Children’s Safety

June 22, 2018

Dry Drowning Is a Misleading Term – What Are the Real Dangers?

By Beverly Hopps Health Educator, Safe Kids WNC/Mission Children’s Hospital You may have seen postings on social media about “dry drowning,” stories about kids who seemed perfectly fine after getting out of a pool, ocean or lake and then, suddenly, as much as a day later, end up with breathing difficulties and die. It’s terrifying […]

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May 16, 2018

Bike Helmet Safety – How to Protect Your Child from Head Injuries

By Beverly Hopps Health Educator, Safe Kids WNC/Mission Children’s Hospital Riding bikes is a classic kids’ pastime, and it can be lots of fun for children of all ages. But unfortunately, accidents can happen. Some bicycle injuries are so serious that children can die, usually from head injuries.  That’s one of the reasons the U.S. […]

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May 4, 2018

May Is Bike Safety Month – 9 Tips to Ensure a Safe Ride

By Beverly Hopps Health Educator, Safe Kids WNC/Mission Children’s Hospital Spring is here and it’s a wonderful time to be outside biking with your family. Here are few bicycle safety tips that can keep you and your family biking safely: Always wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet. Wearing your helmet correctly is the single most […]

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March 27, 2018

Be the Voice – Learn the Signs of Abused Children

With children, small changes can indicate big troubles. From sudden fears to aggression, child abuse and neglect change children. “We urge adults to pay close attention to children around them. Unexplained behavioral changes can signal a child or family needs help,” said Cindy Brown, MD, a child abuse pediatrician at Mission Children’s Hospital. Whether it’s […]

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January 30, 2018

Liquid Laundry Pods – How to Keep Your Kids Safe and Prevent Poisoning

By Beverly Hopps Health Educator, Safe Kids WNC, Mission Children’s Hospital There has been a recent spike in poisoning incidents related to children ingesting liquid laundry packets – sometimes referred to as pods. A dangerous and unfortunate social media trend called the “Tide Pod Challenge” has led to several poisonings and even fatalities. Ingesting these […]

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December 28, 2017

Tiny Objects, Massive Hazards – Do You Know What to Do if Your Child Swallows a Battery?

By Ashley McClary, MD McDowell Pediatrics For parents, batteries are seemingly everywhere. Toys, electronics, flashlights and key fobs are just a few of the everyday items that are charged by these tiny power sources – some of which can create serious dangers for children. Many smaller electronic items use button batteries – which are becoming […]

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December 13, 2017

In the Spirit of Safety – Avoid Holiday Dangers

By Arielle Lankford Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Tis the season … for a friendly reminder about safety. With traditions, celebrations and new toys being shared, it’s important for families to be aware of potential dangers. Decorating the Tree Decorate your tree with kids in mind. Start by securing the tree in its base. Kids are […]

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December 8, 2017

Be Prepared for Winter Weather – Keep These Items In a “Go Box” for Your Car

No one wants to get stuck in the snow…in their car. But it happens. So how can you prepare? Get your “Go Box” ready. Gabriel Cade, MD, Director of the Blue Ridge Regional Hospital emergency department, says these essentials in your trunk could save your life: An extra blanket in your car Extra clothes, in […]

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December 7, 2017

Community Spotlight – Helpmate Provides Services to Victims of Intimate Partner Violence

By Samantha Kappalman More than 30 percent of Americans are acquainted with a woman who has suffered violence from her male partner. In fact, one of every three women and one of every four men are the victims of intimate-partner violence. The Buncombe County Family Justice Center was created so victims of domestic violence can […]

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November 8, 2017

Is Your Family Properly Protected from Carbon Monoxide?

By Beverly Hopps Health Educator, Safe Kids WNC, Mission Children’s Hospital Carbon Monoxide Awareness Week is the right time to make safety improvements. Our Safe Kids team wants you to know the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) in and around your home. Here are some of their tips to make sure your family is safe. […]

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