Posts Tagged ‘Dr. Ben Hoffman’

Safe sleep tips

I remember running into the Emergency Room and seeing nothing but tears: tears from the nurses and staff, tears from a distraught mother, and then tears clouding my own vision when I saw the lifeless form of the 6-month-old boy. I was as close with his family as I had been with any family as their pediatrician. I was present at his birth, provided his well-child care and cared for his sister through an illness … Read More

With Pokémon, not everything’s a ‘go’

Do your kids have Pokémania? Parents have a lot of questions about Pokémon GO, the latest augmented reality gaming sensation. With some headlines touting the benefits of the game and others bemoaning its risks, it can be difficult to dispel what’s best for you and your kids. Below, OHSU Doernbecher Tom Sargent Safety Center Director Dr. Ben Hoffman shares some safety tips and considerations for kids and grown-ups alike. Be aware of physical boundaries One … Read More

Preventing window falls: Tips to keep kids safe

Pediatricians often think of springtime as the beginning of “falling season.” Every year, 3,300 children younger than 6 fall from windows, according to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission. Approximately eight of these falls will result in death. In support of National Window Safety Week — April 3 to 9 — the Tom Sargent Safety Center at OHSU Doernbecher Children’s Hospital is sharing tips to prevent window falls: Install it. Screens are not strong enough to … Read More

Getting home safely

After finishing up clinic on a Monday evening at about 5:30, I headed over to the pharmacy to pick up a prescription. As I passed through the drop-off circle on the way to the Physician’s Pavilion, I noted a new family wrestling with their car safety seat – the father pulling straps while the mother sat in the back with their newborn. I could see the frustration on both of their faces, exhausted from the … Read More

Get smart, stay safe: a back-to-school checklist

Lunchbox? Check. School supplies purchased? Check. Perfect first-day-of-school outfit planned? Check. Back-to-school season is, once again, upon us. Below, we share a few important health and safety tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics and Dr. Ben Hoffman, director of our Tom Sargent Children’s Safety Center. Add these to your back-to-school list! Update your child’s vaccinations: Oregon state law requires immunization records for children attending public and private schools, preschools, childcare facilities and Head Start … Read More

Summer water safety

As the temperatures climb into the 90s and above, many of us will be heading out to our favorite swimming spots to cool down. Every warm weekend, however, it seems we hear tragic stories of drowning and other water related incidents. Here are some tips you can use to help protect your kids in the water. Water Safety at Home: Remember that for younger kids, water is always a risk. Toddlers are pretty top heavy, … Read More

Q: My son’s backpack seems really heavy. What can I do to make sure it’s not hurting him?

A: While books and backpacks are an inevitable part of school days, carrying one shouldn’t hurt. A backpack should weigh no more than 10 percent to 20 percent of your child’s weight. For example, if your child weighs 50 pounds, the backpack should weigh no more than 10 pounds. The backpack’s straps should be wide enough so they don’t cut into your child’s shoulders, and the straps should be worn on both shoulders. The backpack should also … Read More

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