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Your child's health and safety is our top priority. Please search our resource library for information on health, nutrition, fitness, injury prevention and other important topics.

Emergencies

A to Z: Head Injury

Learn more about head injuries (head trauma).

Bites and Scratches

Animal bites and scratches, even minor ones, can become infected and spread bacteria to other parts of the body, regardless of whether the animal is a family pet or a wild animal.

Buckle Fractures

A buckle or torus fracture is a type of broken bone. One side of the bone bends, raising a little buckle, without breaking the other side of the bone.

Bug Bites and Stings

Most bug bites and stings are just annoying. But some can cause infections and allergic reactions. It's important to know what to watch for, and when to get medical attention.

Burns

Burns, especially scalds from hot water and liquids, are some of the most common childhood accidents. Minor burns often can be safely treated at home, but more serious burns require medical care.

Choking

Choking is an emergency - so it's important to recognize the signs of choking and know what to do if happens.

Comminuted Fractures

A comminuted fracture is a type of broken bone. The bone is broken into more than two pieces.

Concussions

Concussions are serious injuries that can be even more serious if kids don't get the time and rest needed to heal them completely.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): Being Ready to Quarantine

Preparing for coronavirus means being ready to stay home. Here's how to do that.

CPR

Every parent should know how and when to administer CPR. Done correctly, CPR can save a child's life by restoring breathing and circulation until medical personnel arrive.