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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.

Outdoor Safety

All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) Safety

ATVs are off-road vehicles often used for recreation. But kids 16 and younger shouldn't ride them. Find out why, and more, here.

Are Insect Repellents With DEET Safe for Kids?

Find out what the experts have to say.

Bee, Wasp, and Ant Stings

Bee, wasp, and ant stings can cause temporary discomfort and pain, but most don’t lead to serious or lasting health problems.

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.

Cold, Ice, and Snow Safety

Winter isn't a time to just stay indoors and wait for spring. Follow these tips to keep safe outdoors in cold weather.

Drowning Prevention

Drowning is a leading cause of death in children and teens. It happens fast and is usually silent. Here's how parents can help prevent drowning.

Fireworks Safety

Before your family celebrates a holiday, make sure everyone knows about fireworks safety.

First Aid: Heat Illness

In hot weather, a child's internal temperature can rise and cause heat exhaustion, which can progress to heatstroke if not treated quickly.

First Aid: Insect Stings and Bites

Being stung by a bug is often just irritating and doesn't require medical treatment. But kids who are highly allergic to stings may need emergency medical care.

First Aid: Poison Ivy/Oak/Sumac

Mild rashes from poison ivy, oak, and sumac plants can be treated at home. But severe and widespread rashes require medical treatment.