Safe toy checklist
Too often, accidents involving children and toys occur and may result in eye injuries. Each year, thousands of children age 14 and younger suffer serious eye injuries, even blindness, from toys.
There are three important ways you can protect your child’s eyes from injuries while playing with toys:
- Only buy toys meant for their age.
- Show them how to use their toys safely.
- Keep an eye on them when they play.
Toy Selection Guidelines
Before you purchase a toy:
- Read all warnings and instructions on the box.
- Ask yourself if the toy is right for your child’s ability and age.
- Avoid purchasing toys with sharp or rigid points, spikes, rods, or dangerous edges.
- Check the lenses and frames of children’s sunglasses; many can break and cause injuries.
- Buy toys that will withstand impact and not break into dangerous shards.
- Look for the letters “ASTM.” This means the product meets the national safety standards set by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM).
- Avoid toys that shoot or include parts that fly off.
- Remember that BB guns are NOT toys.
Before letting children play with toys:
- Inspect toys for safe, sturdy construction.
- Explain how to use the toy.
- Fix or throw away broken toys.
- Keep young children away from toys meant for older children.
- Supervise your children while playing.
- Store toys properly after play to avoid risks or falls.
- Supervise children’s craft projects (scissors and glue can be extremely dangerous to a child’s eyesight).
- Have children wear the right eye protection for sports (face shields, helmets, eyeguards).
Get Smart About Antibiotics
Antibiotics are used to fight bacterial infections, which means they will do nothing for infections caused by viruses like: colds, the flu, most sore throats, and bronchitis. The best things you can do for viral infections are get plenty of rest and drink plenty of fluids. You can also use over the counter medications to help reduce your symptoms and allow the viral infection to run its course.
The inappropriate use of antibiotics can lead to antibacterial resistance. This happens when bacteria survive the exposure to the antibacterial drugs and grow stronger. This is dangerous and can lead to the emergence of multi-drug resistant bacterial infections.
- Do not demand antibiotics when your healthcare provider says you don’t need them
- Do not take an antibiotic for a viral infection
- Do not take antibiotics prescribed for someone else. The antibiotic may not be right for your illness. Taking the wrong medicine may delay correct treatment and allow bacteria to grow.
- Do not skip doses.
- Do not stop taking the antibiotics early unless your healthcare provider tells you to do so.
- Do not save any of the antibiotics for the next time you or your child gets sick.
HEALTH ADVISORY: CDC Warns Of Fast-Spreading Enterovirus Afflicting Children
UPDATE Apr 25, 2014: There are now 58 confirmed cases of the measles in California
A rarely seen virus is sending children to the hospital with severe respiratory infections, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning doctors and parents to be on the alert.
The CDC has confirmed that enterovirus D68 has sickened at least 19 children in Kansas City, Mo., and 11 in Chicago. Different strains of enterovirus affect 15 million people every year, but most people have mild symptoms. However, this strain (D68) is rarer and so far has been limited to upper respiratory illness, which can cause difficulty breathing and wheezing, even in children who do not have asthma.
Just like cold or flu, the illness will run its course in about a week. Parents should seek medical help if cold symptoms start to involve wheezing or difficulty breathing. Parents of children with asthma should make extra-sure that the children are taking medications and their asthma is well controlled. There’s no specific treatment and many patients will recover on their own. However, those with asthma may need additional care to stabilize their breathing patterns.
Taking basic sanitary precautions, including washing hands often with soap and water, avoiding sharing items with sick people, and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces will help reduce the spread of the virus.
Additionally, if your child has asthma and is experiencing symptoms such as a cough that does not go away, waking up at night coughing, chest congestion, or difficulty breathing and wheezing, please call QHC at (323) 635-1140 to make an appointment with your healthcare provider today! If you need help in controlling your child’s asthma, allergies or eczema, please ask your QHC healthcare provider to refer you to our Pediatric Asthma Program.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
QUEENSCARE HEALTH CENTERS RECEIVES $15,000 TO ADVANCE COMMUNITY CARE
San Francisco, CA (July 17, 2014) – Blue Shield of California Foundation announced today that it is awarding $15,000 in unrestricted funds to Queenscare Health Centers. As a longstanding ally to safety net providers across the state, the Foundation trusts that Queenscare Health Centers will put these flexible funds to their highest and best use in the service of California’s most vulnerable populations.
“Over the past eleven years, the Foundation has provided more than $60 million in core support grants to the community health centers working on the frontlines of California’s of vibrant healthcare safety net,” said Peter Long, PhD, president and CEO of Blue Shield of California Foundation. “Our continued investment in Queenscare Health Centers reinforces our confidence in their ability to respond to new challenges while continuing to provide high-quality care to low-income residents in Los Angeles County.”
The passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has created seismic shifts for the safety net and the healthcare landscape as a whole. Core operating support is vital for ensuring that organizations like Queenscare Health Centers are able to provide essential services to more than 3 million low-income patients, many of whom remain uninsured even after reform. The Foundation is proud to be a partner to California’s safety net providers through this grant, and through its other philanthropic investments in community health centers across the state.
About Blue Shield of California Foundation
Blue Shield of California Foundation is one of the state’s largest and most trusted grantmaking organizations. Our mission is to improve the lives of all Californians, particularly the underserved, by making health care accessible, effective, and affordable, and by ending domestic violence. To learn more, visit www.bluesheildcafoundation.org.
About QueensCare Health Centers
QueensCare Health Centers (QHC) currently operates a six-site network of community health centers, providing primary health and preventive services to a growing number of the medically underserved in Los Angeles County. A non-profit organization, it was founded in 1925 to care for abandoned and neglected children. Since then, QHC has grown into one of the largest, most progressive Federally Qualified Health Centers in the nation, treating all patients regardless of race, religion, ethnicity or income. For more information about QueensCare Health Centers, please visit www.QueensCareHealthCenters.org.
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HEALTH ADVISORY: 58 Measles Cases in California
UPDATE Apr 25, 2014: There are now 58 confirmed cases of the measles in California
There have been 14 cases of measles reported in California for 2014. Out of the 14 cases, three of the case patients have recently travelled to the Philippines. If you recently travelled to the Philippines and have not been vaccinated, you may be at risk of contracting the disease.
If you have not been vaccinated for measles, it is very important that you get a vaccination. All children should be immunized with two doses of the vaccine. Call us today at (323) 635-1140 to make an appointment for your vaccination.
For more information about measles, visit the CDCs website at http://www.cdc.gov/measles/.
**IMPORTANT** If you have had any known exposure to the virus, or if you have recently travelled outside of North and South America, you need to disclose this information at the time of making your appointment.