Safety at home: a guide to preventing baby and child injuries

You know that the statistics for child injuries are alarming. About 8.7 million children are treated in emergency rooms for unintentional injuries, every year. 9,000 of those kids die—from injuries that are largely preventable. As a parent, you want to protect your children from unnecessary harm at home. But for so many, child-proofing a house… Learn More »

How Pediatric Corporate Dentistry May Affect Your Child

One of the most celebrated provisions of the Affordable Care Act has been mandated coverage for pediatric dental benefits. With the expansion of Medicaid, there has also been a sizable population of newly insured children as well. Unfortunately not all dental providers will accept Medicaid and parents may have few options when choosing a pediatric… Learn More »

Prevent Childhood Injury

Harmony Miller, MPH Each year, an estimated 8.7 million children are treated in emergency rooms for unintentional injuries. 225,000 of them are hospitalized. Every day, about 2 dozen children die from their injuries. That is 9,000 preventable child deaths, every year. Unintentional injuries include those caused by suffocation, drowning, falls, motor vehicle collisions, and concussion… Learn More »

Your teenager is a terrible driver

Parental involvement is one of the most important factors in keeping teen drivers safe. But most parents assume that our teenagers are better, safer drivers than they really are. 89% of teens said they reply text message or email within five minutes even if they are driving a car, according to an AT&T survey. Consequently,… Learn More »

Come to Safe Kids Day at the Oregon Zoo

Saturday, May 4, from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., the Oregon Zoo will host the 15th Annual Safe Kids Day. Safe Kids Day is a fun and interactive safety event about preventing common childhood injuries – and it is free with zoo admission! Child safety and injury prevention are very important: accidents are the leading cause of… Learn More »

Keep kids safe on the playground

Most school-related injuries for children ages 5 to 14 happen on the playground. As schools across the country close for the summer, kids have more time to play – and more time to get injured. Safe Kids Oregon has tips for parents and caregivers to help children stay safe on the playground. Avoid playgrounds with asphalt,… Learn More »

Keeping Kids Safe Around Windows

At least 8 Oregon children have fallen from upper-story windows already this year, including a 2-year old Southeast Portland boy who fell out of a second-story window and fractured his skull.  Thousands of kids fall out of windows in the U.S. every year: the damage can be catastrophic, ranging from head injuries and internal bleeding… Learn More »