I love to swim. Some of my fondest family memories revolve around the water. I grew up in Ohio rather than a beach town, but my love of water (and a Navy helicopter minesweeping flyboy) led me to Virginia Beach. Water seems to have always been a part of my life from the small pond near my childhoood home where I learned to swim, to Bowling Green State University where I was a lifeguard, to days on the beach with my children….water has surrounded and influenced my life. I can see many happy days in my memory where my family was on a beach in “one particular harbor” in St John USVI. I cannot imagine a 4th of July not surrounded by family and friends in a pool. Water has been a complete joy in my life.
For some, water is no longer a joy because they have lost a family member to drowning. From 2005 to 2014 there were approximately 3,500 fatal drownings annually in the U.S. Drowning is the leading cause of death for chidren between the ages of 1 and 4 years. One in every five people who drown is under 14 years of age.
Drowning deaths in children are preventable. There are measures you can take this summer to protect your children. To learn how, please read my article in this month’s Tidewater Family Magazine: http://www.tidewaterfamily.com/health/swim-safely-this-summer
Have a wonderful and safe summer in and around water. I pray that you too can have only happy memories of your family around water. Keep your kids safe around water. Enjoy your summer!
Do you ever wonder if your child is gifted? Is your child excelling academically or in another area? Giftedness means that your child has a higher than average ability in an area such as art, dance, leadership, sports or academics. Read more in the Tidewater Family Magazine: The Gifted Child
Are you aware that there are 3,500 infant deaths annually in the U.S.? Many of these deaths are preventable. Sleep babies on their back. Be sure to keep toys and pillows out of the crib. No bumper pads are needed. Take a look at this months article in the Tidewater Family magazine to learn more about safe sleeping for infants.
Tis the season for family fun, holiday travel, and of course…the gift that keeps on giving….the family cold. If you have brought home (and passed around) that family cold,like we have in our family, you may have some questions about what a cold really is, how to prevent it from spreading AND most importantly what to do once you’ve got it! Take a look at this month’s column (raising today’s child) called Q & A about Colds in the Tidewater Family Magazine. CLICK HERE TO LINK.
Kids need Vitamin D….
Many kids are not getting enough milk daily. If your kids won’t drink milk, consider a supplement containing Calcium and Vitamin D. Breast-fed infants need Poly-Vi-Sol with Iron to prevent Vitamin D deficiency and Rickets (bowing of the legs). Read more:
Sadly, this month is the one year anniversary of my nephew’s suicide. Let’s help prevent suicide. If you or someone you know needs help with thoughts of suicide, reach out….call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK, or text the Crisis Text Line at 741741. You may be able to prevent a family tragedy just by caring and spreading a message of hope. Join me in praying that not one more family will endure the pain of suicide.
Is your baby crying?
Never shake a baby!
Shaking can cause permanent brain damage, coma and even death. Step away. Take a break.
Check the basics
Are they thirsty? Give a bottle. Are they wet? Change a diaper. Do they have gas? Burp them. Are they too warm? Take a sweater off. Are they too cool? Put a sweater on.
Rocking, walking, baby wearing, car rides (in a car seat, backwards facing), white noice (fan or vacuum), a pacifier, soft music, or a stroller ride may help.
I’m pleased to be a guest on Dr. Christine Bacon’s Friday talk show “Breakfast with Bacon” on Friday September 15th from 11 am until noon. We’ll be discussing my book “Raising Today’s Baby” and my mission for Raising Today’s Child, LLC on WKQA 1110 am. Catch the discussion live or through Dr Bacon’s website. Dr Christine Bacon: Breakfast with Bacon