Pediatric Magnet Ingestion: Get the Facts, Prevent an Injury

1,700 magnet ingestions have been treated in U.S. emergency departments from 2009-2011

Little Magnets = Big Problem

Rare-earth, high-powered magnets are not your typical refrigerator magnet. Measuring only 5 millimeters (0.20 inches) in diameter, these powerful magnets are candy-sized and easily swallowed. Appoximately 80% of all high-powered magnet ingestions result in endoscopic or surgical intervention.

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Some Over-the-Counter Medicines May Affect Your Driving

Anyone who operates a vehicle of any type—car, bus, train, plane, or boat—needs to know there are over-the-counter medicines that can make you drowsy and can affect your ability to drive and operate machinery safely.

Over-the-counter medicines are also known as OTC or nonprescription medicines. All these terms mean the same thing: medicines that you can buy without a prescription from a healthcare professional. Each OTC medicine has a Drug Facts label to guide you in your choices and to help keep you safe. OTC medicines are serious medicines and their risks can increase if you don’t choose them carefully and use them exactly as directed on the label.

According to Ali Mohamadi, M.D., a medical officer at FDA, “You can feel the effects some OTC medicines can have on your driving for a short time after you take them, or their effects can last for several hours. In some cases, a medicine can cause significant ‘hangover-like’ effects and affect your driving even the next day.” If you have not had enough sleep, taking medicine with a side effect that causes drowsiness can add to the sleepiness and fatigue you may already feel. Being drowsy behind the wheel is dangerous; it can impair your driving skills.

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Take the Healthy Me, Better Year Pledge!

Summer has come and gone as have all the Back-to-School ads on TV and essentially everywhere you look.

It’s back. We’re back. The time is now, and the new school year is in full-gear with no signs of letting up for quite a while.Deep breath.

OK then, let’s stop and take a moment to do a self-check-in. Yes us, the adults. Most of us get so focused on everyone else that we forget that taking care of ourselves is vital for providing a great school year for the students. Whether you work inside or outside the classroom or are a parent – or both! – you and your health and wellness are key ingredients for the school and student success recipe.

To that end, NEAHIN is challenging all of us to take the Healthy Me, Better Year Pledge! Yes, our staff is taking it too! It’s a simple pledge to say,

“Hey, I value myself and my health and happiness. I am going to do X, Y and/or Z to help ensure I am bringing my best self to the school community each day.”

A little high on the pop psychology scale? Perhaps; but as you know goals and intentions become more concrete when we write them down, so we are asking you to do exactly that.

(Click Here to Read More and Take the Pledge)



Safety Council Members

National Youth and Consumer Safety Council members backgrounds and website links.

The new Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids Online

The new Net Cetera: Chatting with Kids Online
is one of our most popular publications, and it’s back in print with updates reflecting changes in the online space. This booklet is written for parents, teachers, and other adults who spend time with kids. Net Cetera offers practical tips about talking about issues including social networking, mobile devices, computer security, sexting, and cyberbullying.