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Taming the Itch of Eczema

When your child has a rash - or a red, dry patch of skin it can be concerning. For many children, itchy, red skin is a sign of atopic dermatitis - otherwise known as eczema. This condition is most common in babies and children - but it can develop at any age.

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Is My Child Ready for Kindergarten?

Is my child ready to enter kindergarten early - or should I wait? Should I 'red-shirt' my child for another year before he enters kindergarten to let him 'catch up?' Parents wrestle with when to enter children - and the answer is much more complex than just looking at their birthday and academics.

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Keep Your Child Safe Around Medications

Medication can aid tremendously in helping your child overcome an illness. However, medication taken in the wrong way can be very dangerous. 1 in 67 children will visit the emergency department for an unintentional medication overdose by the age of 5. Learn steps you can take to keep your children safe around medications.

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Eliminating Unwanted Habits

Many children develop unwanted habits. You can eliminate these - but it takes practice - and patience.

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Spring Allergy Battle Plan

With spring come daffodils, April showers and for some of us - sneezing. Spring allergies cause many of us to suffer with symptoms like stuffy nose, itchy eyes and sneezing. You can, however, prepare yourself and your family to lessen the symptoms and ease the discomfort.

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Notes from a Childcare Director

Ring, Ring "Your child is ill…please pick her up" – The Child Care Director

The child care center's phone number pops up on my caller ID and my first thought is, "you have got to be kidding me". As a parent of two, I can tell you I have had my fair share of sick days for my daughters. Children are good at catching illness (and spreading illness to others) many times throughout the year. Most parents only have a certain number of sick and vacation days, and they rely on child care to…Actually. Provide. Care.

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New Parent's Back Ache

New parents struggle with back pain all too often. What are the common reasons - and how can a parent prevent the ache?

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Is this a Cold - or the Flu?

Flu season is here. If you or your child starts to feel sick, how can you tell if it is a cold - or the flu? And then - what can you do?

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Germs Are Everywhere: How To Stay Safe.

Your body may need to fight over 1,500 viruses this winter - and those germs that cause these are everywhere. How do you keep your kids - and you - safe from everything from the common cold to flu? The solution is easier than you may think!

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Less Stress - More Happy This Holiday Season

It's almost here – the holidays. But, for some people, it isn't all mistletoe and happiness. According to the American Psychological Association, 8 out of 10 adults anticipate stress with the holidays. Holiday stress can contribute to a host of ills – from allergies to headaches, sleep disorders and upset stomachs.

Here are a few tips to help keep stress lowered – and increase holiday happiness:

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10 Outdoor Safety Cleanup Rules

The Leaves are falling and it's time for those outdoor chores. Outdoor chores are a great assignment for children of all ages. By keeping safety in mind, your whole family can work together.

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Solving Toddler Sleep Problems

From 6 to 18 months of age children show rapid advances in growth and independence. This stage of development sometimes sets up a 'perfect storm' for sleep problems to develop. During this time you frequently have a sleep-deprived parent and an independent child - but, there are steps you can take to help both avoid sleep issues.

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Natural Products Not Necessarily Safe

It is tempting to assume homeopathic, natural products are safe to consume because they "come from nature."  However, products derived from a natural plant or animal source are not necessarily free of side effects - or totally safe.

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Halloween is the Most Dangerous Day of the Year for Child-Pedestrians

According to the CDC, children are four times more likely to be struck by a car on Halloween than on any other day of the year. For adults and children – Halloween is one of the top 3 days for pedestrian injuries according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 

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When Your Baby Cries

Your baby is born with the ability to cry, overtime they will learn to self-regulate their emotions but until then this is the way they communicate. You will soon learn the difference between cries as being hunger, fatigue or discomfort. Crying can be considered one of the most important emotions an infant has.

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