You would never let your children ride in a car without a seat belt. For the same common sense safety reasons, you shouldn't let your children ride their bikes without helmets either. While riding a bike is a fun and timeless childhood activity, it can also be a very dangerous one if you don't insist your children follow proper precautions.
But Bicycle Accidents Almost Never Happen!
While you may not think bicycle accidents are that common, the truth is that hundreds of thousands of children are involved in bicycle accidents every year. While not all of these are fatal, too many of them are. When something as simple as an adequate helmet can save your child’s life in the case of an accident, it’s hard to think of a single reason not to get one.
But My Child Doesn’t Like Helmets!
Do your children complain that their helmets are too hot or uncomfortable? These complaints are common, but they don't have to be persistent. First, choose the right helmets for your children ones that will be comfortable while still providing enough protection. Then, simply insist that your children wear them. Once your children see that helmets are a requirement and they will not be riding their bikes without them, they'll be much less likely to put up a fuss.
Sure, bike helmets may not seem "cool," but at the end of the day, looking cool matters far less than staying safe. If your child is worried about how the helmet makes them look to their friends, one way to make it more fun for them is by letting them customize it. Buy colorful stickers and let your child decorate the helmet to their heart’s content!
It’s the Law
In fact, in some states, you may even have the law on your side as well. In California, for example, children are required to wear bicycle helmets by law. If they neglect to wear them while riding their bikes, their parents could be faced with a fine.
You already insist that your children wear their seat belts and eat their vegetables. It's time to start insisting that they wear their bicycle helmets as well. Even if your children complain, you'll know you've made the right choice.
According to research published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior, nearly 15 percent of teens drink energy drinks on a weekly basis. Could the widespread use of energy drinks among teens be a problem? Many researchers fear that it is. Here's why.
1. Teens Who Drink Energy Drinks are More Likely to Smoke and Drink Alcohol
According to a study by the University of Michigan, the research is clear: Teens who drink energy drinks are more likely to smoke and drink as well. Research found teens who drank energy shots and drinks were 2-3 times likely to use alcohol, cigarettes and illicit drug use. Saying no to energy drinks may just be the first step to saying no to other, more dangerous drugs as well.
2. Energy Drinks Lead to Tooth Decay
Energy drinks contain a great deal of sugar. When consumed frequently, they can lead to tooth decay and other oral health issues, especially when kids and teens don't brush immediately after.
3. Energy Drinks Can Contribute to Certain Health Conditions
Consuming energy drinks can also help lead to certain health conditions, including diabetes and obesity. While one drink may not cause a problem, drinking energy drinks can become habitual, which can turn into a problem quickly.
4. Energy Drinks Replace Healthier Options
Children and teens that choose to drink energy drinks are also choosing not to drink other, healthier options - such as water, milk or 100 percent pure fruit juice in their place. When children and teens choose energy drinks frequently enough, they end up missing out on all the health benefits that the other beverages provide.
For most - if not all - children and teens, energy drinks are completely unnecessary and cause far more harm than good. If your children and teens currently drink energy drinks, wean them off as soon as you can. If they have yet to try them, encourage them to keep it that way as long as possible.
Are you one of the many parents worried about giving your child his or her vaccines? If so, you aren't alone. Every year, doctors see patients who express concern or flat-out refuse to vaccinate their children. Thankfully, however, many of the concerns about vaccines are based on misinformation. Here are four very common vaccine myths, as well as the truth that refutes them!
1. Vaccines Cause Autism and Other Disorders
While autism has been on the rise lately, it isn't because of vaccinations. The study that expressed concern about the link between the two was based on poor quality research and was later retracted. Unfortunately, this was not until after vaccine critics heard the news and a false reputation for autism causation spread. The fact of the matter is that the link between autism and vaccines has been unequivocally refuted by good research, and no sound link between the two has ever been established.
2. The Diseases that Vaccines Prevent Aren't a Threat Anymore
While it's true that most of the diseases vaccines are intended to treat are no longer a major public health concern today, this is, in fact, thanks to continuous vaccinations! By no means does this mean that these diseases are gone for good. In fact, outbreaks still happen in areas when communities fail to vaccinate on schedule. Steady vaccination creates an effect called 'herd immunity,' where, because most individuals are vaccinated, those who cannot be (caused by a variety of factors, including ongoing cancer treatment or autoimmune disorders) are still protected from deadly diseases. Not only is vaccinating your child keeping them safe, it's the responsible choice to protect your friends and neighbors. Help those who cannot help themselves by getting your child vaccinated!
3. Having Too Many Vaccines at Once Will Harm My Child's Immune System
While the number of vaccines children receive can be overwhelming, that doesn't mean they are unsafe. Children are exposed to thousands of new germs throughout their childhoods, and their bodies are used to encountering them and dealing with them all at once. It's no different with vaccines.
4. It's Safer to Wait Until Children are Older to Vaccinate Them
If we knew exactly when children would be exposed to a terrible disease and which disease it would be in advance, it would be easy to vaccinate them right before they were exposed. The reality, however, is that we never know what children will be exposed to and when. The sooner they are vaccinated, the greater the chances that their bodies will be prepared whenever and if ever they are exposed.
Vaccines may seem frightening, but don't let the myths scare you away. When it comes to keeping your children healthy, vaccines are the way to go.
Learn more about important immunizations and when your child needs them.
While no one likes getting needles they are an important part of keeping your child or teenager healthy. There are so many life-threatening and serious conditions that could affect your child’s health if they don’t get the proper vaccinations. Fortunately, seeing your 7 Day Pediatrics pediatrician regularly will ensure that your child is up to date on all of their vaccinations. Here is the vaccination schedule you should follow.
After your baby is born they will usually come in for their first visit within the first 24 hours after being discharged from the hospital. During this time they should receive the first dose of the Hepatitis B vaccine.
1-2 months old
At this point your child should receive the second round of their Hepatitis B vaccine.
2 and 4 months old
Two and four months are important ages for your little one because they will require several difference vaccines including:
- Diphtheria, tetanus and pertussis (DTap)
- H. influenza type b (Hib)
- Polio (IPV)
- Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV)
- Rotavirus (RV)
6 months old
This is about the time that your child will get the third dose of DTap, Hib, PCV and RV. You should also consider getting your child vaccinated every year for the flu.
During this time your child will get the last dose of the Hepatitis b vaccine, as well as the second half of the polio vaccine.
12-15 months old
Now is the time to get your child vaccinated for the chickenpox. They will also get the final round of the Hib vaccine, as well as measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) and the third round of the PCV vaccine.
During this period your little one will receive the Hepatitis A vaccine. This vaccine comes in two parts, which will be given about 6 months apart or more from each other.
The only vaccine your child will need during this time is DTap.
This is another important stretch for your child as they will need to get the DTap, MMR, IPV and varicella vaccines during this period of time.
Beside the DTaP and meningococcal vaccinations, it’s also a good idea to talk to your child’s doctor about whether they should be vaccinated for HPV. This vaccine can protect teenage boys and girls from genital warts and certain forms of cancer.
Your teen will need to get the meningococcal B vaccine (which comes in either two or three doses). This immunization isn’t always necessary so your pediatrician will tell you whether your child should get it.
Do you have questions about your child’s vaccinations? Do you need to schedule your child or teen’s next doctor’s appointment? Turn to a 7 Day Pediatrics pediatrician you can trust to get the best care possible time and time again. Vaccines are a surefire way to keep your children healthy as they continue to grow.
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