As an optometrist, I am often presented with children and/or their parents expressing an interest in contact lenses. Although this may be a terrifying thought at first for parents, I think contact lenses can be a great addition to glasses, especially if your tween or teen is active in sports, extracurricular activities, or has a higher prescription.
The Farmers’ Almanac long-range forecast says that the Prairies are in for a potentially cold winter, and we know for local families, that can make trips and outings more of an obstacle than an adventure. This means that making healthy and active choices a priority becomes more vital as the weather continues to prove more challenging to do so.
One of the signs of illness is a high or low body temperature. Taking your baby’s or child’s temperature under their arm with a digital thermometer is the easiest and safest way of checking to see whether their temperature is normal (not too high or too low). It’s not recommended to take a baby’s or child’s temperature by putting a thermometer in the anus, in the ear, or on the skin (e.g., fever strips). Rectal thermometers may cause damage to the bowel if not used properly. Ear thermometers and fever strips may not give an accurate reading in children under two years old. Glass thermometers are not recommended since they may break.
You know your child best. You know their favorite toy, the name of their best friend, and the types of foods they just can’t stand to eat. But would you know if your child is struggling to see? Despite a parent’s best efforts, it’s not always easy to tell if a child has a vision impairment. In fact, children are sometimes misdiagnosed with learning or behavioral disabilities, when the truth is, they just have a hard time seeing. Children assume that the way they see the world is normal, so they rarely complain about vision problems.
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