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The Self-Esteem Shield

Parents are powerful influences in helping their children develop self-esteem as they grow. Research shows that adolescents who grow up with high self-esteem are less likely to abuse drugs or drink compared to kids who grow up without a sense of self-worth.

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The Best Way to Stay Hydrated

When the temperature goes up, so do our hydration needs.

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Food Safety on Vacation

Vacations are a time to relax, be revitalized, and if you are adventuresome, enjoy new places. Millions of travelers will take to the road in cars or recreation vehicles, before landing in their final destination. No matter how far or near you travel, there is always one thing that every traveler has in common – FOOD. And just because you are on vacation doesn't mean you can take time out from food safety.

There are four simple steps to food safety - clean, chill, separate, cook - that apply to the road, as well as, home.

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Does My Child Have Mumps?

As a parent, you may worry that your child could contract this illness, now with confirmed cases in several states. Once very common, the illness has been diagnosed for decades. In the early 1960s, hundreds of thousands of cases were reported each year. By 2012, the cases of mumps diagnosed in the United States decreased to its lowest number at 229.

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Keeping Your Child Safe From Mumps

Mumps was once a common illness. Prior to 1957, most adults contracted the illness. In 1964 there were 186,000 cases reported in the United States. However, by 2012 the number of reported cases of mumps had been reduced to just 229.

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6 Teen Driving Hazards

Parents can make a big difference in keeping a teen driver safe. Here are 6 key driving hazards to be aware of.

 

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How To Identify, Treat, and Cure Blisters in Children

Blisters appear as circular, fluid-filled bumps on the skin. Blisters are very common in both children and adults. Luckily, they are relatively easy to identify and cure.

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Avoid a Sports Overuse Injury

Is your child athletic? Great! Participating in sports can encourage a lifelong love of exercise. There are also benefits to your child’s physical and mental well-being.

While children are recommended to get at least 60 minutes of exercise each day, be aware of your child causing an overuse injury. 

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Is this Fifth Disease?

Fifth disease is a viral infection caused by the human parvovirus B19. It is most common in school age children during the winter and spring months.

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5 Ways to Lower Allergy Symptoms

During the spring months plants begin to grow again and for those of us allergic to their pollen, these months can be miserable. 

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Button Cell Battery Dangers

Button-style batteries are found in many of our household items. Remote controls, key fobs, singing cards are a few common areas. These small batteries pose a big hazard, however.

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OTC Fever Meds - 8 Things to Know

Your little one has a fever and you want to give him something to help keep him comfortable. Should be simple, right? Well, unfortunately, the dosages and strengths of many over-the-counter pain medications for children are confusing.

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10 Steps for Safe Playground Fun

I recommend 60 minutes of exercise each day for children and playgrounds offer a great source of fresh air and exercise. Playgrounds are not without danger, however.

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Do I Really Need a Birth Plan?

Whether this is your first or fourth child, a birth plan can be a great tool for your baby’s delivery.

Not every birth can go as you plan. So, why take the time to create a birth plan - and when should it be used?

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Easing a Cold

Kids are sick twice as much as adults on average. How can a parent help?

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