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CornerStone Vol. 26, No. 2, Fall 2016/Winter 2017
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Two Siblings, One Medical Miracle
Growing for the Future: NYU Winthrop and NYU Langone Medical Center Announce Plans to Affiliate
Longtime Orthopedic Nurse Turns to her Own Institution for Care
Celebrating a Decade of Inspired Care
Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement Enters New Phase
Young Diver Recovers Quickly Thanks to Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy
NYU Winthrop Earns High Accolades from U.S. News & World Report
NYU Winthrop Hospital Receives National Recognition for Meritorious Outcomes from the American College of Surgeons
Trauma Center Receives Verification as an Adult Level 1 Trauma Center
Phoebe Lynn Lewis Foundation Raises Lung Cancer Awareness at NYU Winthrop and Beyond
Researchers Discover Biomarker for Multiple Sclerosis Detection
Lieutenant Governor Tours New Research & Academic Center
NYU Winthrop Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month
NYU Winthrop Gala Raises More than $1,009,000 for Research
31st Annual Golf Tournament Raises $635,000 for NYU Winthrop's Research Programs
Child Safety Tips for Grandparents
Local Foundation Committed in the Fight against Pulmonary Fibrosis Shows Generous support for ILD Research
"Bonding with Baby" Helps Siblings of Babies in the NICU
Local Kiwanis Club Shows Committed Support to Child Life
NYU Winthrop's Child Life Program Earns Clinical Internship Accreditation
Matthew Fetzer Foundation Fulfills a Wish to Help Children Fighting Cancer
The Franceschini Family Continues Decade-Long Tradition of Giving to NYU Winthrop
NYU Winthrop Honors Apollo Family for Continued Benevolence
A Celebration of Life
Spreading Hope and Love
15 Years of Hope and Healing
Rock2Beat Red Carpet Party Supported by CME
Golfers Score a Hole-in-One for Kids with Cancer
Community Health Assessment Reveals Obesity and Chronic Disease Are Important Issues for Long Islanders
Garden City Girl Scouts Make "Surgi Dolls" for Young Patients
NYU Winthrop Named to the Top 500 of the 2016 Homecare Elite
NFL Player and NYU Winthrop Physician Team Up to Celebrate Survivorship with Special Brunch
 

Child Safety Tips for Grandparents


Child Safety Tips for Grandparents

There is a special bond that exists between a grandparent and grandchild, and grandparents want to do everything they can to keep their grandchildren safe. With that in mind, Ellen Berghorn, MS, RN, Pediatric Trauma Coordinator at NYU Winthrop, organized an event in coordination with the Women’s Wellness Initiative of NYU Winthrop and NYU Winthrop's Trauma Center called "Grandparenting Matters... Let’s Do it Right!"

"I realized from my own experience with my children, and from patients in the Hospital, that many children are cared for by their grandparents," said Ms. Berghorn, whose mother helps care for her two children while she and her husband work full-time. "We wanted to teach injury prevention techniques to grandparents, similar to a parenting course, and bring about a positive impact on the community by making caretakers more aware of what practices may have changed since they last cared for a small child."

Ms. Berghorn’s vision was for a seminar on injury prevention, but also to create a space to bring grandparents who care for their grandchildren together to exchange ideas and build connection. The event was held this fall and was well-received, and Ms. Berghorn hopes to plan more in the future.

Estela Noyola, DO, Chief Pediatric Resident at NYU Winthrop, shared information with attendees on vaccines, SIDS prevention and home safety, along with understanding feeding options and poison control. Don Wang, Operations Manager at NYU Winthrop's Simulation Center and former Educator at Long Island's Regional Poison and Drug Control Center, also spoke about poison prevention.

Child Safety Tips for Grandparents(L-R) Done Wang, Operations Manager at NYU Winthrop's Simulation Center; Estela Noyola, DO; and Ellen Berghorn, MS, RN, Pediatric Trauma Coordinator; with members of the community who attended "Grandparenting Matters...Let's Do It Right"

"As a grandparent, your grandchild’s well-being and safety are extremely important to you. Particularly when he or she is under your care, whether it be at your home, in their home, in the car, or elsewhere, make sure that you’ve taken every step possible to ensure that they are safe and secure," said Dr. Noyola.

Here, Dr. Noyola shares some of these essential tips, adapted from the American Academy of Pediatrics, a trusted source for pediatricians.

Childproofing Tips for Grandparents

*Adapted from the American Academy of Pediatrics

  • Noyola recommends the acronym "SPEGOS" from  Healthychildren.org, a trusted website for caregivers, to remind grandparents of the following:
  • Smoke detectors should be placed in the proper locations throughout the house.
  • Pets and pet food should be stored out of a child's reach.
  • Escape plans should be thought about in advance, and fire extinguishers should be readily available.
  • Gates should be positioned at the top and bottom of stairs.
  • Outlet covers that are not a choking hazard should be placed over sockets to prevent your grandchild from putting his or herself at risk of an electrical shock.
  • Soft covers or bumpers should be positioned around sharp or solid furniture.

Kitchen Safety

  • Put “kiddie locks” on the cabinets. To be extra safe, move unsafe cleansers and chemicals so that they are completely out of reach.
  • Remove any dangling cords, such as those from the coffeepot or toaster.
  • Take extra precautions before giving your grandchild food prepared in microwave ovens. Microwaves can heat liquids and solids unevenly, and they may be mildly warm on the outside but very hot on the inside.

Bathroom Safety

  • Store pills, inhalers, and other prescription or nonprescription medications, as well as medical equipment, locked and out of the reach of your grandchild. Be especially vigilant that all medications of any kind are kept up and away from a child’s reach and sight.
  • Put nonslip material in the bathtub to avoid dangerous falls.
  • Never leave a child unattended in a tub or sink filled with water.

Baby Equipment Safety

  • Never leave your grandchild alone in a high chair or in an infant seat located in high places, such as a table or countertop.
  • Do not use baby walkers.

Safe Sleep

  • To reduce the risk of SIDS, infants should be placed completely on their back for every sleep by every caregiver until the first year of life.
  • Place babies on a firm sleep surface, covered by a fitted sheet.
  • Keep soft objects, loose bedding, bumper pads, or any objects that could increase the risk of suffocation or strangulation away from the baby’s sleep area.