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Kid’s Health & Safety

Revealing Flu Facts

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Flu season is still in full swing, so arm yourself with a few facts from John Bruns, M.D., of Queen City Physicians to keep you and yours healthy! CF: What’s the main reason children end up hospitalized for the flu, and how can a parent prevent that from happening? JB: Influenza is a respiratory illness…. Read more »

Save Your Skin

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Between the cold outside and the heat inside, your children’s skin can suffer damage. Keep everyone’s faces, fingers and feet in good shape: • Moisturize: Apply oil-based moisturizer on kids’ faces as a protective layer and to help skin retain more moisture. • Sunscreen: Winter sun can be just as damaging to skin as the… Read more »

Babies need tummy time!

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But remember, when it’s sleeping time, Baby should still be on his back. Since the American Academy of Pediatric’s successful “Back to Sleep” campaign began in 1992, there’s been a decrease in the amount of SIDS-related deaths, says Daniel Cross, president of A Step Ahead Pediatric Therapy in Crestview Hill, KY.  But babies now are… Read more »

Candy & Food Allergies

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Halloween’s indeed scary if you have a child with a serious food allergy. Since candy and holiday treats are available everywhere for the taking, it’s important for families to be more vigilant about it. According to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC), the most common food allergies are milk, egg, peanut, tree nut, fish, shellfish,… Read more »

Power Breakfast?

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Is it dumb to let kids skip the morning meal? Probably. Remember simpler mornings of not too long ago? Sitting, chatting and nibbling, reading the paper, feeding the baby. That’s so over. Now, parents wake up around 5 a.m. to check e-mail, Facebook and Twitter accounts while kids start with text messages, video games and… Read more »

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 »

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