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December 2019

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Mom teaching teenage daughter how to drive

Kids behind the wheel (they’re still kids)

My dad taught me to drive in a cemetery. Why? Because there’s no traffic. It’s impossible to get lost. “And you can’t hurt anyone because there aren’t any living people in a cemetery.” Even still, we were very respectful. Life was simple back in 1997. (I’m 38 now, I’ll save you the math.) You could get your restricted license at 15 years old after a Driver’s Ed class and a written test. You received your “real” driver’s license once you turned 16. And after that, you were free to run around town in your hand-me-down car.

Girl in bed with thermometer

Flu season is here: Shaping up to be longer, more severe

Earlier this year, we shared a blog about the importance of getting your flu shot. (Click here if you missed it.) Since our team at Children’s Mercy have seen more cases of influenza earlier than usual, we wanted to follow up on this important subject. Seeing cases earlier than usual is an indication that this flu season could be longer and more severe than normal. In the video below, Angela Myers, MD, MPH, Director-Division of Infectious Diseases, explains the current situation and provides reminders on precautions everyone should take to reduce the risk of getting sick or spreading germs.

5 Ways to Make Magical Memories this Holiday Season

I can’t remember the gifts I received on Christmas morning. But I remember how I felt. A mix of excitement, pure joy and anticipation for a day spent together as a family. I remember waking up way too early and climbing into bed with my sister on Christmas morning until everyone else was awake. I remember walking down the stairs to see the Christmas tree glowing and checking to see if Santa and his reindeer ate the treats we left out. And let’s not forget the warm cinnamon rolls we would enjoy together in our pajamas that morning! If I could bottle up that feeling to sell it, I would be a millionaire.

Cold weather car seat safety

Statistics show that motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among children in the United States. Most of these deaths, due to children either being unrestrained or improperly restrained, are preventable.  As a rule, bulky clothing - like winter coats or buntings - should not be worn underneath the harness of a car seat. In a crash, fluffy padding immediately flattens out from the force, leaving extra space under the harness. This leaves the straps too loose to properly restrain the child, increasing the risk of injury. The same is true for adult passengers in a vehicle.