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Screen time for Preschoolers

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The American Academy of Pediatrics encourages parents to foster healthy media habits for children at a young age. Here’s what they recommend:

For more information, visit these American Academy of Pediatrics links:

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/family-life/Media/Pages/Healthy-Digital-Media-Use-Habits-for-Babies-Toddlers-Preschoolers.aspx

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/family-life/Media/Pages/Where-We-Stand-TV-Viewing-Time.aspx

Sun Protection for Kids

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We all know that protecting children’s skin is important and here a few simple ways to make sure your little one is sun safe:

As always, if you have questions about how to keep your child sun safe, consult your pediatrician.

For more information, visit this American Academy of Pediatrics link:

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/at-play/Pages/Sun-Safety.aspx

Keeping Cups Clean

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As you may have seen in the news lately, many children’s cups are being found to have significant amounts of bacteria and mold growing inside that can make children sick. Bacteria and mold like to grow in warm, damp areas- making the spaces inside your child’s cup ideal. Here are some tips on choosing a cup for your child and keeping it clean:

Choosing a cup:

How to clean cups:

For more information, visit these helpful links:

https://www.realsimple.com/work-life/family/kids-parenting/sippy-cup-safety

Videos on cleaning:
https://sistemaplastics.com/news/entry/twist-n-sip-caps-cleaning-instructions-announcement

Improving Sleep Habits for Infants

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Tips for safe sleeping:

Tips for improving sleep:

For more information, visit these American Academy of Pediatrics links:

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/sleep/Pages/Getting-Your-Baby-to-Sleep.aspx

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/sleep/Pages/Back-to-Sleep-Tummy-to-Play.aspx

Importance of Physical Activity for Kids

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Developing healthy habits early in life sets up children for success! Ensuring your child is getting enough physical activity can be a challenge. Here are some tips and recommendations to help your little one stay active and healthy:

Recommendations based on age:

For more information, visit these American Academy of Pediatrics and Health Dept. links:

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/fitness/Pages/Energy-Out-Daily-Physical-Activity-Recommendations.aspx

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/healthy-living/growing-healthy/Pages/preschool-activity.aspx

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/gradeschool/fitness/Pages/default.aspx

http://www.health.state.mn.us/divs/hpcd/chp/cdrr/earlychildhood/infofamilies-infofamiliesneedknowphysicalactivity.html

READING WITH KIDS

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There are so many options when it comes to selecting toys- it can be overwhelming! Here are some toy selection tips for babies based on pediatrician recommendations:

  1. 1. Safety First!
    • Check labels for their recommended age ranges
    • Select toys that are nontoxic, durable, and easily cleaned
    • Avoid toys with small pieces, ribbons, or strings
    • Choose well-made stuffed animals that do not have small, bean-like pellets
  2. 2. Think Multisensory & Manipulatives!
    • Shape sorters, age-appropriate puzzles, and stackables are great options for building developmental skills
    • Colorful toys with lights, sounds, different textures, and mirrors are stimulating for baby’s senses
      • Be careful to avoid toys that are too loud as they can damage baby’s hearing
    • Children under 18 months should not have any screen time/media per American Academy of Pediatrics recommendations

As always, if you have questions about toys and activities for your baby, consult your pediatrician.

For more information, visit these American Academy of Pediatrics links:

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/Pages/What-to-Look-for-in-a-Toy.aspx
https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/at-home/Pages/How-to-Buy-Safe-Toys.aspx

THE FLU

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Fall is here and you know what that means…flu season! Unfortunately, the flu is responsible for thousands of deaths in the US each year and the illness tends to be more pronounced in preschool and school-aged children. Fortunately, this year the flu vaccination is available in both shot and nasal spray formulations to help protect your entire family. The CDC recommends that everyone over 6 months of age with no medical contraindications receives the flu vaccine each year. This is especially important if a child has a chronic health issue.

The flu is no fun and we all want to keep ourselves and our families happy and healthy this season! Contact your physician and your child’s pediatrician to discuss the flu vaccine soon! As always, if you have questions about the flu vaccine consult your pediatrician.

For more information, visit these helpful links:

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safetyprevention/immunizations/Pages-Prepare-Your-Family-for-Flu-Season.aspx
https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/chest-lungs/Pages/The-Flu.aspx

STIMULATING ACTIVITIES FOR BABIES

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Reading aloud to kids (including babies!) is a great way to build early language skills as it helps to create and reinforce connections in their developing brains. Here are some tips and recommendations:

As always, if you have questions about literacy and reading with kids, consult your pediatrician. For more information, visit these helpful links:

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/ages-stages/baby/Pages/Healthy-Children-Radio-Reading-Aloud-to-Infants-Audio.aspx

http://www.scholastic.com/100BestReadAloudBooks/#logo

HAND WASHING

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Hand washing is the single best way to prevent illness. However, little hands get dirty often and kids are not always the best at remembering to wash their hands. Encouraging healthy habits at a young age helps keep your little one safe from harmful germs!

When to wash:

How to wash:

For more information, visit these helpful links:

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/prevention/Pages/Hand-Washing-A-Powerful-Antidote-to-Illness.aspx

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/health-issues/conditions/prevention/Pages/Germ-Prevention-Strategies.aspx

IMPROVING SLEEP HABITS FOR PRESCHOOLERS

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Keeping little ones safe while traveling distances long and short is a priority (and the law!). Here are the current California car seat laws:

As always, if you have questions about car seat safety, consult your pediatrician.

For more information, visit these helpful links:

https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/on-the-go/Pages/Rear-Facing-Car-Seats-for-Infants-Toddlers.aspx

https://www.chp.ca.gov/programs-services/programs/child-safety-seats

https://www.nhtsa.gov/equipment/car-seats-and-booster-seats#install-inspection

CAR SEAT SAFETY

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Costumes tips:

Pumpkin safety tips:

Trick-or-Treating safety tips:

CPR CLASSES FOR PARENTS & CAREGIVERS

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Costumes tips:

Pumpkin safety tips:

Trick-or-Treating safety tips: