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Accidents, Injuries, + Abuse

These posts address accidents and injuries, and accident and injury prevention, and a spectrum of abuse topics.

Transgender Bathroom Debate Misleads Parents About Sexual Violence

By May 9, 2016 No Comments
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This post is in response to numerous reader questions regarding children, sexual violence and transgender bathroom rights. As the parent of two young children, and a professional working in the anti-sexual violence movement, I spend a great deal of time thinking about the prevention of child sexual abuse. Recent national headlines have discussed legislative efforts […]

Categories: Accidents, Injuries, + Abuse, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health, Science 101 + Mythbusting


Five Steps for Family Emergency Preparedness

By May 5, 2016 No Comments
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When I read Mathew Clements’ story yesterday – (Glad you and your family are safe!) I thought about how many people I’ve talked to who have been in exactly his position.  We all think there’s time to prepare, until there isn’t. In a true emergency, when you’ve been given the order to evacuate, fear and […]

Categories: Accidents, Injuries, + Abuse, Policy, Politics, + Pop Health


When Seeking Treatment For A Child Crosses the Line: Medical Child Abuse Vs. Rare Diseases (Part Two)

By April 13, 2016 No Comments
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Medical child abuse can be thought of as the flip side of medical neglect; instead of failing to get real medical treatment a child needs, a child’s caregiver seeks out medical treatment that the child does not need, and which may in fact be harmful. While I addressed that in depth in my last post, […]

Categories: Accidents, Injuries, + Abuse


When Seeking Treatment For A Child Crosses the Line: How to Recognize Medical Child Abuse (Part One)

By April 12, 2016 No Comments
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Medical Child Abuse, An Overview Recently, over at Harpocrates Speaks, I wrote about the case of Justina Pelletier, whose parents are suing Boston Children’s Hospital for negligence after the hospital rejected Justina’s diagnosis of mitochondrial disorder in favor of somatoform disorder. The hospital staff further suspected medical child abuse, which they reported to Massachusetts Department […]

Categories: Accidents, Injuries, + Abuse


Car Seat Safety: Which Non-Regulated Products Parents Should Avoid

By April 4, 2016 No Comments
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Car seat shopping can be stressful, and so can preparing that car seat for a new baby. We turned to the wonderful people at Car Seat For The Littles, who allowed us to re-post this informational piece for our readers. Here we see little Freya in her car seat with a boatload of non-regulated products. […]

Categories: Accidents, Injuries, + Abuse, Newborns + Infants, Toddlers + Preschoolers


Can Bleach, Turpentine or Miracle Mineral Solution Cure Childhood Ailments?

By February 16, 2016 4 Comments
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Would you ever consider swallowing bleach or turpentine? What about giving yourself an enema with bleach? To most of us this sounds horrible, but a small group of well-meaning but terribly misguided parents is choosing to feed their children these toxic substances in hopes of curing everything from the common cold to autism. While small […]

Categories: Accidents, Injuries, + Abuse, Disability + Disability Advocacy, Science 101 + Mythbusting