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Kid’s Health & Safety

Drink Water!

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WE ASK:With more than 200 different kinds of energy and sports drinks available to kids, what can possibly be so bad about them? “Sugar!” says Jill Obremsky, M.D., an instructor of emergency medicine at Vanderbilt.  The recent study that caused the American Academy of Pediatrics to launch new recommendations against energy drinks (like Monster and… Read more »

Parents, Cell Phones … and Neglect

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Multi-tasking parents are taking care of kids and hobnobbing with their smart phones at the same time. WE ASK: Is it good for kids if parents are constantly putting them off for their phones? Parents are high-tech jugglers these days, managing kids, family life and … smartphones.  But our 21st century habits might not be… Read more »

Why Wear a Helmet?

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that more than 3.5 million kids are treated for sports-related injuries annually, while nearly half of the injuries are preventable, says Safe Kids USA. Parents can take steps to help kids prevent sports injuries. The American Academy of Pediatrics (healthychildren.org) suggests the following tips for athletic kids…. Read more »

For Childhood’s Sake: Bring Back Play!

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If you’re not limiting your children’s gaming and other screen time, Moms and Dads, you should be: Studies and statistics show that the culture of play in the United States is vanishing, and that’s not a healthy thing for kids. According to the Kaiser Family Foundation in 2010, children spent seven hours and 38 minutes… Read more »

Home Safe home

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Indoors or out – keep up with child safety at your house! Indoors Children are a wonderful part of life. Their day-to-day life is an adventure. These grand experiences are always fun, but there are those moments when parenthood gets tough. Your baby is learning how to crawl or your toddler is testing his strength…. Read more »

National Nutrition Month: Veggie Up!

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Do you and your children eat enough fruits and veggies?  Find out at the Centers for Disease Control’s website, fruitsandveggiesmatter.gov.  The site offers interactive tools to help you determine how many fruits and veggies you and your family need each day. You can also build a typical breakfast, lunch or dinner at “Analyze My Plate”… Read more »

Energy Drinks & Kids Just Say “No”

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We’ve written here before about the negative mix of energy drinks and kids – do kids REALLY need all that sugar and caffeine?  Now there’s more reason for concern.  The popular highly-caffeinated drinks are especially risky for kids with heart abnormalities, diabetes, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder or other emotional problems, say authors of a study that… Read more »

Colic: Probiotics For Babies?

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Could a higher level of tummy-friendly bacteria make a difference to a colicky baby?  In two separate studies involving babies with colic (one study done in 2007, the other in 2010) some breastfed infants were given simethicone, a medication that reduces gas; other infants were given a supplement containing L. reuteri, one of the beneficial… Read more »

Fever: How to Treat Your Child

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You can tell your child has a fever the second you touch her forehead.  That tell-tale heat that won’t go away let’s you know it’s real. First, know that the fever is a symptom, not a disease.  But what’s going on that’s causing it?

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