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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.


A to Z: Head Injury

Learn more about head injuries (head trauma).

After a Flood: How Families Can Stay Safe

After a flood, there can be many possible dangers in and around your home. Here's how to keep kids safe.

Animal 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.

Broken Collarbone (Clavicle Fracture)

Learn about broken collarbones (or clavicle fractures), a common sports injury in kids.

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, 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.

Cardiac Arrest

Cardiac arrest is when changes in the normal electrical activity of the heart make it suddenly stop beating. Quick medical care is essential.


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.