Posts By: Heather Felton, M.D.

Choosing safe gifts for kids this holiday season

Do you know what toys are safe for a child? As an adult, sometimes it’s hard to tell. A toy might not look dangerous to you, but hazards may lurk for children. In recent years, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has created a robust toy safety system, requiring testing by independent, third-party laboratories around…
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Mosquitoes can bring illness with the itching

Mosquitoes are as much a part of summertime as hot temperatures and outdoor picnics. But parents should be aware that preventing mosquito bites in children is important for their long-term health. Besides making your kids uncomfortable, mosquito bites can cause an allergic reaction in some children, resulting in welts, lesions, bruises, a burning, itching sensation…
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Put Me In Coach!

What is a sports physical? A sports physical is a comprehensive history and physical. The sports physical form comes from the Kentucky High School Athletics Association and can be found on their web site, http://khsaa.org. It has to be signed by a physician, nurse practitioner, physician’s assistant, or chiropractor (if it is within their scope of…
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Car seat safety

As a pediatrician, I’m concerned with more than your child’s health, but also their safety. Unfortunately, motor vehicle accidents are the most common cause of death in children. I often tell parents that making sure that their child is properly restrained in the car is the best thing they can do for their child’s health….
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Fireworks safety for your family

Fireworks are beautiful and fun. They are often used at celebrations and on holidays. Yet, as an advocate for children’s safety and a pediatrician, I am all too aware that accidents happen—but there are ways we can protect our children from the dangers and still enjoy our festivities. First, igniting fireworks should be left to…
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