Be Sure To Be Safe During The Solar Eclipse

The last time a total solar eclipse passed through the Continental United States, personal computers, ESPN, and Happy Meals were just beginning. On Monday we have the chance to witness another total solar eclipse. (Click here to learn when you can see the eclipse). We want to help you be safe during the solar eclipse. 

How to Be Safe

Be sure to be safe during the solar eclipse







Never look directly at an eclipse. Because your eyes cannot handle the sun’s intensity, looking directly at it can blind you. Purchase eclipse glasses or solar filters from a reputable seller for proper protection. NASA offers a list of eclipse safety tips as well. 

Because we want you to be safe, we are providing some safety information for viewing the eclipse.

  • Inspect your solar filter before use: If your solar filter is scratched or damaged, discard it. Read and follow any instructions printed on or packaged with the filter.
  • Properly use your safety devices: Stand still and cover your eyes with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer before looking up at the bright sun. After looking at the sun, turn away and remove your filter — do not remove it while looking at the sun.
  • Cameras do not count: Do not look at the uneclipsed or partially eclipsed sun through an unfiltered camera, telescope, binoculars, or other optical device- even with your eclipse glasses or solar viewer.
  • Sunglasses are not enough: Homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not safe for looking at the sun; they transmit thousands of times too much sunlight. However, if you normally wear eyeglasses, keep them on. Put your eclipse glasses on over them, or hold your handheld viewer in front of them.

When and Where to See the Eclipse

The total solar eclipse will be visible in parts of the Western, Mid-Western, and Southeastern United States. If you can’t travel there to see the total eclipse in one of these states, do not worry. You can view a partial eclipse of about 75% right from your backyard. According to NASA, the eclipse will be visible from 10:40am to 2:40pm, and will be at maximum point around 1:08pm.

The next total solar eclipse is in April of 2024, and the path of totality does includes Denton. Take the extra safety precautions during this eclipse to make sure you can see it next time too.

When it comes to safety during the eclipse, Be Sure. 

Calming A Child’s Fears In The ER

Child in ER
Caring doctors in the ER can help calm your child’s fears

A visit to the emergency room is frightening for everyone, especially a child. Sometimes a child’s fear makes their pain worse. We want you and your child’s visit to be as smooth as possible, and, with young kids, that starts by calming their fears. An article in Parents Magazine provides a list of 20 things parents should know before taking their child to the ER. We add to the list here:

Help your child be calm

  • Children mirror reactions: If you are visibly panicked, your child will become panicked too. We know taking a child to the ER is scary, so if needed ask a family member or friend to be there to help console the child (and you).
  • Distract children: Try to get your child’s mind off of the situation by talking to them, telling a story, or playing a game. This could help keep your mind off of the situation too.
  • Prepare your child: On the way to the emergency room, tell your child what is going on and what to expect when you arrive.

Interacting with the doctors

  • Call your pediatrician before you go: When possible, let the pediatrician know your child is going to the ER – this is especially important if the child is going in for something the pediatrician already saw your child about.
  • Bring your child’s immunization records: It is not always possible to grab your child’s shot records on your way to the ER. Know generally the immunizations they have had. If possible, store your child’s health information on your phone.
  • Know your role as a parent: You should stay with your child in the ER. Don’t hesitate to ask for a second opinion from a doctor.
  • Be honest: Be honest with your child and the doctor. It will make the visit smoother and help the doctors make the right diagnosis.

Our patients are our priority. So, once you arrive at Surepoint ER we will have a board-certified doctor attend to your child immediately. We want your child to be safe, but if something happens, we are always open – we even have extra large rooms so you can stay with your child and not feel like it’s too crowded.

When it comes to your family’s health, Be Sure.

Back to School Does Not Need to be Stressful

Wednesday is the first day of school for Denton ISD students. Back to school can be a stressful time for kids and parents. There seems to be a lot of things that need to get done in a short amount of time, and this can get overwhelming. It does not need to be stressful though.

Avoid a Back-to-School Breakdown

The start of the school year can include a long list of things to do, buy, and remember.  It can easily become stressful for both parents and children. This chaos can be avoided through a couple simple practices:

  • Get organized and stay organized. Because it is so easy to get lost amongst the many dates, times, and lists, it is important to stay organized. You can do this by creating one school supply list for multiple kids, setting alarms and reminders beforehand, and writing information and dates down as soon as you get them.
  • Prepare your child. It is natural for kids to lose school skills during the summer. Because of this, many recommend discussing the upcoming school year with your child to prepare them. Go over their goals, classes, and routines.  It is also helpful to re-enforce sleep schedules before the first day.

Parents with College Freshman

If your child is off to college for the first time there are a different set of emotions and needs. Sometimes the first day of college can be harder on the parents than on the student. It is important to remember three key principles:

  • Let your child be independent. It may be hard to let your child go, but remember this is an important step in their lives. Avoid controlling them. Instead of doing things for your student, simply place them in the position to do things on their own such as making sure they have important information and resources to get what they need.
  • Plan ahead. Studies show parents who plan for their student’s departure ahead of time dealt best with the change. This means you should make sure you, and your child, are prepared. Pre-plan ways to cope with their departure, such as immersing yourself in work or a hobby. Where possible plan an outing or activity with your child before they leave. It does not need to be extravagant or expensive. Simple one-on-one time together can creating lasting memories and provide parents and children the assurance they need.
  • Prepare your student. Shopping for room décor and new clothes, helping them set up bank accounts and appointments are all important. But, you should also talk to them about how to handle difficult or emergency situations. Review their schedule and classes with them. Help them understand the importance of getting the right amount of study and play time.

We’d love to hear any success stories (and not so successful stories) of getting your children ready for the first day of school.

We hope you and your family have a healthy, safe school year and remember, whether it is the first day of school, the last day of school, of anywhere in between, when it comes to your family’s health, Be Sure.