About the Moms, Dads & Docs Blog

Welcome to the Moms, Dads & Docs blog! This blog was developed to be a resource for families in the Merrimack Valley area of Massachusetts. Why create a blog like this? Parents today value exchanging and sharing ideas – particularly online.

Our goal is to help facilitate dialogue between local moms, dads and families, whether it’s sharing information and tips about local businesses, restaurants, childcare or family-friendly events. This blog will provide a forum for local parents to share views, reviews, tips and tricks about the area.

But Moms, Dads & Docs is more than your average blog.  It’s an invaluable resource that includes posts by experts and guest bloggers to address health related topics!

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  1. Thank you to Lawrence General Hospital and Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center for creating this wonderful site for parents and families to share ideas!

    As a father and pediatrician, I feel one of the most important tips to share are safety tips. Because we are still having great summer weather, it is still important to talk about bike safety as kids are starting to go back to school.

    In 2010 in the U.S., 800 bicyclists were killed and an estimated 515,000 sustained bicycle-related injuries that required emergency department care. About half of these accidents were related to children.

    Here are some easy safety tips to share with your children starting from their first tricycle or bike:

    1. Wear a helmet every time! Less than half of children actually wear helmets. Make sure it is a proper fitting helmet. Be a good role model and wear your helmet too!

    2. Follow the rules of the road:

    a. ride on the right side of the road-with the traffic flow, not against it;
    b. obey traffic signs and signals just as if you were driving a car;
    c. use correct hand signals;
    d. stop at all signs and red lights; and
    e. stop and look both ways before entering a street;

    3. Avoid riding at dusk or at night. Many injuries happen in poor lighting, and most children’s bikes do not have proper safety lights. If you must bike after dark, make sure the child is wearing reflective clothing with lights on the bicycle.

    Be safe out there and enjoy the rest of the summer!

    References: American Academy of Pediatrics; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention