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Childproofing for Your Toddler's Safety Weymouth MA

Granny syndrome-the pattern of accidental ingestion of a grandparents' medication-appears to be mainly the result of failure in patient education, which is a correctable condition. Patients need to be aware that access, not choice of container, has the most impact on prevention. Unattended purses or counters and low shelves allow for easy access to potentially deadly items for children.

Ms. Samantha Martinez
(781) 866-9497
21 Totman Street, Suite 203
Quincy, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW, C-SSWS
Licensed in Massachusetts
5 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Adoption/Foster Care, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Child Abuse and Neglect, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Multicultural Issues, Parenting Issues, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Attachment Disorders
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Step Families, Interracial Families/Couples, Biracial
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Mr. Jeffrey Bossio
Jeffrey Bossio, LICSW
(781) 347-4714
80 Washington St. Suite C-17
Norwell, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
9 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Autism/PDD, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Stress, Life Transitions, Asperger's Syndrome, Anger Ma
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Step Families
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Ms. Sandra Katz
Sandra M. Katz, LICSW
(617) 277-3241
7 Harris Ave
Jamaica Plain, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
11 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Parenting Issues, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Education/Personal Development, Elder Abuse, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Caregivers, Step Families, Chronic Illness
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Ms. Wendy Reich
Arbor Psychotherapy
(617) 327-5770
111 Running Brook Rd.
West Roxbury, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
20 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Addictions/Other (gambling, sex, etc.), Addictions/Substance, Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Bipolar Disorders, Career/Employment Concerns, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Eating Disorders, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Obsessive/Compuls
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics)
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Dr. John Riley
John Riley, PhD
(617) 846-5669
193 Main Street
Winthrop, MA
Credentials
Credentials: Ph.D.
Licensed in Massachusetts
31 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder, Behavioral Problems, Bipolar Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Developmental Disability, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Phys
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Military/Veterans, Disabled
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

Data Provided by:
Ms. Diane Littlefield
Diane Littlefield, LICSW
(781) 878-0800
80 Washington SQ. Suite D-26
Norwell, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
30 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Child Abuse and Neglect, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Phobias, Pregnancy/Childbirth, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Women's Issues, Po
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Caregivers, Cancer Patients, Grandparents
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Ms. Lisa Moore
Lisa Lynelle Moore, Psychotherapy and Consultation
(617) 942-0224
124 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA
Credentials
Credentials: PhD, LICSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
13 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Couple or Marital Issues, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Multicultural Issues, Sexual Orientation, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Education/Personal Development, Gender Identity, Sexuality Issues, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Children of Divorce, Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual, Transgendered, Caregivers, Interracial Families/Couples, Biracial, Obese or Overweight
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Ms. Michele Howard
Michele Howard
(617) 947-3040
64 Westbourne Street
Roslindale, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
24 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Aging, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Grief/Loss, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Life Transitions, Women's Issues
Populations Served
Caregivers
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adults (26-59), Seniors (60 +)

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Dr. Sid Mondell
Dr. Sid Mondell
(617) 338-9533
294 Washington Street #415
Boston, MA
Credentials
Credentials: PhD
Licensed in Massachusetts
28 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Anxiety/Panic Disorders, Couple or Marital Issues, Depression, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Stress, Trauma/PTSD
Populations Served
Children of Divorce
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Ms. Janice Stubblefield-Tave
(857) 334-5557
17 Henshaw St.
Brighton, MA
Credentials
Credentials: LICSW
Licensed in Massachusetts
18 Years of Experience
Problems Served
Behavioral Problems, Child Abuse and Neglect, Dissociative Disorders, Domestic Violence, Family Dysfunction, Interpersonal Relationships, Parenting Issues, Sexual Abuse/Rape, Stress, Trauma/PTSD, Life Transitions, Attachment Disorders, Infant Mental Health
Populations Served
ACOA (Adult Children of Alcoholics), Children of Divorce, Caregivers
Membership Organizations
HelpPro.com
Age Groups Served
Preschool (Under 6), Children (6-12), Adolescents (13-17), Young Adults (18-25), Adults (26-59)

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Curious Toddlers Can't Resist the Potentially Dangerous Goodies in Grandma's Purse

   

Chicago, IL)- A natural curiosity and the desire to mimic behavior by adult family members can prompt small children to sample medications found around the home. Often adults forget that children are natural explorers who are able to move quickly and will generally put anything they get their hands on in their mouths.

A child's grandparents, often among the most loving adults in a child's life, can be the most common source of these dangerous medications. "Grandparents' medications account for 10- 20 percent of unintentional pediatric intoxications in the United States," said Robin McFee, D.O., an osteopathic physician and lead researcher in a recent study of pediatric pharmaceutical exposures, which ran in The JAOA- The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. "It is quite common for older adults to take several medications and carry them around in handbags or store them on counters and easy to reach locations. Unfortunately, children's curious nature leads them to explore what is in these containers."

In one case a 3-year-old boy was brought into the emergency room by his mother and grandmother after he ingested an unknown quantity and assortment of medications. The grandmother had placed her purse on the sofa for a moment and when she returned she discovered the boy had opened her purse and was playing with her pills. When he saw her he said, "M&M's, Nana," referring to the popular candy. At the hospital the grandmother told doctors that she keeps several days worth of pills in a sandwich bag because it is easier for her to open. Fortunately, the doctors were able to determine what pills the child ingested and he recovered quickly.

Granny syndrome-the pattern of accidental ingestion of a grandparents' medication-appears to be mainly the result of failure in patient education, which is a correctable condition. Patients need to be aware that access, not choice of container, has the most impact on prevention. Unattended purses or counters and low shelves allow for easy access to potentially deadly items for children.

Dr. McFee recommends taking these precautions:

1. Child-proof the houses of elderly relatives if they will be caring for children.

2. Avoid leaving any medication (nutritional supplements, over-the-counter products, prescriptions, or vitamins) unattended or within easy reach of children.

3. Avoid leaving medications in non-child-resistant containers.

4. Don't leave pocketbooks, purses, tote bags or jackets containing medication on the floor or within easy reach of children-even if the medications are in child-resistant containers.

5. Anticipate that children are natural explorers and will taste-test everything. To a child, pills look like candy.

6. Be aware that children will get into places that they shouldn't g...

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