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Hands-on-Habitat Gets Windy!

Have you ever heard the little nursery rhyme that goes:

March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers

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Do You Want to Build a Snowman?

I love snowmen. You can make them different sizes, and decorate them all different ways.

I'm going to show you how to make your own snowman indoors.

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Treating Whooping Cough in Kids

Whooping cough, or pertussis, is a bacterial infection with primarily respiratory symptoms. Its ability to easily spread through physical contact and coughing or sneezing makes it highly contagious. While it is not as pervasive as it once was thanks to the rising use of vaccinations, there is still a chance your child may be infected by unvaccinated children at school or elsewhere.

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How To Stop A Whooping Cough Outbreak Before It Starts

In 2012, the United States experienced its highest outbreak of whooping cough (pertussis) since the 1950s with over 40,000 cases reported. That number was drastically reduced by more than half in 2015 thanks to increased education and adoption of vaccinations for infants.

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3 Activities For Snowed-in Parents

As I sit here at my computer, looking out the window at the melting piles of snow on the ground, while both of my children learn very important things at school, I can't help but reflect on the days when there were piles of snow on the ground… and they were NOT in school.

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A Chubby Baby Is Not A Sign Of Obesity

With childhood obesity on the rise, should parents worry about the weight of their babies?

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Car Seat Safety Guide for New Parents

As much of a struggle as it can be to wrestle your child into his or her car seat, the importance of your child's safety in a vehicle cannot be ignored.

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Conquering Cabin Fever and Beating the Winter Blues

In late December it snowed six inches and I stood at the window, surveying the drifts while my kids ran circles around me. I’d already been stuck in the house with work projects all week and I was dying to get out. And it wasn’t just me: even the kids had cabin fever. They screeched at each other and clung about my feet; high on boredom and drunk on monotony.

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Stormy's February Update!

Hello, friends!

Welcome to the last month of the offseason without a Storm Chasers game in it! Next month, on March 26th, is our Exhibition Game against the Kansas City Royals here at Werner Park! I’ll hit you with more about that next month. ?

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Treating Children with OTC Drugs

Just because some medications are available without a prescription doesn’t mean they are safe for all ages.

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A Valentine's Day Family Dinner: Lasagna Roll Ups

Valentine's Day, a day meant for love. There are all these romantic notions associated with February 14, but as parents, we know not to get our hopes up. You won't find me in a red dress with heels on. Instead, I will be celebrating this day of love as an entire family. I will be wearing my favorite slippers and cooking up a storm with my family. My hot Valentine's date can wait until after February 14 when the wait-times aren't as long and bouquets of roses are cheaper.

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Love in the Forest at Hands-on-Habitat

When February rolls around, we start thinking about pink and red hearts and the ones we love. Animals don't celebrate Valentine's Day, but they do love their families and show affection in different ways. On the February 16th Hands-on-Habitat, we will discover Love in the Forest.

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Snow Angel Craft

Omaha hasn't had much snow yet. Hopefully we will soon, so kids can enjoy all the fun snow-related activities like sledding, building snow forts and creating real snow angels.

If your child is like mine, and can't wait for more snow there is a fun activity they can do inside to make a snow angel.

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Pros and Cons of Circumcision

Circumcision is a surgical procedure which removes the skin (foreskin) from tip of the penis. Typically, circumcision is performed by a doctor in the first few days of a baby boy’s life if the baby is in a stable condition.

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Newborn Physical Exams

When your baby is born, they will go through a series of assessments that will check their health and measure any potential problems. These assessments include Apgar scoring, physical measurements and physical exams. All of these exams have been designed so that nurses and physicians can keep a close eye on your baby’s well being during those important first few hours after birth.

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