How Too Many Halloween Treats Can Affect Your Children

It’s fun to go around shouting “trick or treat,” but managing your children’s post-Halloween treats can be rather tricky. Mass consumptions of candy are not exactly the healthiest option for anyone, let alone your growing children. 

This isn’t to say that your kids can’t enjoy their Halloween plunder. A couple treats here or there are fine, but regular amounts of sugary substances can be harmful, especially when there’s a bunch of tempting sweets hanging around in a trick or treat bag. Here are three ways candy can mess with your body.

Image of Halloween candy. Learn about the health effects of too much candy.

Back to School Immunizations: Are Your Kids Prepared?

It’s back to school season, which means you’re shopping for new notebooks and getting final appointments in before the first bell. Of course, you want to make sure that the only thing your children bring back from school is homework. 

Back to school shots will not only help your children stay healthy, but also their classmates and other members of your community. 

Dr. Chantal Dalencour explains the benefits of getting your children their immunization shots before heading back to school. Talk to a physician at Westshore to see if your child is up to date for his back to school shots. Image of smiling children sitting at desks.


Keep Your Family Safe This Summer With These Water Safety Tips

Now that the temperatures are heating up, you and your family will be looking for ways to cool down.

Cleveland has many options for beating the heat in the summer, including:

  • Boating on the lake
  • Visiting beaches on Lake Erie
  • Swimming in public and private pools 
  • Enjoying time at water parks   

Swimming is a great active family activity, but it’s important to remember these water safety tips whenever you are in or around water. 

We summarized the most helpful information shared by the Red Cross and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in the lists below. 

For additional references and resources on water safety, see our resources list at the end of this post. 

Important Water Safety Tips

Prevent Unsupervised Access to Pools & Hot Tubs

  • Install appropriate barriers around your home pool or hot tub and remove access ladders to above ground pools when not in use.
  • Add safety covers and pool alarms for extra protection.
  • Keep toys that are not in use away from the pool and out of sight. Toys can attract young children to the pool. 

Swim Safely

  • Use the buddy system! Never swim alone. Even at a public pool or lifeguarded beach.
  • Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
  • Make sure everyone in the family can swim well. Sign your kids up for swimming lessons once they are old enough. Cleveland Metroparks and the YMCA are two programs places that offer swimming lessons. 
  • Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear approved life jackets around water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.
  • Don’t drink alcohol if you are swimming or watching children in the water.
  • Watch out for rip currents. A rip current is when the water pulls you away from the shore. If you get caught in a rip current, swim along the shoreline until you are out of the current, then swim to shore. 

June is National Safety Month: Bicycle Safety Tips for Kids & Parents

Since June is National Safety Month, we decided to focus on an area you can improve right now: bicycle safety

Whether it’s you or your child hitting the streets on two wheels this summer, keep these bicycle safety tips in mind. 

image of kids riding bikes

Before Riding

  • Check your equipment. 
    • Make sure your brakes work and your tires are inflated properly.
  • Adjust your bicycle to fit. 
    • If you stand over your bicycle there should be 1-2 inches between you and the top bar (road bike) or 3-4 inches (mountain bike). 
    • The seat should be level front to back and the height should allow a slight bend of the knee when the leg is fully extended. 
    • The handlebar height should be at the same level with the seat. 
  • Wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet.

Are your kids reluctant to wear their helmet?

Boston University made a great video that is entertaining and shares useful information. 

Warning: The song may get stuck in your head…[Video 1:34]

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