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5 Tips for Protecting Your Child From RSV

Written on Feb 8, 2016 in Blog

5 Tips for Protecting Your Child From RSV

Many people have never heard of it, but there’s a contagious virus out there that affects lungs and breathing passages. It has a tongue-twister name – Respiratory Syncytial (sin-SISH-uhl) Virus, or RSV – and in healthy people it resembles a common cold. But in children, as well as the elderly and those with weakened immune systems, RSV often develops into something more serious. Bronchiolitis and Asthma? According to KidsHealth, children who have had bronchiolitis may be more likely to develop asthma later in life, but more research...

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Hand Washing for Kids: 5 Easy Steps to Teach Hand Hygiene

Written on Feb 1, 2016 in Blog, Parenting

Hand Washing for Kids: 5 Easy Steps to Teach Hand Hygiene

One important factor in keeping yourself and others healthy is in your hands – literally. Proper hand-washing is one of the best – and easiest – ways to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But it takes more than simply placing your hands under running water for a few seconds. How can you help make sure your children are washing their hands correctly? Here’s the correct procedure. Teaching these steps is usually a “work in progress”: 1. Wet your hands with...

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Baby Has the Flu? How to Avoid Spreading Germs

Written on Jan 27, 2016 in Blog

Baby Has the Flu? How to Avoid Spreading Germs

Cold and flu season is in full swing. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, flu season usually peaks in January and February and can stick around as late as May. Moms with sick infants have their hands full, and one concern is stopping germs from spreading to everyone else in the family. Speaking of hands, it all starts with proper hand-washing and disinfecting frequently touched surfaces around the house. What’s the Right Way to Wash Hands? 1. Start by wetting your hands with warm, running water. 2. Lather your...

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Germ Re-Gifters – The Real Grinches of the Holiday Season

Written on Dec 23, 2015 in Blog

Germ Re-Gifters – The Real Grinches of the Holiday Season

Ever hear of the germ re-gifter? You know… the coughing, sneezing family member who should have stayed home, but decided to attend the holiday gathering anyway? What is a Germ Re-Gifter? Germs are like the oddball holiday present no one wants and re-gifts to someone else – and the gift is passed on and on. So how does it work? When Aunt Suzie coughs or sneezes without covering her mouth or nose, her germs travel through the air until they are inhaled by Cousin Bobby. Now Bobby is infected and will soon re-gift a new set of germs when he...

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Preventing Bed Bugs on Holiday Vacation Travel

Written on Dec 16, 2015 in Blog

Preventing Bed Bugs on Holiday Vacation Travel

If you thought “Sleep tight, don’t let the bed bugs bite” was just a silly good-night rhyme for kids, unfortunately you’re wrong. Bed bugs are all too real, and they have made a resurgence over the past 15 years. The good news is that there are steps that moms can take to avoid bringing these cooties back home from their holiday travels. What is a Bed Bug? Bed bugs are flat parasitic insects that feed on human and animal blood. They range in size from about 1 to 7 millimeters long, or about the size of Abe Lincoln’s head on a penny....

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4 Tips for Staying Healthy During the Holidays

Written on Dec 11, 2015 in Blog

4 Tips for Staying Healthy During the Holidays

’Tis the season for family, friends and – you guessed it – the flu. As families travel and get together for the holidays, the risk of catching the “germ du jour” rises. When it’s time to gather around the holiday table, you don’t want family members missing out because they’re sick in bed – or worse – coughing and sneezing around your food. Moms can help keep their families healthy by teaching good habits that help prevent the spread of germs. Here are four tips that experts recommend for staying healthy during the...

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Talking Turkey: Thanksgiving Food Safety for Kids

Written on Nov 20, 2015 in Blog

Talking Turkey: Thanksgiving Food Safety for Kids

Families across America will soon be sitting down for their annual Thanksgiving feast. But before they can do that, kitchens throughout the land will be the scene of careful, loving food preparation – a perfect opportunity to teach kids about proper food safety. Children love to help, especially during the holidays when everything is a source of excitement. But with so much cooking going on, everyone needs to be aware of foodborne illnesses that could spoil an otherwise festive occasion. According to the CDC, 1 in 6 Americans gets sick each...

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Healthy Swimming Pool Hygiene Tips for Families

Written on Jul 1, 2015 in Blog, Swimming

Healthy Swimming Pool Hygiene Tips for Families

For many families, the return of summer means spending quality time enjoying an afternoon at the pool. Before you dive into summer swimming, it’s important to remember that a dip in the pool should be sharing fun – not cooties. To help you out, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has produced a free brochure that offers an honest and scientific look at how germs in the water can spread from sick swimmers – and why good hygiene matters. Here are some of the highlights: The Importance of Good Hygiene Most...

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Colorful Pee in the Pool Myths… Busted!

Written on Jun 30, 2015 in Blog, Swimming

Colorful Pee in the Pool Myths… Busted!

Summer has arrived, and that means it’s time for summer swimming. For moms, it also means that it’s time to remind children not to pee in the pool … even a little. It’s common courtesy and common sense that the pool should be used for swimming and the restroom should be used for peeing. Most public swimming pools also provide showers so you can rinse off sweat and dirt before diving in. Busting the Pool Dye Myth Parents have long tried to keep their children from peeing in the pool by telling them about a chemical in pool water that...

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From Lead to Titanium: The Evolution of Paint

Written on Jun 19, 2015 in Blog

From Lead to Titanium: The Evolution of Paint

One of the quickest, easiest ways to brighten up a room is with a fresh coat of paint. Children love color! They often enjoy helping to select a new shade, especially if it’s for their bedroom. If you are painting a room yourself, you might even consider letting school-age children help– with proper supervision and guidance, of course. Being involved – even if it’s just having a say in the color choice – is something your child will remember and take pride in. Exposing children to paint used to be a point of greater concern....

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