July, 2018
News From Cornerstone Pediatrics
A Few Words About Guns
About 1/3 of U.S. homes with children have guns. That is higher in Texas and we have repeatedly seen that ACCIDENTS HAPPEN. Last year, there were nearly 300 incidents in which a child got hold of a gun and accidentally shot him/herself or someone else.
If you have a gun in your home, make sure it is stored LOCKED and UNLOADED. Store ammunition separately. And be certain your kids can't access the gun safe.
When your child is going to another home to play, ASK the parents "Is there an unlocked gun in your house?" It's about safety-just like seat belts and car seats.
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Need Help Managing Electronic Media?
Use of electronic devices, the internet, and social media is nearly universal in pre-teens and teenagers and often a source of worry for parents. Check out this link for some tips on how to manage your child's electronic media use and how to teach online safety.
It's Summer. It's Hot.
Do NOT Leave Kids in the Car!
  • Always check the back seat before locking up the car.
  • Avoid distractions like cell phones
  • Put your purse or cell phone in the back seat so you check it before leaving your car.
  • Always LOCK your car.
Summer's Here! So are Bees and Wasps!
What To Do For Stings
First, know what an allergic reaction to a sting is. An allergic reaction involves the whole body. There can be hives, shortness of breath, fainting, coughing, wheezing, or confusion. If these occur after a sting, call 911 right away.
Localized swelling around the sting with redness and pain is NOT an allergic reaction. Treat this with cold compresses and pain relievers. You can also rub some meat tenderizer on the are to help with the pain.