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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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Fun Gingerbread Cookie Recipe for Mommy Baking Time

Written on Dec 22, 2014 in Blog, Recipes

Fun Gingerbread Cookie Recipe for Mommy Baking Time

Cookie baking is a great way to spend quality time with your kids during the holidays. Children love to help in the kitchen, and even the littlest chefs can help stir, pour and certainly decorate with a little guidance. One of our favorite recipes is one for gingerbread people. With some imagination, you can decorate an entire gingerbread family. Another fun idea is to make a cookie representing the character from the classic tale The Gingerbread Man. Better yet, sit down and read the book with your children before baking. Kids love the...

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Thanksgiving Safety Tips: How to Protect Your Kitchen From Foodborne Germs

Written on Nov 22, 2014 in Blog

Thanksgiving Safety Tips: How to Protect Your Kitchen From Foodborne Germs

File this under “You Might Be Concerned About the Wrong Thing” this Thanksgiving: A national survey found more Americans (37 percent) are worried about becoming sick of an annoying relative than getting sick from the food at the table (31 percent). But annoying or not, your eccentric aunt won’t send you to the hospital – but improperly cooked food or the invisible foodborne germs on your kitchen counter might. One in five Americans (22 percent) admits their kitchen would fail a food safety inspection, according to a survey sponsored by...

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Concentrated Bleach Lightens Your Load

Written on Oct 30, 2014 in Blog

Concentrated Bleach Lightens Your Load

Chlorine bleach, the go-to product to whiten clothes and destroy germs in the laundry, now comes in a concentrated form. That’s good news for moms – and the environment. The new high-strength product comes in a smaller container, which takes up less space on your laundry room shelf for the same number of washings. These containers also cut down on packaging waste. It’s a similar idea as the smaller, more concentrated containers of laundry detergent popping up lately on store shelves. Concentrated bleach is an 8.25 percent solution of...

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Protecting Against Germs at the County Fair

Written on Oct 23, 2014 in Blog

Protecting Against Germs at the County Fair

In communities all across our nation, the county fair remains a time-honored tradition for many families to enjoy rides, see farm animals, participate in games and contests – and, of course, eat food. But that can create challenges for moms trying to keep their families healthy. Here are some ways to minimize the spread of germs while at the fair: Preventing Flu Between People and Pigs Moms taking their families to the fair need to be on guard for the risk of picking up a strain of flu by exposure to pigs. This is something we wrote about...

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