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Boo-boo? There’s An App for That!


“Mom, I have a boo-boo on my feener!” Toddlers and preschoolers have a lot of interesting—if not always decipherable—ways to describe a cut or scrape, or where it hurts. There is plenty of lively discussion about the perks or drawbacks of teaching kids proper terms for their anatomy.

Helping kids understand more than their fingers, toes, eyes, and nose may give them a better understanding of themselves, but can also be helpful in being more specific about any health issues or injuries they may encounter. A new mobile app, The Human Body by Tinybop, is a well designed, interactive learning tool designed specifically for children to teach them the basics about how the human body works.

Think Gray’s Anatomy textbook meets a Whoopee Cushion.  Continue reading

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Rick Kirkman of Baby Blues interviewed by Mr. Media

I wish I had a nickname like Mr. Media (Bob Andelman), although in my case it would probably be something like Mr. Big Nose.

If you like watching other people draw—I know I sure do—or like to see a little of the inside workings of a comic strip, you might enjoy this podcast. This was a strange marriage of hi-tech and very lo-tech. The interview was conducted on my iPad, propped up by a Peanuts book, all sitting on a music stand to get a decent angle. It fell over two or three times, but Bob edited all but one. While drawing, the iPad was attached to my drawing board lamp with a bullgdog clip.

Hope you enjoy it!

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The ER episode you never saw on TV

This is a really helpful article from Parents magazine ( In Case of Emergency: 11 Ways to Make the ER Less Stressful.

My wife and I can attest to suggestion #2, “Let Your Pediatrician Pave the Way.” When our first daughter was very young, we thought she’d swallowed a battery from a toy. There she was sitting in the middle of the kitchen with the open toy, and two AA batteries.

The toy used three.

Darryl and Wanda try to find out what Zoe swallowed. August 4, 1992

My wife and I sprang into action. We frantically searched the kitchen for the missing battery, but came up empty-handed. I had the bright idea of handing her one of the remaining batteries to see what she’d do with it.

“Where’s the battery?” my wife said.

Our child took the battery and immediately went for her mouth. Horrified, we snatched it from her and my wife called the pediatrician. He advised us to take her to the ER right away, and he called the ER to notify them.

Calling the pediatrician first helped at the ER. As we raced through the doors, the nurse at receiving was waiting for us with the note scrawled on her hand.  She approached us in the waiting room: “Kirkman, child swallowed battery?”

Heads turned. I’m sure that conjured up images of our daughter with a DieHard in her tummy. (Shameless promotion: you can see a couple strips that came from that episode in BBXX, due out November 13th).

Back to the article. The advice is definitely worth a look. It will serve you well if you can recall any of it should you have to make a run to the Emergency Room. Anything to take some of the stress from that situation is a good thing.

And by the way, x-rays showed no sign of a battery in our daughter.

Later, we conducted a calmer, more thorough search. We found a single AA battery under the refrigerator.



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