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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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How to Keep Your Vegetable Garden Disease-Free and Growing Strong

Written on Jun 16, 2015 in Blog

How to Keep Your Vegetable Garden Disease-Free and Growing Strong

Planting a backyard garden is a joy for children and moms alike, and spring is the time to get started. Growing your own vegetables can be a family activity, providing an opportunity to bond with your children and teach them about nature. With a successful garden, children can plant the seeds, nurse the seedlings, and watch a tomato go from green to red right on the vine. Children want to see – and eat – the end results of their hard work. That’s why it’s important to make sure you take steps to keep your plants free of disease. Plants...

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Bleach and Children’s Health: Crying Wolf by Crying “Link”

Written on Apr 28, 2015 in Blog, Parenting

Bleach and Children’s Health:  Crying Wolf by Crying “Link”

What does it mean to say that substance “x” is linked to an adverse health effect? Just because two things happen at about the same time does not mean that one of them necessarily caused the other. The website Spurious Correlations makes that point through several examples, such as the close relationship in trends between per capita consumption of cheese and the number of people who died by becoming entangled in their bed sheets. Does anyone actually think there is a cause and effect relationship there? We may hear that “substance x”...

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How to Wash Cloth Diapers with Chlorine Bleach

Written on Mar 23, 2015 in Blog

How to Wash Cloth Diapers with Chlorine Bleach

New moms face a myriad of decisions, one of which is whether to use cloth diapers or disposable diapers. For moms who opt for cloth diapers, chlorine bleach is an effective sanitizing option. In addition to killing germs, chlorine bleach keeps cloth diapers clean and bright. Experts recommend cloth diapers be washed: Separately, without other clothes Before their first use and after each wear Using a mild detergent and only the recommended amount With ½ cup of regular strength bleach (or 1/3 cup of concentrated bleach) Worried about a...

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What Is Mommy Putting In Her Eyes?

Written on Feb 25, 2015 in Blog

What Is Mommy Putting In Her Eyes?

Many moms start their day by groggily inserting soft contacts. It’s a great solution for any woman with less-than-perfect vision and a desire to not have little hands snatching glasses off her face. But chances are your children will see you putting your lenses in and ask, “Mommy, what are you putting in your eyes?” and “Doesn’t that hurt?’’ No, but good questions! You can tell them this little piece of plastic makes you see better, just like eyeglasses. Demonstrate in the palm of your hand how soft lenses can be rolled up and...

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How Sports Helmets Protect Us From Losing Our Heads

Written on Feb 3, 2015 in Blog

How Sports Helmets Protect Us From Losing Our Heads

Many families will soon be gearing up for spring sports, and getting new helmets will be tops on the list. After all, what’s more important than protecting your child’s head? Baseball, softball, lacrosse and football rely on helmets to help keep players safe, but they can also raise a lot of questions from curious kids: What is this helmet made of? What makes it so strong? Will it really protect me? And the one parents dread the most: Why do I have to wear one? The answers… Many of today’s helmets are created from polycarbonate –...

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Fighting Antibiotic Resistance at Home

Written on Jan 20, 2015 in Blog

Fighting Antibiotic Resistance at Home

For many moms, a trip to the doctor often ends with a prescription for an antibiotic medicine that usually does wonders to clear up a child’s strep throat or pneumonia. But health officials are concerned that more disease-causing germs are becoming increasingly resistant to the very weapons – antibiotics – that humans developed to fight them. It is important to use antibiotics appropriately. Growing Threat of Antibiotic Resistance A new report, “Antimicrobial Resistance: Tackling a crisis for the health and wealth of nations,”...

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Flu Symptoms and Prevention Tips: A Mom’s Guide to Influenza

Written on Dec 30, 2014 in Blog

Flu Symptoms and Prevention Tips: A Mom’s Guide to Influenza

Influenza, also known as “flu,” and the holidays don’t mix, so moms need to be extra vigilant in doing everything possible to keep their families healthy, starting now. Symptoms of the Flu You’re feeling tired, your throat is sore and you have a fever. How do you know if you have the flu? Flu symptoms include fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, chills and fatigue. Seasonal influenza is caused by flu viruses that infect the respiratory tract. But unlike other viral infections, like the common cold,...

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