Firearm-related fatalities are the third leading cause of death among children in the U.S., taking about 1,300 young lives annually. Several thousand children are injured by firearms yearly, and as many as 4 percent of children have witnessed a shooting in the past year causing immeasurable psychological trauma. But what can we, as pediatricians, do […]
Category: "Child Safety"
When I was 8 or 9 years old, I watched my younger sister, not yet 4 years old, jump off the diving board wearing her “bubble” (an inflated football shaped flotation device belted around her waist). The bubble floated to the surface; she did not. My young self swam to help her, and we both […]
By Christina Falgier, MD, Essentia Health St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital, Neonatology, Section Chair While the number of infants with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) has decreased in our NICU at Essentia Health St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital in Duluth, it remains a significant problem for our patients and their families. In the past year, approximately 6 percent […]
By Sheldon Berkowitz, MD, pediatrician at Children’s Minnesota and MNAAP president-elect For me, it was the aftermath of the February shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL. It is not that I wasn’t concerned before by all the other shootings and hadn’t written many letters to the editor and participated in countless […]
By Sheldon Berkowitz, MD, FAAP, Children’s Minnesota On a cold and windy March morning, about 20 pediatricians and pediatric residents joined with 20,000 other Minnesotans to rally against gun violence at the Capitol in the aftermath of the senseless deaths at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida six weeks earlier. This was the […]