Stitches, my friends, friggin’ STITCHES!
Here is how it went down: We were in a shoe store, I hear a CLANK behind me and turn around to find Jaden on the floor, holding her chin. She tripped on her own two feet, fell and hit a metal bench in the store, splitting open her little chin.
Last week was the first time I checked out in awhile and I must admit that it took me getting sick to collapse into relaxation mode. I have been going full throttle for some time and my body finally gave in. Thankfully it wasn’t a full-blown flu, but just enough to make me housebound. The funny thing was that I actually enjoyed it!
By K. L. Blankson, MD
It was easier when she was first born. Everything was, well, scheduled. The two -week visit. Then the 2-month visit (that 6 week gap felt like forever, didn’t it?). The first set of many scheduled immunizations. The assessment of developmental milestones. Cooing, eye contact, rolling…and then it seemed like she went straight from crawling to calling you to pick her up from the mall.
Nothing will make your heart skip a beat like a phone call from the school nurse. The minute I received a call from the elementary school nurse about one of my daughters, I had images of a broken bone or gash in her head from the playground. Imagine my surprise when I heard what the nurse had to say. “Mrs. Newsome, you need to pick up your daughter. She has lice.” Huh??? My mind raced back over the past few weeks.
In 1998, tragedy shattered Marie Lawson Fiala's life as a wife, mother, and lawyer when her 13-year-old son, Jeremy, was felled by a massive hemorrhage from a ruptured artery deep in his brain. Within an hour, Jeremy was in a coma, sustained only by machines. Letters From A Distant Shore, Marie's new memoir, tells the story of a mother's ferocious care and fierce determination to bring her child home alive and functioning despite devastating loss. Here Marie shares her tips for dealing effectively with a child's medical crisis.
Few things are cuter than a rosy-cheeked toddler, but in some cases, those bright red cheeks may be the sign of a more serious underlying condition. Though it's fairly rare, some toddlers can develop rosacea, a skin disorder more common in older people. Knowing how to recognize and treat this condition can help ensure that your child's skin problem doesn't become a major issue.
When you touch your toddler's forehead and it feels like she's burning up, it's natural to hit the parent panic button and wonder if you need to make a visit to the emergency room.
In most cases, though, a fever by itself doesn't warrant an emergency room visit. Knowing how to measure and treat your child's fever can help you avoid a trip to the hospital and get your toddler the relief she needs.
An obese child is an unhappy child -- and an unhealthy child. Obese children are at risk for the same health problems as obese adults, such as heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes. However, using dietary supplements for your child's weight problem may not only be ineffective; these over-the-counter "weight loss pills" can have dangerous side effects.
As children get older -- usually around 5 or 6 years old -- they begin to lose their "baby teeth," making way for the adult teeth growing underneath. This is an exciting milestone for your little one, and she may be anxious to get those baby teeth out. The best way to remove baby teeth is to wait until the time is right.
Skin rashes in toddlers, such as red bumps on the skin, are common and could be a result of many different conditions. In most cases, there's nothing that you need to do -- the problem will resolve itself in a few days. Still, it's helpful to try to determine the cause of the bumps so that you can treat them more effectively.