Articles

App - Hidden

Making Safe Simple

With one of the busiest pediatric emergency medicine programs in the nation and more than 90,000 ER visits annually, you can trust that we've treated just about everything. We love kids here at Children's. But we'd rather see them safe at home. That's why we've gathered safety and injury-prevention tips from our very own experts. Share these tips with your kids and print them to share at their schools or with your friends. Together, we can make safe simple.

At home

At play

On the way

Making Safe Simple - At home

Making Safe Simple: At home

Did you know that injuries are a leading cause of death in children? Each year 5,000 children die and another six million are hurt as a result of unintentional injuries. One in four children is hurt seriously enough to need medical attention. Most childhood injuries occur at home and many of these injuries could be prevented. 

Falls

  • Never leave babies unsupervised on any piece of furniture including changing tables, beds, and sofas.
  • Use safety straps and other safety features on high chairs, shopping carts, and changing tables.
  • Use safety covers or install padding on sharp corners.
  • Install window guards on all windows above the first floor.
  • Do not rely on window screens to keep children from falling out.

Poisoning

  • Review the poison prevention home checklist from the Minnesota Regional Poison Center at www.mnpoison.org.
  • Keep all potential poisons up high and out of the reach of children -- preferably in a locked storage container.
  • Keep medications and vitamins out of the reach of children.
  • Keep products in original containers. Do not use food storage containers to store poisonous substances (i.e. plant food in a drink bottle).
  • Identify all household plants to determine if poisonous.
  • Post the Poison Center phone number, 800-222-1222, near each phone in the home.

Burns

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home.
  • Set your water heater to 120 degrees.
  • Cover any unused outlets.
  • Install barriers around fireplaces and furnaces.
  • Always supervise young children in the kitchen and around electrical appliances and outlets.

Choking, suffocation and strangulation

  • Keep small objects out of reach of young children.
  • Do not let children under age 3 eat small, round, or hard foods including hot dogs, hard candy, nuts, or whole grapes.
  • Buy only age appropriate toys for your toddler.
  • Do not allow infants or toddlers to sleep on sofas, chairs, regular beds or other soft surfaces.
  • Never allow young children to play in poorly ventilated spaces such as laundry machines, car trunks, or toy chests.
  • Install only cordless window coverings.

Three steps to choosing a pediatrician

gne peds find ped

You want the very best for your child and choosing a pediatrician is an important decision. The pediatrician (a doctor that has advanced training in treating children) will partner with you to care for the health and well-being of your child for many years. Many factors go in to choosing a pediatrician and Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is here to help you through the process. The first step is to think through your priorities to find a pediatrician that is a good fit for you and your family.

Download our 3-step guide to choosing a pediatrician

Below are the top five things to consider when choosing a pediatrician.

  1. What is the doctor’s philosophy of care? Does it align with your values?
  2. Are the clinic locations convenient? (Are there options near home, work, or other important areas of your life?)
  3. Does the clinic offer conveniences that are important to you? (open hours, urgent care, same day or walk-in appointments, online access to electronic medical records, etc.)
  4. Does the clinic have an affiliation with a hospital or connect with a network of specialty care?
  5. Is the doctor and/or clinic considered “in network” for the health insurance that covers your child(ren)?

Find a pediatrician at a Children’s affiliated clinic near you

Minneapolis


St. Paul


Northwest Metro


Northeast Metro


South Metro

Making Safe Simple - At play

Making Safe Simple: At play

Did you know that injuries are a leading cause of death in children? Each year 5,000 children die and another six million are hurt as a result of unintentional injuries. One in four children is hurt seriously enough to need medical attention. Most childhood injuries occur at home and many of these injuries could be prevented. 

Playgrounds

  • Always supervise children at playgrounds. 
  • Make sure playground equipment is age appropriate. Since 1994, manufacturers are required to have a sticker placed on each piece of equipment indicating the appropriate age group for which it was designed. 
  • Be sure surfaces under playground equipment are soft enough to absorb falls. 
  • Make sure equipment is specifically designed for playground use.

Poisoning

  • Review the poison prevention home checklist from the Minnesota Regional Poison Center at www.mnpoison.org.
  • Keep all potential poisons up high and out of the reach of children -- preferably in a locked storage container.
  • Keep medications and vitamins out of the reach of children.
  • Keep products in original containers. Do not use food storage containers to store poisonous substances (i.e. plant food in a drink bottle).
  • Identify all household plants to determine if poisonous.
  • Post the Poison Center phone number, 800-222-1222, near each phone in the home.

Burns

  • Install smoke alarms on every level of your home.
  • Set your water heater to 120 degrees.
  • Cover any unused outlets.
  • Install barriers around fireplaces and furnaces.
  • Always supervise young children in the kitchen and around electrical appliances and outlets.

Choking, suffocation and strangulation

  • Keep small objects out of reach of young children.
  • Do not let children under age 3 eat small, round, or hard foods including hot dogs, hard candy, nuts, or whole grapes.
  • Buy only age appropriate toys for your toddler.
  • Do not allow infants or toddlers to sleep on sofas, chairs, regular beds or other soft surfaces.
  • Never allow young children to play in poorly ventilated spaces such as laundry machines, car trunks, or toy chests.
  • Install only cordless window coverings.

Project M

Project M headline goes here

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Cras placerat libero eu aliquam interdum. Quisque elementum ullamcorper semper. Nam semper nunc quam, quis scelerisque lacus scelerisque vitae. Vestibulum vulputate, erat in fermentum pretium, dolor tellus blandit.

Integer dapibus porta nisl eget maximus. Aliquam dui ipsum, commodo blandit varius at, volutpat ut nibh. Sed elementum lectus quis dolor placerat, sit amet maximus libero consectetur.

Questions about your care? 
Call Children's Helpline:
XXX-XXX-XXXX

Questions about your coverage? 
Ipsum Lorem Customer Service: XXX-XXX-XXXX


Fusce porttitor lectus sed nunc rutrum, ac sollicitudin erat aliquet. Aenean at felis odio. Cum sociis natoque penatibus et magnis dis parturient montes, nascetur ridiculus mus. Praesent id rhoncus ante. Duis accumsan nisl id massa imperdiet dictum.

Class aptent taciti sociosqu ad litora torquent per conubia nostra, per inceptos himenaeos. Mauris feugiat volutpat cursus. Nunc sed dolor eu nunc consectetur faucibus.

Status Update as of October XX

Class aptent taciti sociosqu ad litora torquent per conubia nostra, per inceptos himenaeos. Mauris feugiat volutpat cursus. Nunc sed dolor eu nunc consectetur faucibus.

Duis pretium felis ac orci convallis mollis. Donec massa leo, semper id faucibus id, dignissim at felis. Donec commodo maximus orci, nec mollis sem imperdiet vel.

Duis pretium felis ac orci convallis mollis. Donec massa leo, semper id faucibus id, dignissim at felis. Donec commodo maximus orci, nec mollis sem imperdiet vel.