Tips to be Safe for Kids When going by School Bus

Here is how to teach school bus safety for childrens:

School Bus Risks

The kids tend to be more impulsive and so they’re more like to dart into the street to catch the school bus and also they’re shorter, so drivers have a hard time seeing them and they have a hard to seeing drivers and cars, so you need to be really careful ad talk to your children about school bus safety.

Teaching Children Safety

One of the first things to remember is to have an adult walk your child to and from the school bus stop until they’re about age ten and better able to handle the unexpected dangers that could come up on the road.

The next tip is to have your child step back away from the curb about three big steps when the school bus approaches until it comes to a complete and full stop.

The next thing to remember – and this is a very important tip – is to remind your child to never ever bend down to go get something that he or she has dropped near the school bus. They need to stay away from the tires, stay away from the moving vehicle, and if they do drop something, have an adult go and get it for them.

Set an Example

The other thing to remember is to teach your child to stop look and listen before crossing the street. Look both ways, and listen for any traffic that’s coming.

Another important tip to remember is to set a good example. Sometimes, we’ve all been there, we want to cross in the middle of the street and do a little j-walking, but make sure you teach your child to cross at the corner and obey all traffic signals.

What to Look for When Buying Baby’s Shoes

+ Choose a breathable, lightweight material. Soft leather or cloth is best. Avoid stiff leather shoes, which can hinder foot development, and synthetics, which don’t breathe.

+ Bend the soles. They should be flexible and gripping, not smooth and stiff. A nonskid rubber sole with ridges will offer good traction.

+ Check the fit. Have your child try on the shoes and stand up. There should be just enough room to squeeze your pinky between your child’s heel and the heel of the shoe, and a full thumb-width between the end of your child’s longest toe and the front of the shoe. The shoe should provide just enough wiggle room without being too big. Because baby feet grow quickly, it’s a good idea to check every month to make sure the shoes still fit.

+ Give it a squeeze. If the shoe is made of soft fabric, try to grab some of the material on the top of the foot when your child is wearing them. If you can’t, the shoes might be too tight.

+ Shop later in the day. Babies’ feet swell and are often bigger at the end of the day. Shoes purchased in the morning might feel tight in the evening.

+ Look for problem spots. Your baby’s shoes shouldn’t need any breaking in. Let your child toddle around indoors wearing the shoes, then take them off and look for any irritated areas on your child’s foot.

+ Make the choice: laces versus Velcro. Velcro fasteners make it easier to get shoes on and off, and you won’t have to worry about retying laces all day. But a child may figure out how to remove his shoes and take them off when you wish he wouldn’t! If you choose shoes with laces, make sure they’re long enough to tie into double knots, so they won’t come undone as often.

Kids Health

The random playground running and screaming is an excellent start to getting a child to exercise. Normal playgrounds antics such as playing tag or tossing a ball will get a child physically fit as well as contribute to muscle growth and while enhancing both fine and gross motor skills. Games that are played on playground or in open field tend to have more physical action and a higher level of energy is needed to participate.

When a child is developing physically, mentally and emotionally they need a good source of energy and plenty of fluids. All diets are not created equally. The proper nutrition that is specifically tailored to kid’s health requirements is a diet of fruits, vegetables and whole grains with some yummy favorites added in as an occasional treat. What your kid’s are eating today is definitely going to have an impact on your kid’s health in the future.

When thinking about Kid’s Health and consider the numerous ways to foster good health it is important to get back to the basics. Try to think back to when you were a kid’s and the activities that you and your friend or siblings used to do. Perhaps as a child you had to walk a mile uphill barefoot in the snow to the school bus or help your parents on the family farm. In today’s society the opportunities of physical fitness do not readily present themselves for taking care our health and as a role model being concerned about your kid’s health it is a challenge to meet the needs of everyone all the time, however with minimal effort and a lot of creativity it can be done.

Eight Steps to Protect Baby’s Skin

Children’s skin is very sensitive, so taking good care of your children’s skin can help prevent some skin problems and alert you to potential concerns in a timely manner so that you can notify your child’s doctor. Teaching your children to take care of their skin by practicing good habits when they are young can help them develop healthy hygiene practices they can carry into their teen years and beyond.

Step 1

Help young children wash their hands before eating and after using the bathroom. Lather soap over your child’s hands with warm water and remember to rub under their nails.

Step 2

Use gentle soaps to wash your child’s body. Choose products that are free of fragrances and dyes, as these ingredients can dry out or irritate young children’s sensitive skin.

Step 3

Rub soap into a soft washcloth when bathing a baby and move from the head down, paying close attention to your baby’s face, behind his ears and in between his skin folds.

Step 4

Wash young infants a few times a week and check their groin area, face and folds for dirt or oil. Babies do not need baths every day or every other day until they begin crawling around and eating solid foods, explain Laura A. Jana, M.D., and Jennifer Shu, M.D.

Step 5

Apply a moisturizing, unscented lotion to your child’s skin if it gets dry, scaly or itchy. Gently massage the lotion into her body and do not apply lotion to infants’ hands since they tend to put them in their mouths.

Step 6

Monitor your baby’s thighs, bottom and genitals for signs of diaper rash. Powder your baby when changing his diaper to soak up excess moisture and apply a diaper rash cream as needed.

Step 7

Cover your child’s skin with sunscreen that has a sun protection factor of 30 or higher before taking him outside, even on cloudy days to prevent sunburn, recommends the American Academy of Dermatology.

Step 8

Cover cuts, scrapes and other open sores with a sterile bandage or gauze to prevent bacteria and dirt from getting into the wound, which could lead to infection. Apply antibiotic cream to promote healing and change the bandage at least once a day until the wound heals completely.

Helping Child with Good Sleep

Children who have mental health disorders or are in foster care often have more problems in sleeping. Sleeping in a strange bed and strange home contributes to this, but in many cases, a child in foster care who has sleep problems may be having intrusive or bad dreams. Or, they have had a pattern of bad dreams in the past, and they resist and fear going to sleep. In some cases, their medication may be interfering with sleep. If you suspect this, check with the child’s doctor. While there are medications available to help children to sleep, but even these are not always 100% effective.

In most cases, the child’s sleep difficulties are behaviorally based. The child has gotten into a successful habit of avoiding going to bed, or getting up in the middle of the night to play. As such, the child needs to have a strong adult who can be self-disciplined in using a set sleep protocol with the child. Caregivers need to work hard at helping children with sleep disorders to get to sleep and stay asleep. The key, of course, is consistency. I’m not talking just the usual consistency, but super consistency, 99.9% consistency and adherence in following the sleep protocol.

* Be ready to use this protocol for at least one year, or until the child has had a positive sleep pattern for three months before easing any of the steps.

*     Establish the bedtime and always, always keep the bedtime the same. This means NO changes, even for “special events” or summertime. Due to summer daylight issues, set the time at whatever nightfall is in the summertime. Really. Same bedtime every night.

*    Establish a set bedtime routine: bath, snack, quiet time, potty time, story, prayer, and tuck in.

*    Be sure to have a nightlight on in the child’s room.

*    After following the bedtime routine, LEAVE the room. If the child comes out of the room, take their hand, walk them back to bed, and say this (and only this) in a calm voice: “It is time for you to go to sleep.” Turn and leave the room as you did the first time. DO THIS THE EXACT SAME WAY EVERY TIME THE CHILD COMES OUT OF THEIR ROOM. (Yes, it might be well over 300 times.) Over time, you will have to do this less and less. You might track how many times you do this nightly in order to get encouragement in seeing the progress.

*  With older children, you can have them go to their room at bedtime and have 30 minutes of lights on quiet activity before lights out. You can also tell an older child that if they do not cooperate with staying in their room and going to sleep, bedtime will be 30 minutes later for each infraction tomorrow night.

*    If you hear the child awake, or up playing in their room, don’t intrude. Only act if they come out of the room.

*    Limit the toys in the child’s bedroom, especially the more complex and interesting toys. One or two cuddle toys, or a few story books are o.k., but put the construction toys, battery operated toys, and action figures in some other place.

*    DO NOT allow the child to sleep in any bed other than their own, unless you are not really serious about curing their sleep problem. While some families have a tradition of children sleeping in the same bed, or children sleeping with adults in the ‘family bed’, this is bad practice for foster children, due to liability issues, health issues, and from a behavioral standpoint. It creates secondary behavior problems unnecessarily.

*    Do not be discouraged by the child’s resistance. The child may cry, scream, tantrum, or have a stress episode. Other than a stress episode, all else is manipulation to get you to give in and alter the routine. If you do, even in a little way, and just once, you will have to start all over again. I hate to sound smug, but if this is not working, it’s because YOU are not following the protocol EXACTLY as you see here.