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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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Is It Okay to Pee in the Ocean vs. Pool?

Written on Oct 16, 2014 in Blog, Swimming

Is It Okay to Pee in the Ocean vs. Pool?

A popular sign posted by owners at some swimming pools reads: “Welcome to our –OOL. Notice there’s no P in it. Let’s keep it that way.” The sign is humorous, but the message is serious: You really should not pee in the pool. On the other hand, it’s just fine to pee in the ocean. Why the difference? The Water Health and Quality Council has gone straight to chemists, toxicologists and Ph.Ds. to explain why. One reason is that the ocean is so enormous, so anyone peeing in it is adding, well, a drop in the ocean. The size of the...

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4 Popular Swimming Pool Myths… Busted

Written on Aug 27, 2014 in Blog

4 Popular Swimming Pool Myths… Busted

While Labor Day weekend is typically considered the end of “swimming pool season,” many communities across the nation are still suffering from sweltering temperatures—a situation that can be resolved easily with a quick dip in the pool. Over the summer, we’ve seen the Internet swimming with myths about pools. How do you know what’s true and what’s not? Here are four common pool myths and facts that moms need to know. Myth #1: The heavy chlorine smell around a pool tells you that there is too much chlorine in the water. Fact: A...

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Chikungunya Virus: 5 Tips for Avoiding the Mosquito-Borne Illness

Written on Aug 19, 2014 in Blog

Chikungunya Virus: 5 Tips for Avoiding the Mosquito-Borne Illness

Does your family enjoy spending summer evenings outside? While a sunset barbecue or picnic may sound like fun, there’s nothing worse than having your party crashed by a swarm of pesky mosquitoes. In addition to carrying West Nile, these irritating bugs also spread a viral infection known as chikungunya (pronounced: \chik-en-gun-ye). This exotic-sounding disease can cause high fever in addition to joint and muscle pain. According to the CDC, chikungunya is rarely deadly and most people feel better within a week, but for some, joint pain may...

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Spring Cleaning Checklist: Patio and Outdoor Tips

Written on Jun 3, 2014 in Blog

Spring Cleaning Checklist: Patio and Outdoor Tips

With the weather getting warmer, my kids can’t wait to be outdoors in the yard and on the patio – but there are a few things we need to do to get ready for warm-weather outdoor living. Now is the time to clean up your living space outdoors. Here are five areas to keep in mind: 1) Windows  Take the screens off and hose them down gently or wash with a mild soap and water solution. Wash windows outside the house with a squirt of dishwashing liquid and water, or you can use outdoor window detergent that attaches to your garden hose. The pros...

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