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Keep kids safe in extreme heat

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Temperatures are set to skyrocket all across the East Coast for the next few days. Here are a few tips to make sure you and your family stay safe in the summer’s first heat wave. For more summer safety tips, download Boston Children’s Hospital’s summer safety brochure.

If your children are playing outdoors, make sure they take water breaks, even if they’re not thirsty. If a child complains about any of the following he could be overheated or at risk for heat illness:

  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Muscle cramps

If your child has of any of these symptoms, have him lie down in a cool, shaded area with his feet slightly raised, with drinking water and a cool cloth on hand.

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Health headlines: non driving car fatalities on the rise, teen girls more likely to drink to cope with stress and cereal may not be so bad after all?

19 kids have died so far this summer, from parents accidentally leaving them in sweltering cars. These stories are tough to read but an important reminder to parents to devise systems, checks and reminders to make sure that even in their most hectic moments this never happens to them.

Eating disorders and addictions are harder to treat in teenagers than in adult patients with similar conditions, according to a new study. Experts aren’t sure why this is, but believe the combination of social, hormonal and physical development– often occurring simultaneously– when coupled with conditions like mental illness or addiction, make them harder to treat.

Though they tend to get a bum rap, breakfast cereals might help kids keep their weight down. A new study shows that kids who ate cereal daily, even some of the more sugary ones, had lower BMI’s than kids who skipped breakfast all together. According to the study, kids who miss breakfast tend to snack earlier, and more often, usually upping their consumption of empty calories and adding to their waist lines.

Partnership for a Drug-Free America released a study this week that showed teenage girls are more likely than their male counterparts to use drugs and alcohol as a form of escapism. According to the report, teen girls are more likely than boys to use drugs and alcohol to cope with stress than for recreational reasons. The study is troubling not only for the ramifications of substance abuse on young bodies and minds, but also the underlying issues that are driving these young women to drink or use drugs.

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