How to Talk to Your Child About Getting Lost

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Prepare your child for large crowds with tips on being found when lost.
Air Date: 6/1/16
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Corinn Cross, MD
cori crossDr. Corinn Cross was born and raised in New Jersey. She attended Barnard College where she graduated cum laude and majored in philosophy. She went on to attend the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey in Newark, NJ, where she was selected for the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society. Dr. Cross did her internship and residency in pediatrics at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Dr. Cross has continued to work at CHLA as a general pediatrics attending.

Dr. Cross is actively involved in her local AAP, Chapter 2, where she is an obesity champion. She is co-founder of the Fit to Play and Learn Obesity Prevention curriculum. Through a collaboration between AAP Chapter 2 and the L.A. Unified School District this curriculum is being used to educate at-risk students and their parents on the risks of obesity and to help them to lead healthier lives. Dr. Cross is an AAP Spokesperson and speaks to children throughout the L.A. school district about obesity, healthy lifestyles and the benefits of walking to school.

Dr. Cross is a member of the Executive Board for the AAP's Council on Communications and Media. She is the Editor of the Council on Communications and Media's blog.
How to Talk to Your Child About Getting Lost
Summer is popular for theme park experiences. With large crowds, long lines and lots of noise, it’s very important to keep track of your children.

Even when you try to keep everyone together, your child can still get separated from you. You must talk to your children about what to do if they get lost.

Your child should know his name, your phone number with area code and your home address. You can provide your child with this information on a card to keep in a jacket pocket or backpack. That card can be handed to an adult to expedite reconnecting. Your child should know the name of the hotel where you're staying.

Your kids should also know to look for another mom with children or a person in uniform for help. Be sure they know NOT to go anywhere private with someone. They need to stay in a public place.

When you travel, you may dress your kids in "team colors" so you can easily find each other. Use t-shirts or hats to make it easy to identify one another. Take a photo of your family before heading out for the day so you have a photo of what everyone is wearing that day.

You may have to educate your child on how to behave when lost with a story. Big kids need to know not to wander off. Even adults use the buddy system and tell people where they're going.

If your child disappears in a crowd, tell security immediately. Call 911 after 10 minutes have passed if needed. Use a recent photo to help locate your child.

Listen in as Dr. Corinn Cross advises on how to educate your child on being found if lost in a crowd.
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