Are you having back pain with any of the following?
We understand that you are experiencing one or more of the health issues that might be impacting your back pain.
We recommend that you discuss these health issues with your doctor before proceeding with this program.
Once you are cleared by your doctor to do this program, we hope it helps you find relief from your back pain.
Teaching your children good health habits now will give them a solid foundation for growing strong and healthy. We offer resources to support you as a parent and help you handle the challenge of raising healthy kids.
As a parent, you have the power to teach and model healthy habits that will serve your child well for life.
Don't smoke or allow anyone else to smoke around your child. Smoking around your child increases the risk for ear infections, asthma, colds, bronchitis, and pneumonia.
If you do smoke, one of the most important things you can do for your own health and the health of your children is to quit. Kaiser Permanente has resources to help you quit for good.
Most children do not get enough sleep. The amount your child needs depends on his or her age, but a good guideline is at least 9 hours each night.
It can help to establish a regular evening routine and a set bedtime. Be consistent and try not to give in to the "just a little longer" pleas.
There are health risks associated with not getting enough sleep. Children who are sleepy don't do as well in school, and new research shows that there is a connection between overweight and lack of sleep.
While parents can't prevent all accidents, it's important to keep your home as safe as possible, since that's where many injuries happen. You can help keep your child safe by doing the following:
Help your child learn to play safe. A few bumps and bruises are part of growing up, but you can help reduce the chance of major injuries and illnesses with a few important habits.
Prevent injuries. Make sure that your child wears a helmet that fits properly for all bike and scooter riding. Add wrist guards, pads, and gloves for skateboarding, rollerblading, and scooter riding.
If your child plays sports, make sure that he or she has the proper equipment and that coaches don't let children play if they are hurt. Girls who play certain sports are at higher risk for a serious type of knee injury called an ACL tear.
Take all head injuries seriously. If your child hits his or her head during play – especially during contact sports – it is important that a trained coach or your child's doctor evaluate the injury. Even seemingly minor concussions can be serious if a child returns to play too soon.
Protect your child's skin from the sun. Childhood sunburns can cause damage that can lead to skin cancer later in life. Make sure your child covers up and wears a hat when out in the sun for long periods. Choose a "broad-spectrum" sunscreen that has a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15, and encourage wearing sunglasses with UV protection. Make sure older children understand that tanning booths and outdoor tanning are not safe.
Use safety seats for every ride. A correctly installed safety seat could save your child’s life in the event of a crash.
Choosing the right seat for your child’s age and size is essential. Make sure you install it correctly in the back seat, and have your seat inspected regularly as your child grows. If you have questions or need help installing your car seat call 1-866-SEATCHECK or visit www.seatcheck.org.
Read and follow the directions that come with the seat you purchase, and save the manual. If the seat is used or a hand-me-down, check to make sure it has not been recalled or in any accidents.
The most important rule is to follow any height and weight limit given by the manufacturer of your child’s seat, usually listed in the owner's manual. The following tips can help you determine when your child is ready to move from his or her car seat to a booster seat, and eventually, a seatbelt.
Pedestrian injury. Watch your child carefully near the street. Children should not cross streets alone until they are at least 8 years old. Make sure they are paying attention to traffic and understand the rules for crossing and using crosswalks.
Never leave your child alone in the car, even for a minute. Did you know it’s against the law for a child to be in a vehicle without an adult?
If you have an emergency medical condition, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital. An emergency medical condition is any of the following: (1) a medical condition that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity (including severe pain) such that you could reasonably expect the absence of immediate medical attention to result in serious jeopardy to your health or body functions or organs; (2) active labor when there isn't enough time for safe transfer to a Plan hospital (or designated hospital) before delivery, or if transfer poses a threat to your (or your unborn child's) health and safety, or (3) a mental disorder that manifests itself by acute symptoms of sufficient severity such that either you are an immediate danger to yourself or others, or you are not immediately able to provide for, or use, food, shelter, or clothing, due to the mental disorder.
This information is not intended to diagnose health problems or to take the place of specific medical advice or care you receive from your physician or other health care professional. If you have persistent health problems, or if you have additional questions, please consult with your doctor. If you have questions or need more information about your medication, please speak to your pharmacist. Kaiser Permanente does not endorse the medications or products mentioned. Any trade names listed are for easy identification only.