November is Child Safety and Protection Month!

child safetyThe safety of our children is something that we should always be vigilant about. As children grow and change, they require different levels of protection and November, Child Safety and Protection Month, is a good reminder for us to check the safety and protection devices and plans we have in place for our children.

Make sure you have safety caps on all medication bottles and keep them out of your children's reach, keep all cleaning products safely locked away so that curious tykes don't accidentally get into them, and read more ideas at! external link


12 Tips for Teaching Children Gratitude

gratitudeTired of bickering, jealousy, and selfishness? Kids are naturally materialistic and self-serving– but the good news is that gratitude can be taught. And from gratitude flows joy.  Kathleen Berchelmann M.D., FAAP, a pediatrician at St. Louis Children's Hospital, has 12 tips that can help parents teach their children gratitude; read more at! external link


Colder Weather Means Increased Risks From Carbon Monoxide

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Carbon monoxide (CO) is a toxic gas that is a by-product of appliances, heaters, and automobiles that burn fuels. It has no color, no taste, and no odor.  When your child breathes CO, it harms the ability of his blood to transport oxygen. Although everyone is at risk for CO poisoning, it is particularly dangerous for children. Get CO poisoning prevention tips at external link


Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV) Information

rsvprotectionSymptoms of RSV are similar to other respiratory infections.  Illness begins 4 to 6 days after being exposed to the virus.  In adults and older children, typical RSV symptoms include a low-grade fever, congested or runny nose, cough, sore throat, headache, fatigue, and occasionally wheezing. In children younger than age 2, RSV can cause a lower respiratory tract illness such as bronchiolitis or pneumonia; more severe cases can result in respiratory failure.  Read more


Homework Tips for Parents and Kids

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Early in school, homework will be fun activities and exercises, but it still is important to lay the foundation for good homework habits. Designating a specific area in which homework should be done, and agreeing on a time frame for doing homework each day, helps to build a routine that will benefit your child as well as instill a sense of responsibility and accomplishment.  Read more external link



Promoting Healthy Childhood Friendships 

friendshipEven if your child has friends outside of school, he/she probably will form more as they progress through grade school. However, children can be picky, so do not be alarmed if it seems like he/she often has a new best friend and, as a result, ex-best friend.  Here are some ideas about how you can nurture your child’s friendships... Read more




Youth Events at Klamath County Library


Klamath County Library Youth Services presents many activities each month for young people.  Featured events for December include Celebrating the Holidays at the Library, Make Some Festive Crafts, Experience Virtual Reality, Shrek Screening & Discussion, Make comics with Lemon Brick Road Studios, Family Movie, Youth Book Club, Writers Groups and much more!  Read more external link


HPV and Cancer: HPV Vaccinations recommended for ages 11 and up

immunizationsAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is an epidemic of human papillomavirus (HPV) in the United States. HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection.  The American Cancer Society recommends that routine HPV vaccination for girls and boys should be started at age 11 or 12.  Boys and girls in this age group have the best response to the vaccine, which prevents most cases of cervical and anal cancer in females if the vaccine is given before a person is exposed to HPV.  Read more on the American Cancer Society's website. external link


Breastfeeding Saves Mothers' Lives, Too!

babyBreastfeeding as recommended -- for a total of one year and exclusively for six months -- could protect babies and their moms from premature death and serious diseases and save the U.S. more than $4.3 billion in health care and related costs, according to a new study published online in Maternal & Child Nutrition. Read more about it at external link