex world, bullying can take many forms. It can include verbal abuse, spreading false rumors, isolating others, or making cruel comments on Facebook. Girls can be bullies as well as boys, and any child from pre-school to college can be a victim.


Year-Round Sun Protection

No parent wants his or her child to come home with a painful sunburn. Because skin damage is cumulative, too much exposure to the sun can lead to wrinkles, spots and even skin cancer later in life. Melanoma, the most dangerous form of skin cancer, is on the rise. Fortunately, regular use of sunscreen can reduce the risk of developing skin cancer.


How to Talk to Your Child About Violence in the Media

The alarming events in recent news from  Newtown, CT, have continued to shock and sadden us all. As we take time to reflect, we’d like to share some resources for parents on how to talk to their children about difficult, and often frightening topics, such as violence and how it may affect them.


Preventing Injuries to Children at School

Monitor and maintain school safety equipment and procedures.


Preventing Injuries to Children who Live in Rural Areas

Allow children to perform age-appropriate farm work only under supervision.


Preventing Childhood Recreational Injuries

Make sure children are prepared for the demands of their activities.


Preventing Childhood Poisoning

Store potentially poisonous household products and medications locked out of children's sight and reach.


Preventing Injuries to Children on Playgrounds

Ensure there is safe surfacing beneath and surrounding all playground equipment in order to minimize the risks of falling.


Preventing Childhood Sports Injuries

Unintentional injuries are one of the leading causes of death among children. Most of these injuries are preventable. At Nicklaus Children's Hospital, we are committed to keeping children safe. Nicklaus Children's Hospital is the Proud Lead Organization for the Miami-Dade County SAFE KIDS Coalition.


Preventing Injuries to Child Pedestrians

Parents are the most important models of proper pedestrian behavior for children.


Preventing Injuries to Children in Motor Vehicle Crashes

All children ages 12 and under should be properly restrained in a back seat on every ride.
Choose and use correctly the right restraint for your child.


Preventing Injuries to Children in the Home

Childproof your home. Look at every room as your child would. Ask yourself what looks interesting and what can be reached.


Preventing Childhood Falls

All windows above the first floor should be equipped with window guards _ preferably guards with emergency release devices in case of fire. Children can fall from windows open as little as four inches.


Preventing Childhood Burns

Because young children may not perceive danger as readily or may lack the ability to escape a life-threatening burn situation, make sure they are not exposed to open flames or other burn risks.


Preventing Childhood Airway Obstruction Injuries

Because most infant suffocation occurs in the sleeping environment, infants should sleep only in properly equipped cribs. They should never sleep on couches, chairs, regular beds or other soft surfaces.


Product Recall: Tots in Mind Crib Tents

Five Retailers Agree to Stop Sale and Recall Tots in Mind Crib Tents Due to Strangulation and Entrapment Hazard One Death and Serious Brain Injury Reported


Product Recall: Gerber® Good Start® Infant Formula

Gerber Products Company is proactively retrieving and offering a replacement to consumers who purchased Gerber® Good Start® Gentle powdered infant formula 23.2 ounce plastic package from batch GXP1684 expiration date of March 5, 2013.


Car Seat Safety

As families hit the road for summer travel or even a trip to the grocery store, adhering to proper safety restraint guidelines should be at the top of everyone’s checklist.


Product Recall: SimplyThick® and Premature Infants

The FDA is advising parents, caregivers and health care providers not to feed SimplyThick, a thickening product, to premature infants. The product may cause necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), a life-threatening condition.


Drowning Prevention Tips

Most people think they’ll hear sounds of distress when a child is in trouble in the water. But they won’t. A drowning is a silent event. These important drowning prevention tips can save a child's life.


A Silent Cry for Help: Cutting and Self-Mutilation

Acording to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, approximately 2 million people in the United States—mainly female teenagers—intentionally injure themselves every year. While self-mutilation can be a one-time, experimental occurrence, experts say this unhealthy coping mechanism can become addictive.


Talking about money troubles with your child

Skyrocketing prices at the grocery store and high costs at the fuel pumps are forcing families cross the nation to rein in their spending habits. Adjustments can be challenging for all members of the family, including children. But take heart—it’s all a matter of reframing the situation and turning it into a positive experience for the entire family.