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Kid’s Health & Safety

Sleep When Baby Sleeps?

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During your infant’s first year, you may be tempted to use your Baby’s frequent napping to get home chores and other things done, but think again.  YOU need sleep, too.  According to a recent report out of West Virginia’s Department of Psychology, the fragmented sleep you are getting may be inefficient for your overall well… Read more »

Mom Moments: Don’t Cry Over It!

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What mom isn’t in need of a pick-me-up from time to time? Enter Spilt Milk: Devotions for Moms (Zondervan; $12.99) by Linda Vujnov. This new book includes brief stories and meditations – at times poignant, at times hilarious – to bring you into the here-and-now by helping you gain important perspective. When Mom’s happy, everyone… Read more »

Cold or Flu? … Sore Throat or Strep?

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Wondering if you have a simple cold on your hands, or something more serious, like the flu or strep throat?  Here are some signs to look for.  According to Gurpreet Thind, M.D.: Viral sore throats: Tend to be associated with upper respiratory symptoms like a runny nose, nasal congestion and cough, and may be associated… Read more »

Dressing for the Weather

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Colder weather is on its way, so here are some tips from the American Academy of Pediatricians (aap.org) to help you dress your child for the outdoors: Wear a hood, hat, scarf or face mask as most heat loss is at the head. Keep feet dry with waterproof boots over shoes. Wear a thermal knit… Read more »

Swim Suitable

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It’s swimsuit season. Joy of joys. Hallelujah. I get to put on a swimsuit. I’d rather change the diaper of a toddler who just ate three ears of corn. I’d rather pull a splinter out of a screaming child’s toe while he kicks me with the good leg. I’d rather spend the afternoon with my… Read more »

Preventing Silent Shame

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It’s something no one wants to think about. It’s uncomfortable and filled with the idea of shame. But, as you read this article, a sexual predator has identified his next victim. As you consider this, remember that panic and denial are not the answers. Awareness and monitoring are the keys to keeping your children safe.

Living with a Serious Illness

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When a child is gravely sick, the most redemptive power comes from friends and family who stay involved to stick it through. Do you remember being sick as a kid? You felt cruddy, you had to take disgusting medicine and worst of all, you couldn’t play with your friends. The decadent thrill of staying home… Read more »

The Waiting Game

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On most days, the furthest thing from my mind is my child being different from any other. We laugh and play together, and even bandage changes are so routine it feels like a “normal” thing to do.

On Being Different

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On most days, the furthest thing from my mind is my child being different from any other. We laugh and play together, and even bandage changes are so routine it feels like a “normal” thing to do.

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