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After School Activities? Don’t Forget Eye Safety!

Extracurricular activities are a great way for children to make new friends, develop new skills, and have loads of fun. As you and your child begin to select which activities your child will be participating in the New Year, the Alberta Association of Optometrists wants to remind you to keep eye safety in mind. Eye injuries like retinal detachments, ultraviolent (UV) light exposure, and foreign objects in the eye can be easily prevented by wearing protective eyewear. 

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Fun in the Sun! Summer Sun Safety for Baby

Beaches, parks and back yard play: Summer is about fun in the sun. But there’s nothing fun about a sunburned baby. Little ones are especially vulnerable to the sun’s burning rays. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, a single blistering sunburn in childhood more than doubles the risk of developing melanoma later on in life. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) reports that most parents aren’t doing enough to protect small children from sunburn; sunscreens are often applied incorrectly, leaving little ones exposed to skin damage. Here’s how to keep your little one happy and safe this summer.

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Bicycling Basics

In many schools, fewer hours are allotted to recess and physical education each year, but summer is the perfect time to commit to the challenge of your kids riding to day camp or getting them physically prepared now to ride their bikes to school in the Fall.Bicycling is a fun and fitness-friendly method of transportation that, with a little planning and attention to details, could replace your carpool.

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Be Your Own Babyproofer

When you become a parent, you take on lots of new roles, like chief diaper changer, colic analyst, playdate organizer and breast pumping principal. As if that’s not enough, you’ve gotta be the safety police too. If not you, then who? Sure, you can hire a professional babyproofer. But child proofing is also something you can and should do yourself because it’s not a one-off deal. It’s an ongoing process because kids are, well, kids.

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