Of the 30 million American youth athletes that participate in extracurricular sports, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons estimates that some 3.5 million kids ages 14 and under annually seek medical attention due to some sort of sports injury. There’s always a risk of injury when it comes to any sort of physical activity – that’s just a fact of playing sports – but the good news is that there’s a lot that parents can do to ensure their children stay as safe as possible. With a new school year fast arriving and kids rejoining their various fall sports teams to prepare for the upcoming season, now is as good of a time as ever to review some of these safety strategies and tips:
The last thing kids want to think about during summer vacation is school. And for good reason—they work hard during the school year and deserve a break. Summer also gives kids the opportunity to do activities that might not be possible during the school year, whether it’s a hobby or a new endeavor.
Just when you thought your bundle of joy couldn’t get any more perfect, in stomps the terrible twos. These fits of crying, yelling, flailing, or hitting others catch many parents off-guard. “What happened to my sweet baby?” parents ask, “And when is this going to end?”
Under Christmas trees all over Utah, smart phones, tablets, and gaming devices are wrapped up in festive paper waiting to light up the faces of children everywhere—literally.
No matter what your stance is on vaccines, the truth of the matter is this: vaccines are important in decreasing the most vaccine-preventable childhood diseases. Dr. Darek Eggleston with the Ogden Clinic discusses the importance of vaccines and other common questions parents have about them. Why are vaccinations important? Vaccinations protect your child against serious diseases by stimulating the immune system to create antibodies against certain bacteria or viruses. What diseases do vaccines protect against? Immunizing your child with vaccines protects against serious diseases like measles, whooping cough, polio, meningococcal disease, tetanus, rotavirus, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, chickenpox, influenza and more.