Dr. Gwenn on NECN

I had the opportunity to talk this morning on NECN. Today's topics: the recent measles outbreak, measles vaccination and autism, and a recent study on the importance of maternal depression screening during routine pediatric visits. Click here to view the interviewFor more information on the topics covered:MMR vaccine and autismMass DPH measles outbreak alert informationAAP Maternal Depression … [Read more...]

Take the Sun Challenge

Think you know all there is about sun exposure safety and sunblock use? I did - until I took the take the sun protection quiz Yahoo! just posted - it is quite illuminating! Only 8 true/false questions. Go ahead - give it a try! The actual answers may surprise you. Of course, the best way to teach your kids about sun safety is by setting a good example ourselves despite our pasts. Let's face it, … [Read more...]

Amusement Park Safety

If your kids are like mine, they love to go to amusement parks - and some of our fondest family memories center around Disney and Universal Parks, Six Flags and even state fairs. At the same time, the nature of many rides and the expanse of crowds also make these venues more dangerous than you may be aware of.Amusement park rides are typically safe but the speed, force and thrill factors do put … [Read more...]

Safety Alert: Spa Pool Drain Dangers to Kids

Anything unusual about this inground spa pool? Check out the drain on the bottom - it is called an antivortex cover and it saves lives; the lack of it almost claimed the life of a 7 year old florida boy recently.Antivortex covers are inexpensive, around $25, and encouraged by law in many states, including Floriday. Unfortunately, many families, like the Chernin family, were unaware they were … [Read more...]

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