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How To Care For Those Sick With Flu

Here’s a great article from the American Red Cross

“Wash Your Hands As Often As You Can”

Health officials report most of the country is battling a widespread outbreak of the flu and are urging people to get vaccinated now if they haven’t already done so.

With so many people sick, the American Red Cross has steps people should take if they are caring for someone who has the flu.

The flu virus spreads from person-to-person in droplets of coughs or sneezes. The virus can also spread if a person touches droplets on another person or object and then touches their own mouth or nose before washing their hands. To prevent the spread of the flu virus, it is important to remember to wash your hands and cover your cough or sneeze.

WASH YOUR HANDS Washing hands properly is an important step to avoid getting the flu.For visibly soiled hands, first wash with soap and warm water. When using soap and water:

  • Wash for at least 20 seconds, covering the entire hand including fingernails and under jewelry.
  • Rinse and dry thoroughly with a disposable towel.
  • Use the towel to turn off the faucet.
  • If using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer:
  • Rub thoroughly over the entire hand, including nail areas and between the fingers.
  • Continue to rub until the product dries.

SNEEZING AND COUGHING If someone has to cough or sneeze, they should cover their mouth and nose with a tissue and wash their hands afterwards. If they don’t have a tissue, they should cough or sneeze into their elbow or upper arm, not their hands.

TAKING CARE OF THE SICK If caring for someone who has the flu, people should:

  • Disinfect door knobs, switches, handles, toys and other surfaces that everyone touches.
  • Use detergent and very hot water to do dishes and wash clothes. It’s okay to wash everyone’s dishes and clothes together. They should wash their hands after handling dirty laundry.
  • Designate only one adult as the caregiver. People at increased risk of severe illness from the flu should not be caregivers.
  • Deal with crisis situations calmly and confidently to give the best support to the person being cared for.
  • Remember their own needs as well. Practice healthy habits. Eat a balanced diet. Drink plenty of water. Get regular exercise. Get enough sleep and rest.

 If someone is ill, they should:

  • Stay in a room separate from common areas of the home and avoid contact with others as much as possible.
  • Stay at home for at least 24 hours after their fever is gone without using medicine to reduce the fever.
  • Get lots of rest and drink plenty of fluids.
  • Consider wearing a facemask, if available and tolerable, when sharing common spaces with household members.
  • Check with their healthcare provider about whether they should take antiviral medication, or if fever persists, whether antibiotics are needed.

 Information on what to do if someone has the flu is available as part of the freeRed Cross First Aid mobile app available for iPhone and Android devices.You can find more information about how to help keep you and your loved ones protected by visiting


Most Mothers Give Infants Solid Food Too Early

Came across this article online. Interesting discussion about the best age to start an infant on solid food. What do you think? Any comments? Share…

Most Mothers Give Infants Solid Food Too Early

By Rachael Rettner, MyHealthDaily Staff Writer /

u12868682More than a third of U.S. mothers start feeding their infants solid food too soon, a new study finds.

In the study, 40 percent of mothers said they gave their infants solid foods before the age of 4 months, which is earlier than recommended. About 24 percent of mothers who breast-fed, and 53 percent of mothers who formula-fed, gave their babies solid food too early.  Read the rest of this entry »

‘Thigh Gap’: New Teen Body Obsession?

photo of 'thigh gap'I caught this segment on ABC’s Good Morning America this morning. Apparently a ‘thigh gap’ is the latest must have in order to have the “perfect” body. This obsession is rampant among teens and I’m sure tweens too. Unfortunately, these girls don’t realize that 99.9% of the photos they see in magazines have been retouched to death. OK, some women are born that way. I would venture to guess that the majority of us were not. If nothing else this article will give a parent a heads-up on a potential body image issue. 

‘Thigh Gap’: New Teen Body Obsession?

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Dental Injuries In Young Children

Thanks to a very hard fall onto the wooden arm of a couch when I was very little, under two years old, I had all of my front teeth pulled. Needless to say it was a very different kind of face I showed the world for many years to come. I had no front teeth until my second set of teeth finally came in. With great empathy for the topic of this article I just came across, I am sharing some important information about dental injuries in young children.

Dental Injuries in Young Children

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Mom Finds Devastating “Diet List” on 7-Year-Old’s Bedroom Floor

As a mom we are aware of the pressures put on our little girls to be “pretty” and “fit”. You do your best to steer your daughter in the right direction so she makes good choices when it comes to what she eats and her activity level. All the while you think you’re doing the right thing. When do the influences get to be too much? Was it something you said or did? Is someone outside the family making comments that are pushing your daughter to excess? At what age should you start to be concerned about your child’s self image? If nothing else, this article will make you think. It will make you want to pay closer attention to how focused your daughter is on her physical being.

Mom Finds Devastating “Diet List” On 7-Year-Old’s Bedroom Floor

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Protection from Whooping Cough Vaccine (DTaP) Wanes Over Time

I just came across this article from and thought I’d pass along the information…

Protection from Whooping Cough Vaccine (DTaP) Wanes Over Time

by Sharon Mazel

baby_getting_shotYour little one gets vaccinated against whooping cough (pertussis), diphtheria, and tetanus with the DTaP vaccine five times before age six, but a new study published in the journal Pediatrics finds that protection against pertussis starts to weaken just a few years after preschool kids get their final shot and well before children get their recommended booster (called Tdap) at age 11 or 12. Read the rest of this entry »

Vaccines: ‘Shot-Limiting’ On The Rise In Portland, Study Finds

Interesting findings from this study…

Vaccines: ‘Shot-Limiting’ On The Rise In Portland, Study Finds

via The Huffington Post, by Emma Mustich

The medical advances that make young children less susceptible to mumps, polio and other diseases also mean that babies enter the world with a heavy vaccination schedule in store. The CDC suggests that parents bring their babies to the pediatrician for a total of 18 immunizations plus the flu vaccine before they even turn 9 months old.

But a new study of more than 97,700 children from Portland, Oregon, published in the journal Pediatrics, indicates that an increasing number of parents are straying from the CDC’s vaccine plan.

The CDC schedule calls for five or more vaccines per visit at some early childhood appointments, but “shot-limiters” –- children whose parents attempt to control the number of vaccinations they receive –- are becoming more prevalent in Portland, the study says.

The research, which relied on vaccination records gathered through the Oregon ALERT Immunization Information System, found that over the three years between 2006 and 2009, there was a 7 percent increase in shot-limiting for children between 0 and 9 months of age. Whereas only 2.5 percent of the 97,711 children studied were classed as “consistent shot-limiters” – i.e., babies “having no more than 2 vaccine injections on all immunization visits from birth up to 9 months of age” — in 2006, that percentage jumped to 9.5 in 2009. Children who did not receive any vaccines were not included in the study.

Parents with a more by-the-book approach to vaccines — “non-limiters” and “episodic limiters” — took their children for an average of 3.2 injections on each of around three doctor visits, while “consistent shot-limiters” saw the doctor more than four times in the same period, getting only 1-2 shots per visit.

“Shot-limiting” parents do not necessarily seek to limit the aggregate number of vaccines their children receive, but because of their insistence on spreading shots over so many appointments, these parents sometimes simply skip important vaccines, the study found.

The study’s authors named parental skepticism, fear of children’s pain, and “mistrust toward industries and governments associated with vaccination” among reasons why parents might postpone or avoid shots. They added that “media attention regarding vaccine safety issues likely contributed to the observed increase in shot-limiting in 2007.”

On its Vaccines & Immunizations site, the CDC recognizes that some of the diseases babies are immunized against are “becoming very rare” -– but says it’s still important for children to get the recommended shots:

Even if there are only a few cases of disease today, if we take away the protection given by vaccination, more and more people will be infected and will spread disease to others. Soon we will undo the progress we have made over the years.

Finally, the authors of the Pediatrics study note that ignoring the accepted vaccination schedule can be dangerous: “Delaying receipt of vaccines will unnecessarily increase the amount of time children are susceptible to vaccine-preventable diseases; there are known risks to the child but no known benefits associated with use of alternative schedules.”



How a Social Network Helps Families Coping With Autism

This is a great article I found on Mashable.

How A Social Network Helps Families Coping With Autism, by Matt Petronzio6


Parents with child on laptop

Autism Awareness Month may be coming to a close, but by using the social network MyAutismTeam, parents of children with autism spectrum disorder can spread awareness and find support throughout the year.

MyAutismTeam is a part of the MyHealthTeams network, online communities for people living with or caring for those with chronic health conditions. On the network, users share information about the members of their support teams — parents, specialists, businesses — with other users looking for the same.
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Online Therapy Program to Help Fight Autism

I came across this article via Mashable and thought I’d share…

Online Therapy Program to Help Fight Autism

by Samantha Murphy

Skills for Autism

Research shows that nearly half of kids with autism can make improvements toward recovery by undergoing therapy in the early stages of their development.

But one-on-one therapy can be extremely costly and go on for years, and access to good treatment can sometimes to be limited to certain cities and regions.

To help kids fight autism, the Tarzana, Calif.-based Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) has put its intensive therapy program online to train parents and educators worldwide on how to best teach kids autistic children the skills they need. Read the rest of this entry »

12 Kids’ Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

Came across this article today and thought it was worthy of sharing…  It contains great information for new parents and serves as a great reminder for veteran parents. You may think you’ve seen it all, but it doesn’t hurt to refresh your mind when it comes to your kid’s health. I would even recommend this article to babysitters. It might help them recognize symptoms they wouldn’t normally spot and prevent a health issue from becoming an emergency.

If you’ve had experiences with any of these health problems and want to share, leave a comment.


The wait-and-see approach is fine for some kids’ health problems. But not these.

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