Local pediatrician warns parents about measles with cases on the rise nationwide
A Jacksonville pediatrician said Jacksonville is fortunate because measles is one of the more reportable diseases. But they say that doesn’t mean we can slack off on immunizations because nationally we are seeing more cases.
Local program takes ‘whole family approach’ to leveling playing field for students
Episcopal Children’s Services is trying to close the gap for minority students when it comes to reading. The organization starts working with babies, encouraging qualified families to enroll in quality early education programs.
Run for free ice cream!
Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech teaches children who are deaf or hard of hearing to listen and talk. The Kilwins Jacksonville Ice Cream Run benefits the local programs and services for children age birth to 7. The Kilwins run was started ten years ago by Dana and Vance Stallings to honor their daughter, Haley, who attended Clarke. All of the money raised for the 5K/1 mile walk-run benefits the local campus, and is the school’s biggest annual fundraising event. Also known as the Coolest Family-Friendly Event in North Florida because all participants are rewarded with all-you-can-eat ice cream at the finish!
Columbia County children found safe, parents facing charges after Amber Alert issued
After a Florida Amber Alert was issued Wednesday evening for two children last seen in Lake City, authorities announced Thursday that the children had been found safe and their biological parents had been taken into custody.
Get your kids into a healthy sleep routine
Consumer Reports has some ideas that could help your kids sleep better during these uncertain times. Consumer Reports says a key to good sleep is the same for kids and adults. Set a sleep routine, which means going to bed and getting up at about the same time each day. It can boost the effect of sleep hormones like melatonin, especially if it’s done in bright daylight in the morning! Blue light from screens can slow the production of your natural sleep hormones.
Volunteers with WithLove Charity drop off toys for children with life-threatening illnesses
Volunteers with WithLove Charity on Monday dropped off toys for children with life-threatening illnesses at Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Nemours and the Ronald McDonald House. JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Volunteers with WithLove Charity on Monday dropped off toys for children with life-threatening illnesses at Wolfson Children’s Hospital, Nemours and the Ronald McDonald House. Each year for the last eight years, the nonprofit has thrown a party to go with it but couldn’t this year because of COVID-19 concerns. Still, WithLove Charity founder Taylor Scheibe, who is a cancer survivor herself, said she wanted to brighten the day of the children getting treatment. “So for me, it’s most important to make sure these kids realize that they’re still kids, they’re so loved and they’re surrounded by so much support during this hard journey.”The organization’s next event is Valentine’s Day.
Report: COVID infections among Florida children rising but hospitalizations remain low
Of those pediatric infections, state records show 975 have been hospitalized at some point, or roughly 1% of all children who have tested positive for the virus. Those pediatric hospitalizations are significantly smaller than the more than 56,000 adults who have been admitted for COVID-related complications. Ron DeSantis announced that schools would remain open despite COVID-19 infections rising statewide. Statewide data indicates the number of weekly pediatric infections dropped in early September as schools resumed in-person learning but began rising again in late November. Of the 18,994 Florida residents who have died from coronavirus, 9 were children, state records show.
These clues can help you determine if your child might need glasses
If you’ve noticed your child is having a hard time concentrating at school or frequently has headaches at the end of the day, did you know poor eyesight may be to blame? An estimated 20% of children develop a refractive error – a type of eye problem that results in blurry vision – requiring glasses by adolescence. “When the eyes do not see the same exact image, they cannot give the image to the brain correctly. “As an infant and young child, a light is used to see the red reflex to make sure it is equal,” she said. A pediatrician can determine whether a child should see an eye specialist for a comprehensive eye exam.
CDC will alert doctors to look out for syndrome in children that could be related to coronavirus
An informal panel of pediatricians organized by Boston Children's Hospital have dubbed the mysterious illness "Pediatric Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome Potentially Associated with COVID-19." Doctors will be asked to report cases to state and local health departments so that the CDC can learn about the syndrome. And Boston Children's Hospital spokeswoman Erin Tornatore told CNN Tuesday two children with the syndrome were hospitalized there, but neither was in intensive care. Dr. Jeffrey Burns, chief of critical care medicine at Boston Children's Hospital, coordinates the panel. Some children have only needed supportive care,” Boston Children’s Hospital said on its website.
All your favorite children’s books, reimagined for the age of COVID
A mother of two mindlessly picked up a paintbrush in late March, and started painting the cover of one of the books she had read to her children earlier in the day -- and said she incorporated some “cartoonified” coronavirus themes, to try to make the situation less scary.
Families gather at State Capitol to remember missing children
Families gather at State Capitol to remember missing childrenPublished: November 22, 2019, 11:18 pmTALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Each year at this time, families of missing children gather at the State Capitol, many knowing they’ll likely never see their loved ones again.
Outdoor play time can enhance children's sleep
According to NWF Guide, young children and teens are losing anywhere from 10 to 14 hours of sleep a week. Research also demonstrates that natural, green settings are relaxing and calming for children, and yield other cognitive benefits. "More play time in natural settings can help kids get a high-quality night's sleep." To foster awareness and healthier amounts of pillow time, the NWF guide "Green Time for Sleep Time" offers parents helpful advice about improving sleeping habits by exposing children to more outdoor play time every day. NWF's parents guide advocates trimming down children's consumption of electronic entertainment and balancing it with some outdoor play time every day.