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Posted: May 21, 2019

Drowning Prevention & Pool Safety Must-haves

Written by SMH Mother-Baby Nurse Sheera Thomas

Drowning is the leading cause of death (after birth defects) among children ages 1 to 4, and most happen in home pools. But what can we do to help prevent drownings? Here are some tips that go beyond swim lessons and “pool rules.”

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Posted: May 16, 2019

Hurricane Season Tips for Pregnant Women

Written by SMH Mother-Baby Nurse Sheera Thomas

Pregnant? Be ready for severe weather this hurricane season with this checklist and tips from an SMH expert!

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Posted: May 14, 2019

Measles & MMR Vaccination ~ Ask An Expert Q&A

With Infectious Disease Specialist Manuel Gordillo, MD

Measles cases continue to rise in the U.S., and with the summer travel season approaching — and along with it, heightened risk of getting or passing on the measles — SMH Healthe-Matters editors reached out to Sarasota Memorial Infection Prevention and Control Department Medical Director Manuel Gordillo, MD, for answers to some frequently asked questions about the measles virus and the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccine.

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Posted: May 7, 2019

Safety Tips for Summer Celebrations

By SMH Trauma Coordinator Leeann Putney

Planning to kick off your summer with boating, barbecues and fireworks this Memorial Day? Here are a few tips to keep your family safe—and out of the ER.

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Posted: May 2, 2019

Cool Ways to Protect Baby from Bites & Burns

Written by SMH Mother-Baby Nurse Leah Brown

Summertime in Florida means it’s not just hot and humid, but it’s buggy too! This fun combination presents a challenge when you have young children. Here are some tips for protecting baby from disease-carrying blood-suckers—like mosquitoes, biting flies, ticks—and keeping them cool.

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