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Traveling While Pregnant

We move our clocks forward by one hour on March 11. Most of us dread this day because we lose an hour of sleep, but should our children lose sleep too?

Some conditions might prevent you from travelling on airplanes. If your doctor is okay with you flying, here are some tips to make your trip as safe and comfortable as possible.

  • Check the airline's policy about air travel during pregnancy.
  • Buckle up.
  • Choose your seat carefully. Aisle seats provide the most space and comfort.
  • Promote circulation. If possible, take occasional walks up and down the aisle. If you must remain seated, flex and extend your ankles often.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.

If your spring break trip or summer vacation consists of a road trip, here are some tips and tricks.

  • Buckle up.
  • Take an emergency contact sheet.
  • Have your insurance cards available in case of emergency.
  • Bring healthy snacks and beverages.
  • Plan extra time for bathroom and stretch breaks.
  • Move your seat as far back away as possible from the steering wheel.
  • If possible, bring a companion so you can relax and avoid doing all of the driving.
  • To help ward off motion sickness in a car, sit in the front seat, open the window for fresh air and focus on the horizon or a distant object.
     
Spring Break Safety

Families across Arkansas will be taking advantage of spring break. You may be one of the lucky ones who get to visit a local park with your child, do some deep spring cleaning or even go on a road trip. Whatever your plans are, remember to make it a safe spring break.

Arkansas has one of the highest child and adolescent injury rates in the nation. Most of these injuries are unintentional, and many of them are preventable. The Injury Prevention Center (IPC) at Arkansas Children’s Hospital is working to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities to Arkansas children by educating families. Click here to get tips on:

• Vehicle safety
• Recreational safety
• Home safety

Healthy Sleep

We move our clocks forward by one hour on March 11. Most of us dread this day because we lose an hour of sleep, but should our children lose sleep too?

An important part of a child’s health is sleep. Healthy sleep starts with a steady bedtime routine, says Judith Owens, M.D., FAAP, co-author of Take Charge of Your Child’s Sleep: The All-in-One Resource for Solving Sleep Problems in Kids and Teens. “At the end of the day, both the body and mind need to wind down, relax, and prepare physically and mentally for sleep,” she says. “A bedtime routine is the best way to make sure that there is enough time to make that transition.”

The lack of sleep can lead to health problems including:
• Anxiety and depression
• Obesity
• Diabetes
• Immunity problems
• Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

It is the duty of the parents and/or caregivers to adopt and instill healthy sleep habits while their child is young. Children begin to develop a routine of sleep regulated by light and dark around six weeks of age. Most children have a regular pattern by three to six months. Start healthy habits now. Click here for tips to help your child get enough sleep.

Diabetes and Pregnancy

Pregnant women may have type 1 or type 2 diabetes before they become pregnant, or may develop diabetes during pregnancy (gestational diabetes). Gestational diabetes, unlike type 1 or type 2, usually does not have any symptoms.

Risk factors for diabetes that warrant testing at the first prenatal visit are:

  • Overweight
  • Previously given birth to a baby weighing more than 9 pounds
  • Repeated miscarriages
  • Prior unexplained fetal death
  • Have a history of abnormal glucose tolerance, or have had “sugar” in your urine
  • Have a mother, father, brother, or sister with diabetes
  • The following ethnic groups: Hispanic American, African American, Native American, are from Asia, one of the Pacific Islands, or Australia

For more information click here. To download a brochure click here or here for a Spanish version

RSV is scary stuff!

The respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) is the major cause of breathing passages and lungs infections in infants and young children. In addition to causing pneumonia, it is the leading cause of bronchiolitis (an infection of the small breathing tubes of the lungs) and can make your little one very sick.

For signs, symptoms, treatment and prevention click here.

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