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  • Coping Mechanisms: Children and Disasters

    We've discussed Preparedness Challenges for Children in Emergencies and Helping Children Cope With a Disaster, but as we lead into National Preparedness Month, we would like to emphasize how important these considerations are as part of your Family Communication Plan.

    Thinking about this year's National Preparedness theme “Don’t Wait. Communicate. Make Your Emergency Plan Today.”, we'd like you to remember that disasters can leave children feeling frightened, confused, and insecure. Whether a child has personally experienced trauma or seen the event on television, it’s important for parents to be informed and ready to help ease their child’s stress.


    According to the Ready Campaign, children may respond to disaster by demonstrating fears, sadness, or behavioral problems. These reactions may vary depending on the child’s age.
    Children’s reactions are often influenced by the behavior, thoughts, and feelings of adults. Parents can help meet their child’s emotional needs by:

    • Encouraging him or her to share thoughts and feelings about the incident;
    • Clarifying misunderstandings about risk and danger by listening to their child’s concerns and answering questions;
    • Maintaining a sense of calm by validating their child’s concerns and perceptions with discussion of concrete plans for safety; and
    • Monitoring or limiting exposure to the media.

    For more information about helping children cope with disaster,

  • End Violence Against Children

    The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children will support the efforts of those seeking to prevent violence, protect childhood, and help make societies safe for children… watch the video to learn more.

    End Violence Against Children Launch Film from End Violence Against Children on Vimeo.

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  • FEMA Launches New Children and Disasters Webpage

    With approximately 69 million children under the age of 18 in the United States, children comprise nearly one-quarter of the entire U.S. population. One of FEMA’s strategic priorities is to be survivor-centric in mission and program delivery by maximizing speed, efficiency, accessibility and ease of use of FEMA’s programs and services for individuals and communities. We work diligently to ensure that we meet this goal and effectively address the needs of all survivors, including children.

    Also Read: Preparedness Challenges for Children in Emergencies


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    The Children and Disasters webpage is comprised of resources to support the integration of children’s disaster-related needs into preparedness, planning, response and recovery efforts. These resources may be helpful for state, local and tribal governments, as well as stakeholders responsible for the temporary care of children.

  • How Babies are Made and Modern Ways to keep Your Children Safe

    Canadian photographer Patrice Laroche surely will have no trouble explaining to his kids about the birds and the bees. During his wife Sandra's pregnancy, the artist created this hilarious explanatory photo series titled

    "How to Make a Baby"...

    The creative couple planned and carried out their project throughout the whole period of 9 months, taking pictures in the same settings as Sandra's belly expanded. The pregnancy saga of Sandra and Patrice basically denounces all the traditional cabbage and the stork stories.

    Modern Methods to Keep your Children Safe:

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    When our kids are with us or around us, we pay attention to their safety. However, when we cannot see them and they are away from us, it becomes challenging to ensure their safety, especially in a scenario where we hear of bullying, assault and harassment cases taking place on campuses on an everyday basis. With this in mind, a personal safety app is highly recommended to ensure their safety when they head off to school. Here are some steps that your student can keep in mind, to be prepared against danger.

    Must-Know Information and Tips

    • They should keep their phone with them at all times. They should save important contacts into the phone book on their phone for quick reference, when needed.
    • Secondly, it is a good idea to keep your personal information safe in their dorm room instead of carrying it with you on a daily basis such as their social security card, a passport and other important docs. If you are new to the campus, it is a good idea to take a walk around so you can know your surroundings well. Keep your belongings at arm’s length, be it your laptop, backpack, iPod & never leave it unattended as these things can be swiped without you even noticing, till it’s too late.
    • When traveling, avoid traveling alone, especially during late hours, it is always better to have your friends with you. Avoid taking short cuts, especially crossing through alleys or back streets, stay on lighted paths.
    • Lastly, if you have to travel late at night, let your friend or family know where you will be going and route you are taking, you can never be too careful in today’s world.
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    Apart from the above-mentioned guidelines, download a personal safety app that can save you in case of a danger or crisis. These Apps are designed to provide users with real time hand holding during the time of danger and distress Look for one with 24x7 user support system and real time GPS location tracking. Whenever you find yourself in trouble, you just need to tap your app to make an immediate call and emergency text to alert those close to you or first responders such as Police, Fire & EMS.

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  • Feed a Cold and Starve a Fever? No. Meds for Sick Child? Often No.

    Kids & MedicationsGot a sick Child? Ready to dose him or her up? Hold on!
    Sometimes a cold is just a cold. What can worried parents do when their babies and young children have a cold?

    Often a happy toy or child's bandage will help make them feel better (psychosomatic) - and that's all you should do while you keep the child warm and comfortable and allow the cold to run its course.

    The FDA has some advice and tips.

    Read More:

    Have a Baby or Young Child With a Cold? Most Don't Need Medicines

    What can parents do when their babies and young children have a cold? It depends on the child’s age

    Relieving Cold Symptoms

    There’s no cure for the common cold, a viral infection that cannot be treated with antibiotics, says FDA’s pediatrician Amy M. Taylor, M.D., M.H.S.

    “A cold is self-limited, and patients will get better on their own in a week or two without any need for medications. For older children, some OTC medicines can help relieve the symptoms—but won’t change the natural course of the cold or make it go away faster,” says Taylor, a medical officer in FDA’s Division of Pediatric and Maternal Health.

    Coughs are a normal symptom of a cold and aren’t all bad. “Coughs help the body clear the mucus out of the airway and protect the lungs; so you don’t want to suppress all coughs,” Taylor says.

    Non-drug treatments for coughs include drinking plenty of fluids, especially warm drinks to soothe the throat.

    What About Fevers?

    Fever helps the body fight off an infection and does not always need to be treated. But if your child is uncomfortable because of fever or other symptoms of a cold, there are alternatives to cough and cold medicine to help them feel more comfortable. Taylor says they include the following actions:

    • Using a clean cool-mist vaporizer or humidifier in a small area near the child’s bed may help moisten the air and decrease the drying of the nasal passages and throat.
    • For infants with a stuffy nose, use saline or salt water drops/spray to moisten the nasal passages and loosen the mucus. Then clean the nose with a bulb syringe.
    • Acetaminophen or ibuprofen can be used to reduce fever, aches and pains. Take care to use the correct dose. FDA recently published new manufacturing and labeling recommendations for acetaminophen-containing medications used to treat colds, fevers and headaches in children. The draft guidance encourages safer use of these products by minimizing the potential for acetaminophen overdosing caused by medication errors or accidental ingestion.

    When to Call a Doctor

    Not every sniffle or cough merits a trip to the doctor’s office. When in doubt, parents should call their health care provider. “Call your pediatrician at the first sign of illness whenever a baby 3 months or younger is sick,” Taylor advises.

    For all children, call a doctor if you see any of these symptoms:

    • A fever in an infant 2 months or younger.
    • A fever of 102 or higher at any age.
    • Signs of labored breathing, including nostrils widening with each breath, wheezing, fast breathing, the ribs showing with each breath.
    • Blue lips.
    • Not eating or drinking, with signs of dehydration.
    • Ear pain.
    • Excessive crankiness or sleepiness.
    • If the cough lasts for more than three weeks.
    • If the child is getting worse.

    Those symptoms can signal that your child has something more serious than a cold.

    “You have to know your child,” Taylor says. “With small infants, fever is a major concern, and you need medical advice. If you are worried about your child’s symptoms, at any age, call your pediatrician for advice.”

    Although most colds in children don’t have serious complications, they can cause great worry to caregivers, and are among the top reasons for visiting a doctor. FDA doesn’t recommend over-the-counter (OTC) cold and cough medicines for children younger than 2. For infants and children younger than 2, those medicines may have serious and potentially life-threatening side effects.

    So what’s a worried parent to do? Here are some tips from FDA on how to safely treat your child’s cold.

    Giving the Right Dose

    “We found that parents often can make errors with liquid medications. It’s often difficult for them to correctly measure liquid medications because they don’t understand what a milliliter is or may be confused about the difference between a teaspoon and a tablespoon,” Taylor says.

    Do NOT give your child Adult Cold Medications, unless directed to do so by your physician.

    How can parents be sure to give the correct dose to their children? Follow the directions on the “Drug Facts” label. FDA encourages drug manufacturers to provide a dosing instrument, such as a syringe or a cup, marked with the correct measurements. Use them—and not household spoons—to measure medication.

    ”If you have questions or need advice, do ask the pharmacist,” Taylor adds. “She or he can tell you which dosing instrument to use, how much medication to give and how often.”

    In the United States, adults have on average about three colds per year, and children have them even more often. Caregivers might be tempted to give children pain relievers, decongestants and other medications for a cold. But often it’s best to fight this common childhood illness with rest and care.

    This article appears on FDA’s Consumer Updates page, which features the latest on all FDA-regulated products.

  • Steps for a Safer Playground

    School is beginning! While thoughts of "back to school" usually bring thoughts of desks, pencils and paper, it's also time to start thinking about the playground. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year ERs across the country treat more than 200,000 children for playground-related accidents. About half of those accidents are severe, including fractures, concussions, dislocations, amputations and internal injuries. Now is the time for your school to do what is necessary to make your playground safe. Here are four steps to take to make your playground safe:

    1. Make Sure It's Soft

    playground2Kids break arms and legs when they fall from tall playground equipment, yet you don't want to keep them from experiencing the joy of climbing. Instead, make sure that the ground underneath the playground is soft and that the ground cover, whether you choose wood chips, pea gravel or sand, is well-maintained and is shock absorbent. Schedule regular times to rake the ground cover into place so that kids do not wear away spots underneath it.

    If you have a little extra budget and don't want to have ongoing maintenance of your ground cover, consider pour-in-place rubber flooring. This gives enough softness without the need to constantly pay attention to raking the mulch back in place.

    Looking at softness extends beyond the ground as well. Inspect the playground for pointed, sharp edges that could cut children or snag clothing. Make sure all of these are properly filed or covered, and that the surface is smooth and safe on the actual play structures.

    2. Ensure Proper Supervision

    Playground duty is no one's favorite task, but you can't sacrifice safety because the staff can't agree on who should be on duty. Make sure that all age groups are properly supervised, with staff at key areas with a clear view of all climbing equipment so they can see if someone is playing too rough or using the equipment improperly. Proper supervision is an absolute necessity for playground safety.

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    3. Choose Play Structures According to Age

    Children of different ages have different ability levels when it comes to playground equipment. Make sure that your children are playing on equipment designed for their age range.

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    For preschool children, the National Program for Playground Safety (NPPS) recommends small steps and crawl spaces. Railings need to be placed appropriately for smaller bodies. Low platforms that limit injuries from falls are also important, and slides should be no taller than four feet from the ground. Overhead bars and rings, long spiral slides and seesaws should not be on a playground for children in this age group.

    For elementary-school children, rope and chain climbing structures are great. Tire swings and slides are also excellent pieces of equipment for this age group. Taller slides, provided platforms are properly closed so that children do not fall, are also lots of fun for this age group.

    4. Inspect the Playground Regularly

    Finally, make sure the playground is inspected on a regular basis by an authority on playground safety. This inspection should look for signs of wear and tear, including problems with the ground cover, and should take care of those problems before they cause injuries. Any problems found must be addressed before children are allowed to play on that piece of equipment.

    It only takes a moment for a tragedy to occur on the playground. Do what you can to ensure the playground at your school is safe, and let your kids and students enjoy hours of recess time on a safe, age-appropriate playground.

    playgroundAbout the author:
    David Reeves is Marketing Manager of Playland Inc. in Carrollton, GA. The company designs commercial indoor and outdoor play equipment. The company offers safe equipment sets compatible to your space with components including swings, panels, tunnels and balancing structures.

  • Keep Kids Safe This Summer

    Summer starts on June 21st!

    Kids like to dive into summer to relax, unwind, and have fun. Warm weather brings more opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. Here are some ways to stay safe while enjoying swimming, boating, hiking, biking, and more. Check out more tips at Make Summer Safe for Kids.

    Master water safety

    Swimming and other water activities are excellent ways to get the physical activity and health benefits needed for a healthy life. Get the most from vacation while helping everyone stay safe.

    Beat the heat

    Watch out for the heat. The best defense is prevention. Those at greatest risk of heat-related illness include infants and children up to 4 years of age.

    Be safe at home, work, and play

    Most child injuries can be prevented. Injuries are the leading cause of death in children aged 19 and younger.

    Stop the violence

    Healthy relationship behaviors can have a positive effect on teens’ emotional development.

    Help your loved ones and their friends have a safe and healthy summer!

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