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ERs Attract Kids With Mental Problems

A number of emergency room visits are for mental reasons. Credit: Corbis
Give kids access to mental health services, and they still bring their psychological problems to the emergency room.
The Wall Street Journal reports...
At least 71 percent of the kids who came to the E.R. with psychological problems already had their own mental health provider.

Bizarre Emergency Room Injuries, the Sequel

Hey, kids -- don't ride on a sled being pulled by an ATV. Credit: Randy Faris, Corbis
In January we brought you a list of bizarre emergency room injuries. Guess what? We've got more! A quick refresher on where these tales of E.R. woes come...
Think your kids are accident prone? This list should make you feel a bit better.

Babies Facing Car Seat Injuries for Accidents Outside of the Car, Study Shows

Keep car seats in the car. Credit: Getty Images
You know the importance of buckling up your babies each time you load them up in the car, but car seats might not be safe everywhere. New research shows almost 9,000 infants are sent to the...

Bizarre Emergency Room Injuries

Who's to blame for these strange accidents? Credit: Sismoon, Flickr The South Florida Sun Sentinel recently posted a database of more than 347,000 injuries as reported by emergency rooms across the country (we discovered it at Deadspin.com)....

Making Sick Days Better

It happens to every mom. On the day you're giving a presentation or attending an important event, your child says, Mommy, my tummy feels funny. One memorable morning I was dressing for a meeting when first-grader James announced that he was...

Vicks VapoRub Harmful To Infants

OK, this is kind of creepy. I am part of a parent exchange group that regularly emails ideas, etc. on the web. A recent conversation thread has centered on Vicks VapoRub, which we all decided was harmful to use on our children. Now, a new report is...

Study Finds Children Overmedicated on Purpose

It sounds like an episode from CSI. In fact, if I recall correctly, it was an episode of CSI. A child meets an untimely end due to being overmedicated with cough syrup. Why? The parents wanted her to calm down or be quiet or some such thing. It...

Naomi Campbell ready for motherhood

(Click the photo to find out which celebs should never be parents) Dear heavens, save us all. Naomi Campbell is ready to be a mother. The supermodel with a well-established problem of violent behavior recently came clean about her close call in the...

Eight-year-old swallows magnets and steel balls

No, this isn't something out of a circus side show. An eight-year-old girl from Indiana swallowed a combined total of 30 magnets and steel balls from a toy. The toys parts tore her intestines and doctors are saying she is lucky to be alive. Haley...

How to help the medicine go down

In the very early hours of Monday morning, Ellie woke up in pain. It seems that after a week of sniffles and coughing, she had developed an ear infection. I tried my best to make her comfortable enough to get through the night, but it wasn't...

Peanuts vs tree nuts (hint: one is a legume)

If anyone had bothered to ask me about the possibility of this I could've settled the matter way before Reuters decided to pick it up. According to a recent article on the Reuters online site, children's (heck, anyone's) allergic reactions to...

Harry Potter reduces ER visits nationwide

Just how popular are those Harry Potter books? The novels sell millions of copies of the weekend after they're released, and according to a study British researchers conducted in 2005, that figure directly correlates to a reduced number of emergency...

How much do you tell your kids?

Wednesday night, I broke our family rule -- I caused us to exceed one visit to the emergency room per year. This was, in fact, our third so far this year. I was in the kitchen when the floor suddenly dropped about two feet. I gasped, thinking it was...

Online healthcare for kids being studied

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Service reports that in 2004, 28% of all children under the age of six used the emergency room and over half of those visits weren't for actual emergencies. Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, a health insurer, is...

The monkey bars claim another victim

Today, when my phone rang and the caller i.d. indicated it was Ellie's school calling, I immediately feared the worst. Before I even said hello, a hundred scary scenarios raced through my mind. Her teachers understand the panic a call from them can...

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