Latest stories: Family & Kids

Button batteries leading to injury, death in small children

PHILADELPHIA – Lincoln Punch was a week old in April 2011 when his 3-year-old sister found a pair of tweezers with a tiny light attached. The girl broke open the compartment containing two button batteries that powered the light, then fed the shiny disks to the baby. Lincoln nearly died. Read more

House Call: Keys to prenatal infection prevention

In the previous column about taking care of yourself before and during pregnancy, I mentioned avoiding infections. Today’s column will cover details about infections, their potential consequences, and prevention. Influenza has been in the news a lot lately as it has caused several deaths and hundreds of hospitalizations and doctor visits in our region. Pregnant women are highly susceptible to flu and serious complications from flu. Wash hands frequently. Flu vaccine during pregnancy can protect both you and your baby because you will pass some immunity to the baby before birth. Pregnant individuals should not receive the nasal spray vaccine. Read more