Helping Children Through Thoughts of Suicide

By Cassandra Noyes, LCPC “I just want to be dead” is a statement heard more often now in conversations with adolescents. Hospital staff, school counselors, and mental health professionals are reporting larger numbers children struggling with thoughts of suicide, and suicide rates for adolescents have been increasing over the past years. Things like increased social […]

Baby Rashes Part 2

This article is a continuation of the previous article about baby rashes. Cradle cap (seborrheic dermatitis) shows up as scaly patches on a baby’s scalp, neck, armpits, or diaper area in the first few weeks of his/her life. The exact cause is unknown, but it could be the production of too much oil(sebum) in the […]

Baby Rashes – Part 1

A rash is a swelling or irritation of the skin that makes it appear red, bumpy, scaly, lumpy, or itchy and sometimes be accompanied by a fever. Rashes can be caused by many things such as insect bites, allergies, bacteria, fungi, viruses, heat, moisture, irritation, friction, and saliva. This article will discuss some of the […]

Keeping Safe on the Slopes: The Importance of Ski and Snowboard Safety

There are many recreational activities to do in the winter. Two of the most popular are skiing and snowboarding.  Downhill skiing and snowboarding are among the top three causes of injuries related to recreational winter activities. There are things to keep in mind when skiing and/or snowboarding that can keep it safe as well as […]

Car Seat Safety

Car Seat Safety

Car accidents are the leading cause of death in children. And injure over 120,000 children annually. Properly used car seats reduce the chance of death by 70% in infants under one year and by 54% in toddlers age one to four. Booster seats reduce the chance for serious injury by 45% in children four to eight years and seat belt use reduces the chance for […]

Constipation

Constipation

Constipation is a common problem in children. Every child has different bowel movement patterns. Most children have one or two bowel movements a day, but some can go two or three days before having a normal bowel movement. Constipation can be painful and cause discomfort, but it is usually temporary. It most commonly occurs when waste or stool moves too slowly through the digestive track, causing the stool to become hard and […]

Ear Infections

Ear Infections

Three quarters of children will get at least one ear infection by the age of three, but it is hard for parents to spot them since ear infections may come with only a whisper of symptoms. The most common cause of ear infections is colds. Children can also have an ear infection when they get […]

Importance of Backpack Safety

Importance of Backpack Safety

Over seventy-nine million kids in the United States wear backpacks to school; but did you know that an estimated fifty-five percent of them are carrying a backpack that is too heavy.  A child’s backpack should weigh no more than ten to fifteen percent of their body weight. A backpack that is to heavy or worn incorrectly can contribute to health problems […]

What to do about Spider Bites

What to do about Spider Bites

Most spiders in the United States are not dangerous, but some can be deadly. It is hard to identify a spider bite unless you saw the spider that bit you. Sometimes you will not notice the bite until hours after it occurred. Spider bites often take longer than insect bites to heal and may affect skin tissues.   Things to look for […]

How to Manage Insect Bites

How to Manage Insect Bites

Most of us have been bitten by an insect at some point. Mosquito, fly, wasp, bee, and similar insect bites or stings are common. They usually cause a mild reaction as our bodies react to the venom or other proteins that get injected or transferred to us through their saliva. The most common insect for people to be allergic to is bees.   Redness, swelling, itching, and pain are […]