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A Mom’s Guide to Produce Safety: How to Eat Your Greens Without Turning Green

Written on Apr 22, 2016 in Blog

A Mom’s Guide to Produce Safety: How to Eat Your Greens Without Turning Green

Fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet, especially for growing children. Unfortunately, harmful foodborne germs like Salmonella, E. coli, and Listeria can contaminate fresh produce. According to a study by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), produce accounts for 46 percent of all foodborne illness outbreaks, more than twice the rate of meat and poultry (22 percent). After all that hard work to convince your little ones to eat their greens, the last thing you want is for them to get sick. What can...

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Are Easter Eggs Safe to Eat? 5 Important Safety Tips Moms Should Know

Written on Mar 22, 2016 in Blog

Are Easter Eggs Safe to Eat? 5 Important Safety Tips Moms Should Know

Is your family looking forward to dyeing Easter eggs and taking part in an Easter egg hunt this year? With so many egg-citing activities just around the corner, now is a great time for moms to brush up on Easter egg safety so they can protect their families from foodborne illnesses. Shopping for Easter Eggs Purchase eggs that are stored in a refrigerated case. Before placing it in your cart or shopping basket, open the carton and check for clean, unbroken shells. The egg carton should include a USDA grade shield and a “sell by” date that...

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Zika Virus: What Pregnant Women Need to Know

Written on Mar 2, 2016 in Blog

Zika Virus: What Pregnant Women Need to Know

Pregnant? Planning for a baby? You may be wondering if you should be worried about the Zika virus. You’re not alone. Millions of women want to know more about this virus – and more importantly, what they can do to protect themselves and their expected bundles of joy. Transmitted primarily by mosquitoes, Zika has spread across Latin America and some of the Caribbean, and several travel-associated cases have been confirmed in the United States. Concerns for Pregnant Women Pregnant women who are infected with the Zika virus can transmit it to...

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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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