Thursday, January 30, 2014

Tomorrow, Friday January 31st at 9:00 pm Central Time, ABC's 20/20 program with Diane Sawyer has a special titled "Young Guns".  The program will look at how safe children are with a gun in the home.  Whether you own a gun or there is a possibility of a neighbor, friend or acquaintance owning a gun, we believe this program is important for parents to watch.

Romina Gieseman, CPNP

PHA Nurse Practitioner Romina Gieseman will present a free obesity and nutrition presentation on Wednesday, February 5th from 5:00-6:00 pm at:
Western Trails Elementary School
860 Idaho Street
Carol Stream
All are welcome to attend.

From the desk of Nurse Practitioner Erica Jannisch

Erica Jannisch, CPNP
As parents, we are busy.   We are frequently in and out of stores.  We place our children in a shopping cart, thinking they will be safe and contained.    Most of us are unaware of the dangers related to that cart.   It is frightening to find that shopping carts send 66 kids to ER each day.  In fact the rates of cart-related concussions are on the upswing. 

The bulk of the injuries occur from falls out of shopping carts, followed by running into a cart or carts tipping over.    Some carts will tip over a child with as little as ten pounds of pressure. A toddler standing up in a shopping cart or a wiggly baby reaching for something bright and colorful on the shelf can easily cause a fall that results in serious injury.   Children’s center of gravity is high, their heads are heavy and they don’t have enough arm strength to break their fall.   These are all life-threatening injuries, but the good news is that they are completely preventable.

Here are a few helpful hints when shopping with your children:

  • Whenever possible, keep your baby, especially those in an infant carrier in their stroller or in a front-pack carrier.
  • Always use the shopping carts straps. If you come across a broken strap, choose another cart.
  • Make sure your child remains seated. It is easy to get sidetracked with your shopping list, but remember your child’s safety is your first priority.
  • Never leave your child unattended in the seat. It can be easy to move away from the cart to find that special ingredient, but remember to have your child close at all times. Try bringing a toy for your child to concentrate on while in the cart.
  • Our kids gravitate to the fun carts-the carts shaped as cars or animals. These are the safest options since they are low to the ground.


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