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Health Information For Parents
News about a kidnapped child or teen can worry parents everywhere. But it’s important to remember that most kids pass through childhood safely.
Here are some of the realities of child abduction:
About 2,100 missing-children reports are filed each day in the U.S. Many cases can be solved more easily when parents can provide key information about their kids, like: height, weight, eye color, and a clear recent photo.
It’s also wise to:
One of the challenges of being a parent is teaching your kids to be cautious without filling them with fear or anxiety. Talk to your kids often about safety, and give them the basics on how to avoid and escape potentially dangerous situations.
Teach them to:
Keep these other tips in mind:
The first few hours are the most critical in missing-child cases. So it’s important to contact your local police and give them information about your child right away.
They’ll ask you for a recent picture of your child, what your child was wearing, and details about when and where you last saw your child.
You can ask that your child’s case be entered into the National Crime and Information Center (NCIC). Other clearinghouses such as the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children ( 843-5678) can offer information and support during your search.
After notifying the authorities, try to stay calm. You’ll be able to remember details about your child’s disappearance more easily if you do.
Find out what the experts have to say.
In an emergency, health care professionals will have many questions about a patient’s medical history. It’s easy to compile this information now, and it could save critical minutes later.
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Have you ever thought of running away? It can be a dangerous decision. Find out more in this article for kids.
In an emergency, it’s hard to think clearly about your kids’ health information. Here’s what important medical information you should have handy, just in case.
Child abuse is never OK. Find out more in this article for kids.
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The Internet is a wonderful resource, but access to it has its hazards for kids. Here’s how to make sure your kids go online safely.
Note: All information is for educational purposes only. For specific medical advice, diagnoses, and treatment, consult your doctor.
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