Small doses of education can make a big difference for parents with sick children
A program trains low-income parents to use basic tools such as reference books and digital thermometers to avoid unnecessary visits to ERs. A Los Angeles-area school district is offering the training, which had previously been confined to Head Start.
Kendy Espinoza and her son Emmanuel look through the book "What to Do When Your Child Gets Sick" at Moffett Elementary School. (Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times / October 9, 2010)
"What do you do when your child is choking?" Marin asked the crowd of about 50, some toting babies.
Get them to hold their arms up or look at a bird in the sky, parents said. Marin pointed to a section in