Current Month Awareness: April 2016

Note: For past issues of our MIRACLE Awareness pages and topics, visit our archives.

Government agencies and private organizations emphasize an annual listing of health and safety awareness observances. M.I.R.A.C.L.E. Online Books is unique, as each month, we elaborate on two or more of those observances, revealing the impact these illnesses, conditions, and circumstances have on children. More so, we want to bring awareness to these observances to encourage parental/guardian action for prevention.

So please, journey with us as we travel through the eyes of a child to enlighten you of their emotional and physical challenges.

Awareness Campaigns this Month

The month of April recognizes health challenges that affect a child's hearing and ability to be heard. According to National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders about 1-3 out of every 1,000 children born in the U.S. has a detectable hearing loss in one or both ears; and 90% of deaf children are born to hearing parents. Have you observed your child speaking louder than necessary or repeatedly calling their names and not receiving a response?  If so, visit CDC for a list of concerns that you should be mindful of.  If you identify any of the listed symptoms, please contact your child's pediatrician for follow up.

This is also Listening Awareness Month and it is observed to encourage parents to listen attentively to their children. When we show our children developed listening skills, we are helping them to become effective listeners and great communicators.  The ability to listen well is a skill that can make a difference in their education as well as workplace.  Also, I want to assure you that when children believe they are being heard, they are more comfortable coming to us with any concerns they may encounter. If you are not sure about how to encourage your child to open up and engage in conversation with you, visit Fastrackids for a variety of communicational topics.  These topics are sure to get your child talking about real matters in their lives.  Remember, listening is not the same as hearing!

Emotional Overeating Awareness Month

Did you know one out of every five children in the U. S. is considered overweight?  They are primarily overweight due to being emotional eaters.  Emotional eaters are often introduced to this behavior as an infant or as a young child.

How many times have you given a crying baby a bottle?  Was the baby really hungry or were you just trying different things to see what response would encourage the child to stop crying?  How many times have you used food as a reward for doing household chores, getting good schools grades or behaving well in public? Did you say "yes" to either of these questions?

Emotional eating is a learned behavior and it can be reversed with knowledge, monitoring and implementing a meal structure. As parents, it is important to teach our children that food is designed to fulfill their hunger; it was never intended to be use as an anti-depressor or a social method to pass time with. If you have identified your child as an emotional eater, perhaps you may consider contacting your pediatrician and inquiring about a nutritional meal plan and/or perhaps meeting with a therapist if needed.

Also, we want to be aware that overweight children are high risk of becoming overweight adolescents and adults. This behavior places children at risk of developing chronic illnesses such as heart disease and diabetes; not to mention, children are also candidates to develop stress, sadness and low self-esteem.  All of these diagnosis can have a negative effect on our children and prevent them from living their best lives.

Other Health Awareness Campaigns this Month

Other observances this month include these safety and health issues:

Awareness Campaigns by Week

Join us in celebrating National Playground Safety Week. According to Children Safety Network, are you aware the annual number of children injuried on playgrounds are 218,851, and children deaths on playgrounds are estimated at 15 annually? Due to this large number of injuries and deaths, it is important that parents are aware of the condition of the equipment prior to allowing their children to play on it.  As parents, we can look out for wood splints, metal chips and broken particles lying around the ground areas.

This year, the National Program for Playground Safety is asking parents and community members to get involved and ask your Governor to celebrate Playground Safety by signing a proclamation. This proclamation allows the state to show their support in the promotion of safe playground environments for children.  

Table 1: Health and Safety Awareness Campaigns by Week
Week Observance or Campaign
3/27 - 4/02 Root Canal Awareness Week
4/03 - 4/09

Medication Safety Week (4/01 - 4/07)

Testicular Cancer Awareness Week (4/01 - 4/07)

National Public Health Week (4/04 - 4/10)

World Allergy Week (4/04 - 4/10)

National Dental Hygiene Week (4/09 - 4/16)

YoYo and Skill Toys Week (4/09 - 4/17)

4/10 - 4/16

National Minority Cancer Awareness Week

National Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Awareness (4/12 - 4/15)

National Tattoo Week (4/13 - 4/18)

National Porphyria Awareness Week, Join the Registry to Get Involved (4/16 - 4/23)

National Infants Immunization Week, List of CDC Vaccine Events (4/16 - 4/23)

National Toddler Immunization Week (4/16 - 4/23)

4/17 - 4/22

Nation Osteopathic Medicine Week, Get Involved (4/17 - 4/23)

Safe Kids Week (4/18 - 4/23)

National Organ and Tissue Donor Awareness Week, Register to Be a Donor (4/19 - 4/25)

Allergy Awareness Week (4/20 - 4/26)

Fibroid Awareness Week (4/23 - 4/27)

Medical Fitness Week (4/23 - 4/29)

4/24 - 4/30

World Immunization Week 

Every Kid Healthy Week (4/25 - 4/29)

Awareness Campaigns by Day

We want to unite supporters for Children with Alopecia Day. Are you aware that alopecia can affect children as young as 18 months old? Alopecia develops within the autoimmune system and eventually attacks the hair follicles. It is a case by case basis as to whether the hair will ever return. 

Based on the age of the child, acceptance of rejection will be displayed to those children. For example, children under 5 years are more accepting of their peers; however, children six years and older can display bullying and harassment behaviors. This negative behavior can cause emotional trauma to a child, thereby, opening a gateway of additional health challenges. 

If you want to know more about Alopecia, visit the National Alopecia Areatha Foundation.

Table 2: Health and Safety Awareness Campaigns by Day
Day Observance or Campaign
1

Congenital Diaphragmetic Hernia Action Day

Cushing Disease/Syndrome Awareness Day

2 World Autism Awareness Day
4

Auditory Processing Disorder Awareness Day

Vitamin C Day

5 National Sexual Assault Awareness Day of Action
7

Sexual Assault Awareness Day of Action

World Health Day

9

Baby Massage Day

10

Global Day to End Child Sexual Abuse

National Youth HIV and AIDS Awareness Day

11

World Parkinson's Disease Day

14

Children with Alopecia Day

16

National Healthcare Decisions Day

Stress Awareness Day

World Voice Day

17 World Hemophilia Day
18 Adult Autism Day
24 World Meningitis Day
25

Malaria Awareness Day

World Malaria Day

27 National Noise Awareness Day
30

National Sense of Smell Day

Show Your Mettle Day

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