Category Archives: children

Defining DMD, The Most Common Form Of Muscular Dystrophy

September 6th, 2022
September marks National Muscular Dystrophy Awareness Month. The term “muscular dystrophy” refers to a group of more than 30 genetic diseases characterized by progressive muscle weakness and the degeneration of the skeletal muscles that control movement. The focus of this blog, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy ( DMD), is the most common and most severe form. On Wednesday (September 7), people around the world will raise awareness through World Duchenne Awareness Day (WDAD). For the past six years, Jett Foundation has hosted…

Caring For Children’s Eyes

August 3rd, 2022
Your baby’s vision at birth is limited but develops progressively during the growth process. While developing, your child’s vision is vulnerable to eye diseases. Untreated, vision disorders can interfere with your child’s ability to learn and play, and can lead to headaches, eyestrain and fatigue. August is Children’s Eye Health and Safety Month, a time to concentrate on the well-being of our children’s eyes as they head back to school. There are many conditions and diseases that can affect a…

If You Drink This Holiday Season, Don’t Even Think About Driving

December 13th, 2021
Each year, more than 10,000 people, about 1,000 of them children, lose their lives on America’s roadways due to drunk driving. That’s about 1/3 of all traffic-related deaths. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, drinking and driving kills nearly 30 people every day in the US or about one person every 50 minutes. Car accidents involving intoxicated drivers happen even more often during the holidays, when social binge-drinking is more accepted and prevalent. Increased drinking at…

Select Safe Toys And Gifts This Holiday Season

December 3rd, 2021
December is a month of multiple religious and cultural celebrations. A tradition common to these celebrations is the giving of gifts to our loved ones, particularly our children. We all want to make our kids happy this holiday season. But before you give them that toy they’ve been asking for, make sure it’s safe. That’s the message of National Safe Toys and Gifts Month. The US Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) has established strict toy safety guidelines that include rigorous…

SIDS: A Silent Killer

October 28th, 2021
October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) Awareness Month. Want to learn more about SIDS? Read on. First of all, SIDS is the name given to the sudden, unexpected and unexplained death of a seemingly healthy baby less than 1 year old. SIDS is sometimes called crib death because it usually occurs when babies are asleep in their cribs. SIDS is a silent killer. About 2,300 babies die of SIDS each year in the US. It is the most common…

Catching Up On Children’s Eye Health

August 10th, 2021
Newborns can see colors and objects up to 12 inches away, and their vision gets progressively sharper as they get older. By the time they reach school age, children should possess clear, comfortable vision at all distances. But problems can develop as your child’s vision matures. Most childhood vision problems emerge between 18 months and 4 years old. The most common vision problems affecting children are refractive errors, amblyopia and strabismus. Refractive errors occur when the eye can’t focus light…

Common ENT Disorders

February 15th, 2021
According to the American Academy of Otolayrngology’s Division of Head and Neck Surgery, ear, nose, and throat disorders are one of the main reasons children see a physician, and ear infections rank as the number one reason. February is Kids ENT Health Month, so this blog reviews a few of the more common ENT disorders that affect children. Just about every child will experience an ear infection at some point. My child was no exception; he had his share. Acute…

Children’s Dental Health: Starting Off Strong

February 10th, 2021
Children have 20 baby, or primary, teeth – 10 on the top and 10 on the bottom. The primary teeth begin to come in at around 6 months of age, and by the time your child is 2 to 3 years old, all of the primary teeth should have come in. On the flip side, most adults have 32 permanent teeth, including four wisdom teeth, which are often removed for lack of space in the mouth. Primary teeth are technically…

Be Aware of Birth Defects

January 6th, 2021
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, birth defects affect one in every 33 babies born in the US, which is about 3 percent of all babies. The CDC also reports that birth defects are the leading cause of infant death in the US, accounting for 20 percent of all infant deaths. This blog takes a closer look at birth defects and offers a few strategies to prevent them. A birth defect is a problem that forms when…

Conquering Childhood Cancer

September 15th, 2020
Childhood Cancer Awareness Month is observed every September by cancer organizations around the globe. According to the American Cancer Society, just over 11,000 children under the age of 15 will be diagnosed with cancer in 2020, and about 1,190 children are expected to die from it. After accidents, cancer is the second leading cause of death in children ages 1 to 14. The most common cancers in children are not the same as the cancers seen most often in adults.…