April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

National Child Abuse Prevention MonthStrong, nurturing communities that are supportive of families can get involved and play a role in preventing child abuse and neglect and promoting child and family well-being.  The Children's Bureau, within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, funds the National Child Abuse Prevention Month initiative each April.  Click here for more information external link

 

Children and Springtime Seasonal Allergies

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Spring is here!  Unfortunately for some children, this is a time of triggering allergies.  Allergic rhinitis, or hay fever, is a common problem in infants and children.

Having uncontrolled allergies can put your child at risk for getting a secondary sinus infection, ear infections, and for having poor concentration at school. Read more at VeryWell.com external link

 

2017 Sports Injury Prevention Tip Sheet

sportsMore children are competing in sports than ever before. Sports help children and adolescents keep their bodies fit and feel good about themselves. However, there are some important injury prevention tips that can help parents promote a safe, optimal sports experience for their child.  The American Academy of Pediatrics has compiled a tip sheet about sports injury prevention. See more on the AAP website. external link

 

Car Seats: Information for Families

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One of the most important jobs you have as a parent is keeping your child safe when riding in a vehicle. Each year, thousands of young children are killed or injured in car crashes. Proper use of car seats helps keep children safe. But with so many different seats on the market, many parents find this overwhelming.

Read on for more information from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) about choosing the most appropriate car seat for your child.  Read More external link

 

Fun Things for Families to Do Together in April

IMG 0278Just in time for spring, National Garden Month encourages you to dig in the dirt with your children. Spring is in the air! Kids everywhere are ready to ditch the snowsuits for shorts and T-shirts. Welcome spring and a new way to play with lots of fun things do in April with your family. Need some ideas?  Check out TheSpruce.com external link

 

Raising Safe and Healthy Kids

safe healthy familyFrom planning your pregnancy to knowing the signs of child development, from making sure your little ones are as safe as possible to teaching your children healthy habits, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has compiled a list of tips for parents on ways to raise safe and healthy kids.  These common-sense ideas are sure to benefit any parent at any stage of their family's lives.  Click here to read more at CDC.gov 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 study published online in Maternal & Child Nutrition. Read more about it at ScienceDaily.com external link

 

Youth Events at Klamath County Library

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Klamath County Library Youth Services presents many activities each month for young people.  Featured events for April include a sing-a-long, master all four elements, celebrate the debut of a local author, learn how to make origami sculptures, make comics with Lemon Brick Road Studios, Family Movie and more!  Read more