Supervision, common sense help kids keep their heads above water (VIDEO)


Drowning is the leading cause of injury-related death among children ages 1-4 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In this video, Gia Ramsey, injury prevention coordinator for Akron Children’s Hospital Mahoning Valley, stresses the importance of supervision when children are near water, as well as several other strategies to help keep kids safely in the swim.

Dealing with fleas and ticks during the dog days of summer

CC Flickr / John Carleton

Bug bites are an inevitable part of summer and spending time outdoors. And while most of us expect to be feasted on by mosquitoes at one time or another, what about fleas and ticks?

Kids and diabetes: How to toe the line when it comes to foot care

CC Flickr / Jim Best

Most people don’t think much about their lowly feet. That is, until there is a problem with them. And for a person with diabetes, foot problems can quickly become serious. By restricting blood flow, diabetes can cause a loss of feeling in the feet, and without sensation, it may be difficult to detect a cut or infection.

Inside baby’s diaper: Decoding infant stool colors

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From insufficient nutrition to allergies and infections, so much about an infant’s health can be learned from inside a dirty diaper. It offers a wealth of information, but many moms find themselves spending too much time and energy analyzing and decoding their infants’ stool colors.

Don’t let bedbugs hitch a ride home with you from summer vacation


If you’re planning a summer vacation the last thing you want to do is bring unwelcome guests home with you, especially ones that bite. Some hotels and motels are crawling – literally – with bedbugs. So what can you do to protect your family?

New study finds fault in hyperspecialization in youth sports

10-year-old soccer players. CC/Flick photo by reid.neureiter

Hyperspecialization, when kids give up all other sports to focus in on one year-round, seems like the obvious track in building a star player. But, a recent study from UCLA proves diversification at a young age actually has more performance benefits in the long run.