From conception and design through to production, safety is built into every aspect of every toy before it reaches store shelves – and the hands of children. With about 3 billion toys sold in the U.S. each year (and new toys invented all the time), the toy community is committed to working with pediatricians and other medical professionals, government, consumer groups, and child development experts in the continual review and revision of our country’s most important toy safety standard – ASTM F963, Standard Consumer Safety Specification on Toy Safety.
Influenza is a relatively common, usually self-limited and seasonal illness. The influenza season this year has seen quite an impact on multiple populations throughout various parts of the United States. The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has reported that 2018 in particular has been one of the worst in recent history. As we see the confluence of our peak respiratory season for infants, children and teenagers merge with this influenza epidemic, we thought it appropriate to review influenza facts, tips and recommendations.
Kiesha Fraser Doh, MD
Assistant Professor of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Emory University
Two years ago one of my colleagues sent a reminder that June 21st is ASK day and that we clinicians should support this day as Pediatric Emergency Medicine Physicians. ASK (Asking Saves Kids) is a day that the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence have promoted to encourage parents to ask about the presence of unlocked guns in the homes where their children play. ASK day is held annually on the first day of summer, a season where children spend a lot of time in the homes of others. As a PEM Physician I am very cognizant of safety. I ensure that my children are always buckled into car seats with whomever drives them, I ask about swimming pools and pets when they visit others homes and ensure that grandparents medicines are put up when we visit. But I had never asked about the presence of unlocked guns in the homes my children visited. I embarked with trepidation and asked the parent of my son’s best friend. After I completed this uncomfortable conversation I began to reflect if this was a difficult conversation for me a pediatric emergency medicine physician who has seen multiple children harmed by firearms imagine the difficulty for other parents without a similar perspective.
Jenny Sanders, MD
The road to success isn’t always straight. Some of the greatest minds and talents in recent history had their share of struggles. Albert Einstein was slow to speak and difficulties in school; Michael Jordan was cut from his Varsity basketball team; Steve Jobs was fired from his own company. Medic al trainees may also struggle to meet various standards of performance across one or more clinical competencies. Identifying the problem resident/fellow and formulating an organized approach to remediation can be a struggle.