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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.

12/01/2016

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.

11/29/2016

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.

10/20/2016

Volleyball - STOP Sports Injuries

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

10/20/2016

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.

10/20/2016

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.

10/20/2016

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.

10/20/2016

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.

10/20/2016

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.

10/20/2016

Soccer - STOP Sports Injuries

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

10/20/2016

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.

10/20/2016

Running - STOP Sports Injuries

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

10/20/2016

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.

10/20/2016

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.

10/20/2016

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.

10/20/2016

Lacrosse - STOP Sports Injuries

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

10/20/2016

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.

10/20/2016

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.

10/20/2016

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!

10/20/2016

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.

10/20/2016

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.

10/20/2016

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.

10/20/2016

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. 

10/20/2016

Cheerleading - STOP Sports Injuries

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

 

10/20/2016

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.

10/20/2016

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.

10/20/2016

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.

10/13/2016

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.

09/28/2016

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.

09/16/2016

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.

09/15/2016

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.

09/15/2016

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.

09/15/2016

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.

09/15/2016

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.

09/15/2016

GiveMe5 Infographic

Read on 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!

09/15/2016

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.



08/03/2016

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.

08/03/2016

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.

07/27/2016

Sports Hydration Infographic

How much water should a kid drink while playing sports?

06/06/2016

Young and Restless: Hyperactive students having trouble in school may suffer from a sleep disorder

Does your child have trouble focusing in school? Are they hyperactive? Or the opposite -- walking around like a zombie? They may be suffering from a serious sleep disorder. 7's Lynn Martinez shows us why so many children are 'young and restless.'

05/12/2016

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. 

03/28/2016

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.

03/24/2016

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.

02/04/2016

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.



06/25/2015

What to Know About Ebola

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

03/25/2015

Enterovirus Awareness and Planning

What Parents Need to Know About Enterovirus D68

03/17/2015

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.

02/02/2015

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.

01/04/2015

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.

11/14/2014

Firework Safety Tips for the 4th of July Holiday Weekend

Nickaus Children’s Hospital and Safe Kids Worldwide wish your family a Safe and Happy Fourth of July. All fireworks, including sparklers, can cause severe burns and scars.

07/03/2014

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.

06/03/2014

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 Miami Children’s Hospital. “The child’s effort to become more independent can be a difficult time for the whole family.”

11/14/2013

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.

11/08/2013

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.”

11/07/2013

Standing Water Precautions

Following hurricanes, tropical storms and heavy rains, residents should be aware of the potential dangers from standing water. The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) recommends extreme caution in the event of floods and resulting.

11/07/2013

Smoky Day Preventive Measures

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

11/07/2013

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.

11/07/2013

Heat Protection Tips

From 1979 -2002, excessive heat exposure caused 8,966 deaths in the United States. During this period, more people in this country died from extreme heat than from hurricanes, lightning, tornadoes, floods, and earthquakes combined.

11/07/2013

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)

11/07/2013

Flood Emergency Readiness

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

11/07/2013

Drowning Prevention Tips

Keeping Eyes On Prize (Kids!)’ Is Key To Drowning Prevention

11/07/2013

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.

11/07/2013

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.

11/07/2013

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.

11/07/2013

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!

11/07/2013

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.

11/07/2013

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.

11/03/2013

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.

11/03/2013

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.

11/03/2013

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.

11/03/2013

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.

11/03/2013

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.

11/03/2013

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.

11/03/2013

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.

11/03/2013

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.

11/03/2013

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

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

11/03/2013

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.

11/03/2013

Basic Oral Hygiene

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

11/03/2013

Backyard Pool Safety

Supervision and awareness are vital to preventing accidental drownings. Distractions such as running to answer the phone or attending to guests are the main reasons adults take their eyes off children and that’s when accidents happen. Never leave children alone in or around water, not even for a second! Preventive measures are also a key part of water 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.

11/03/2013

A Flu Season Primer

Flu season is at its peak between January and April, so parents should be on the lookout for signs and symptoms and keep a child at home if they think he or she is infected. Children who are young, severely ill, or have worsening symptoms should be treated with an antiviral agent (e.g. Tamiflu) as soon as possible.

11/03/2013

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.

11/02/2013

Preparing your child for a hurricane

Most children thrive on routines and being in control.  Every day they wake up, eat breakfast, go to school, do their homework and play with their friends.  However children and teenagers can become anxious when their routines are disrupted by natural disasters such as a hurricane or tropical storms.

11/02/2013

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.

11/02/2013

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.

11/02/2013

Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween safety is important and involves everyone from trick-or-treaters to grown-ups. 
It can be one of the most fun and festive nights of the year - but only if you celebrate safely! Children, parents, neighbors, and motorists should be aware of the dangers associated with this exciting celebration.

10/30/2013

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.

12/14/2012

Preventing Injuries to Children at School

Monitor and maintain school safety equipment and procedures.

11/21/2012

Preventing Injuries to Children who Live in Rural Areas

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

11/21/2012

Preventing Childhood Poisoning

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

11/21/2012

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.

11/21/2012

Preventing Injuries to Child Pedestrians

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

11/21/2012

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.

11/21/2012

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.

11/21/2012

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.

11/21/2012

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.

11/21/2012

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.

11/17/2012

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

05/16/2012

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.

03/09/2012

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.

06/04/2011

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.

05/06/2007

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.

05/02/2007


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