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The Informed Parent

What’s Up Doc?

by John H. Samson, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Published on Jul. 02, 2015


by Gerene M. Denning, PhD. Karisa K. Harland, PhD, and Charles A. Jennissen, MD.

PEDIATIRICS, Vol 134, Nu 6, Dec. 2014, pg. 1094

This article is important because it points out the risk of potential fatal accidents in the use of all-terrain vehicles by pediatric age riders.

Parents must remember that children and teens do not always use the best judgement when controlling motor vehicles. Remember, you can replace the ATV but you cannot replace the child. Supervision and complete use of safety gear is especially mandatory for the pediatric age rider.

The author notes that more than half of all pediatric fatalities associated with ATV’s occurred in the 12-15-year-old children. Putting your child on an ATV is serious business. Be responsible, parents!



By Amanda L. Valdez, BS, Marcel J. Casavant, M.D., Henry A. Spiller,MS, D ABAT, Thiphalak Chounthirath, MS, Huiyun Xiang, MD, MPH, PhD and Gary A Smith MD, DrPH   PEDIATRICS, Vol 134, Nu 6, Dec 2014, pg, 1127

The authors documented significant ill effects to children exposed to laundry detergent pods. Of the 17,230 children under the age of six years who were exposed to LDP’s in 2012 – 2013, 4.4% were hospitalized and 7.5% developed moderate-to-major medical problems.  The effects were injury to the GI tract or eyes. 0.6% of the patients involved necessitated tracheal intubation , and one patient had a fatal outcome.

If LDP’s are in your house, treat them with extreme caution. Don’t leave them around where your child could encounter them. Let’s be responsible parents and protect our small children. You can’t drop your guard for a second when it comes to the little ones. They are curious and quick.

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