February is National Children's Dental Health Month
The American Dental Association (ADA) observed Children's Dental Health Day for the first time on Feb. 8, 1949. In 1955, this one-day event was extended to a week, and in 1981 to a month. Today, National Children's Dental Health Month (NCDHM) is observed every February. National Children’s Dental Health Month is meant to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. Read more about National Children's Dental Health Month at MouthHealthy.org
Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month
Every year, approximately 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner. It is also known that 3 in 4 parents have never talked to their children about domestic violence. Every year, during the month of February, advocates join efforts to raise awareness about dating violence, highlight promising practices, and encourage communities to get involved. For more information about Teen Dating Awareness Month, along with resources, visit nrcdv.org
Cold and Flu Season is Here
Flu vaccinations and practicing good hygiene is the best way to avoid getting sick. Wash your hands often, use a waterless hand sanitizer every time you touch a doorknob or any shared items, and always before eating or drinking anything. If you are coughing or sneezing, please wear a mask whenever in public. Stay hydrated by drinking a lot of fluids, especially water, and by avoiding caffeinated drinks. Rest is also important to help you recover - getting enough sleep is essential for healthy immune function!
Talking With Your Kids About Drinking
As much as parents may not like to think about it, the truth is that many kids and teens try alcohol during their high school and college years, long before it's legal for them to drink it. Research has shown that nearly 80% of high school kids have tried alcohol. It's important to start discussing alcohol use and abuse with your kids at an early age and keep talking about it as they grow up. Read more at KidsHealth.org.
Winter Weather Health and Safety
Children's Clinic of Klamath would like to provide you with information from various Centers for Disease Control (CDC) programs related to winter weather hazards. We have compiled a list of content links to various subjects including Emergency Preparedness and Response, Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, Hypothermia, Frostbite, Power Outages and more. Click here for our winter health and safety information page.
American Academy of Pediatrics Emphasizes Safety and Importance of Vaccines
In response to news reports suggesting a possible new federal commission on immunizations, the American Academy of Pediatrics reiterates that vaccines protect children’s health and save lives. They prevent life-threatening diseases, including forms of cancer. Vaccines have been part of the fabric of our society for decades and are the most significant medical innovation of our time.
Vaccines are safe. Vaccines are effective. Vaccines save lives. Click here to read more.
Youth Events at Klamath County Library
Klamath County Library Youth Services presents many activities each month for young people. Featured events for February include Let's Solve a Mystery!, Escape the evil Dr. Diabolical!, Bookmark Workshop, Girls Who Code, World Travelers Club, Teen Gaming Club, Make comics with Lemon Brick Road Studios, All-Ages Bingo, Family Movie, Youth Book Club, Writers Groups and more! Read more