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How to Stay Healthy This Winter

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Feb 17, 2021 @ 06:45 PM

Keeping your family healthy during the winter can seem like a challenge, but this winter especially. So, how can everyone in your household stay healthy in the midst of flu season and a pandemic? Let’s take a look.

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Topics: Health Tips

Vitamins and Kids: What to Know

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Sep 20, 2017 @ 08:00 AM

If your preschooler is a picky eater, first know you’re not alone. Children of this age often are selective about what they eat, so having a child who only wants to eat mac-and-cheese and applesauce is not unusual. Next, consider these tips for expanding your child’s food preferences, along with information about whether vitamin supplements can fill nutritional gaps. Here’s what to know about vitamins and kids.

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Topics: Child Nutrition, Health Tips

Teaching Preschoolers NOT to Share — Germs, That Is

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Nov 23, 2016 @ 08:30 AM

As parents, you probably spend plenty of time teaching your young child to share. After all, “Sharing teaches children about compromise. They learn that if we give a little to others, we can get some of what we want as well. Children who share also learn how to take turns and negotiate, and how to cope with disappointment. These are all really important life skills.”

Those are good reasons, indeed, to teach your child to share. So, can you really blame your preschooler if, as he starts to give his sister a sip from his juice box, he’s confused when you stop him? How can you possibly explain the difference between good sharing and the type that spreads colds and other illnesses? Here are tips for teaching preschoolers about germs— and you can even make it fun!

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Topics: Learning, Preschool, Health Tips

How to Raise a Fit Preschooler

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Apr 20, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

If your preschooler has so much energy that he or she sometimes seems to bounce off the walls, know that it isn’t unusual. But if you have a calmer, quieter preschooler—or one who loves to watch television, play video games and the like—you may wonder how much physical activity is necessary to be healthy and fit. Good question! According to KidsHealth, it’s recommended that each day, a preschooler gets:

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Topics: Activities for Children, Health Tips

More about Keeping Your Child Healthy During Cold and Flu Season

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Jan 20, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

Cold and flu viruses strike more often during the winter. In fact, “flu” is the shortened version of the virus name, influenza—and the word “influenza” probably came from the Italian “influenza di freddo,” which translates into “influence of the cold.”

As The New York Times points out, the flu virus is more stable and stays in the air longer when the air is cold and dry. The low humidity of winter weather actually allows the flu virus to float, making it easier to spread.  And, recently, a study by a Yale professor revealed that the rhinovirus, the most frequent cause of the common cold, can reproduce more readily in colder temperatures.

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Topics: Health Tips

Keeping Your Preschooler Healthy This Winter

Posted by Dave Smith on Wed, Dec 02, 2015 @ 08:30 AM

Each year, cold, flu and other viruses make their way across the region—and, although there isn’t a foolproof way to prevent your child from catching a bug, there are helpful strategies. First, though, Baby Center lists methods that aren’t effective.

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Topics: Preschool, Health Tips

Good Hygiene Habits for Preschoolers

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Sep 23, 2015 @ 08:00 AM

As young children grow, they spend more and more time in group situations – and, while there are plenty of benefits to this growing socialization, your child will be exposed to increasing numbers of germs, especially during the cold and flu season. So, before your child heads off to preschool, make sure that he or she is hygiene savvy. You obviously don’t have to wait until he or she is that age to work on these skills, but reinforcement is recommended before preschool starts.

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Topics: Preschool, Health Tips

How to Teach Children Good Hand Washing Hygiene in Flu Season

Posted by David Smith on Wed, Dec 03, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

Kids get into many different situations whether at school, home, or participating in programs. With this in mind, it's important they understand the importance of keeping their hands clean.

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Topics: Child Behavior, Health Tips

Should My Children Under 10 Get a Flu Shot?

Posted by David Smith on Tue, Dec 02, 2014 @ 09:45 AM

There are three types of viruses that cause influenza, the A and B types cause the yearly outbreaks that we are accustomed to hearing about via the news; there is also a type C virus is that is responsible for mild illnesses.

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Topics: Child Behavior, Health Tips

In a Rush? Your Child Will Love Breakfast for Dinner

Posted by David Smith on Mon, Nov 17, 2014 @ 09:00 AM

When you’ve had a long day, still have evening carpools to drive and the kids start whining that they’re “starving” the minute you walk in the door, taking even 30 minutes to fix dinner can be too long. Tired parents and whining kids are a recipe for dinnertime disaster. Turn the family mood around by serving breakfast for dinner and watch your kids smile!

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Topics: Child Nutrition, Health Tips

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