Health Tips

5 Autumn Health and Safety Tips

family carving a pumpkin in the kitchen

Now that autumn is on its way, it is important to refresh on seasonal health and safety tips for you and your family. From changes in the weather to fireplace safety, here are five tips for this season!

Be Prepared for Changing Weather

In Colorado, you should be prepared for unexpected drops in temperature in the fall. Even if it is warm during the day, you will want to be sure to bring a warm coat for yourself and your children for the evening hours.

Practice Fire Safety



Winter Health and Safety Tips

Colorado winters are unique in that we can experience winter storms and deep freezes, and turn around the next day and have weather that feels more like spring or fall. No matter the conditions, parents should be prepared to face anything this winter. Here are some winter health and safety tips that parents should keep in their back pocket.

Dress your children in layers

Some of the common health issues kids can experience in the winter ar...


Warning Signs of the Flu

two little girls blowing their nose inside in their pajamas

Although we’re starting to see some warmer weather days here in Northern Colorado, winter and cold & flu season is still with us. Knowing the warning signs of the flu can help get your child they help they need before anything gets too severe because no one likes to see their little one sick. While most symptoms are similar to adults, there are a few differences parents should be aware of. 



While it’s typical for almost all individuals with the flu to...


Fall Asthma Triggers

The changing of the seasons means playing in leaves, trick-or-treating and enjoying fall sports such as football and soccer. For some kids, it may also mean breathing difficulties. Asthma can flare up in autumn months, so keep an eye out for common fall asthma triggers to keep your young ones out of urgent care.

Temperature Changes: Autumn months see wide swings in temperatures. Most patients know that cold air bring on an attack, but the quick drops from warm to cold make fall particularly...


Treating a Nut Allergy

With the number of children suffering a nut allergy growing, it’s likely your child or his classmates may have a sensitivity to peanuts or tree nuts. Knowing how to identify and start treating a nut allergy can save a life.

Symptoms and their severity of nut and other food allergies can be varied among sufferers, but they may include:

Difficulty breathing or tightness in throat
Swollen or tingling face, throat or tongue
Hives or rash
Increased heart rate...


Treating Bee Sting Allergy

Bzzzzz ... sting! Some little ones get stung by a bee and it is over as fast as it started, but for others who are allergic, these stings are life-threatening. Springtime is just around the corner and these yellow, fuzzy insects sitting on your child's favorite flower can be dangerous, so it is very important to be prepared for sting treatment and what symptoms lead to a trip to Pediatric Urgent Care.

Treating a bee sting:

Remove the stinger as soon as possible. This will stop the sp...


How To Treat a Child’s Sunburn

child sunburn while swimming

From the park to the pool, children need to be protected from the sun. Even if SPF (Sun Protection Factor) has been applied, a child can still get a sunburn in as little as 15 minutes. This summer, we want to make sure parents know what steps to take if their child gets too much sun!

Here are our top tips for treating a child's sunburn:

Use cool water during showers or baths, and apply a cool compress when needed. Too cold or too hot of water will make your child's skin extremely sen...


Barbecue Safety Tips

It’s the time of year when families like to take food preparation out of the kitchen and into the yard or park. While nearly everyone loves a good cookout, families with children will want to take extra precautions to enforce barbecue safety this summer.

While it’s important to keep a sense of responsibility toward cooking , inquisitive children may want to help cook, or may just be curious about open flames. Use it as an opportunity to teach them about safety – as well as shore up your...


Face Mask Safety, Protocol and Tips for Children

Wearing a face mask in public (doctor’s office, grocery store, etc.) is now recommended by the CDC. Cloth masks serve as an additional health measure to help slow the spread of COVID-19. This is especially important among asymptomatic individuals who pose a risk of spreading the virus to others. Social distancing remains our first-line defense. Hand-washing is our second and wearing a mask is our third.

Mask Fit and Cleanliness

Ideally, a cloth mask should fit snugly on your cheeks ...


Can I Give Emergen-C to My Child?

Can I give Emergen-C to my child?

Many adults reach for Emergen-C at the first sign of a cold. While that’s fine for adults, when you see cold symptoms coming on for a child, you shouldn’t give your child under 15 Emergen-C or a similar supplement.

Emergen-C is a high dose of Vitamins C, B-6 and B-12 that’s formulated for adults. Each dosage contains 1,000 mg of Vitamin C (about 16 times the USDA recommended daily value). While this is well within safe dosage for an adult, the upper intake level for children is consider...