About 1 in 6 (17%) children in the United States has obesity. Certain groups of children are more affected than others. National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month provides a chance for all of us to learn more about this serious health condition. While there is no simple solution, there are many ways communities can support children with their journey to good health.Read More
As a child, I was an easy mark for playground torments: smart, insufferably rule-abiding, decidedly unpretty. The tormenter I remember most distinctly was not my first bully, nor my last, but his attacks would turn the others into footnotes.
He was in my class for years; his mom was my softball coach, driving me to and from practice when my single mother could not.Read More
Make sure your vaccine records are up to date!Read More
Given the growing national shortage of epinephrine auto-injectors it behooves school nurses to start making plans regarding how their districts will address and respond not only now, but if the shortage continues into the next school year.Read More
The rate of teen suicide has steadily increased since 2005. Among youth ages 15-24 years old, suicide is the second leading cause of death. A ripple effect of needs is created when a teenage suicide death occurs. Responding appropriately is critical to ensuring that everyone affected—family, friends and the school community—receives the right type and amount of support.Read More
School nurses are heroes to the more than 50 million children in our nation’s schools, and it is highly likely that more people interact with a school nurse than any other nursing specialist.Read More
School tragedies such as the recent shooting in Parkland, Florida affect us all. Here are some helpful resources to help in dealing with the trauma.Read More
Has this happened at your house? “Mom? Dad? I don’t feel good. I want to stay home from school." And your reaction is, “What, AGAIN?”
It’s hard to know when children should go to school and when they should stay home – and a chronic health condition like asthma can make that decision even harder.Read More
Every day, hundreds of children are taken to emergency rooms with burn injuries.
Learn how you can prevent injuries from fires, scalds, electrical sources and other risks in the home.
- Electrical safety
- Fire safety
- Home safety
- Scald safety
Children are at greater risk for frostbite than adults are. Because of their greater surface area children lose heat from their skin more rapidly than adults do. Parents can help prevent frostbite by dressing their child(ren) in layers and covering all body parts from exposure to the cold by wearing hats, scarves, and mittens.Read More
Wisconsin schools, bracing for the next mass shooting, are turning to gunshot-detecting sensors that police across the country rely on, hoping the technology will lead to faster response times when there's an active shooter.Read More