Section: Parents - posted in 2016

  • What Are Germs?

    What Are Germs? The term "germs" refers to the microscopic bacteria, viruses, fungi, and protozoa that can cause disease. Washing hands well and often is the most important thing your family can do to prevent germs from leading to infections and sickness. Types of Germs Bacteria are tiny, single-celled organisms that get nutrients from their environments. In some cases, that environment is your child or some ...
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  • Food Safety for Your Family

    Food Safety for Your Family You read labels, buy fresh foods, and do your best to prepare tasty meals for your family. But one thing that might not cross your mind as you cook is food safety. Why is food safety so important? Proper food preparation protects against foodborne illnesses from bacteria such as E. coli, Salmonella, Campylobacter, and Listeria (which can cause diarrhea, fever, abdominal cramps, nausea, vomiting, ...
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  • Keeping Portions Under Control

    Keeping Portions Under Control Bagels as big as frisbees. Muffins the size of flower pots. Bowls of pasta so deep, your fork can barely find the bottom. It's not surprising that waistlines of kids and adults have been expanding over the last few decades. Part of the problem is undoubtedly what families eat — too much saturated fat, too much sugar, and not enough nutrients. But another part has as much to do with ...
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  • 10 Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in Elementary School

    10 Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in Elementary School Support from parents is key to helping kids do well academically. Here are 10 ways parents can put their kids on track to be successful students. 1. Attend Back-to-School Night and Parent-Teacher Conferences Kids do better in school when parents are involved in their academic lives. Attending back-to-school night at the start of the school year is a great way to get to know your child's teacher ...
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  • 10 Ways to Help Your Teen Succeed in High School

    10 Ways to Help Your Teen Succeed in High School Parents can play a vital role in helping teens succeed in school by being informed and lending a little support and guidance. Even though teens are seeking independence, parental involvement is an important ingredient for academic success. Here are 10 ways to keep your teen on track to succeed in high school. 1. Attend Back-to-School Night and Parent-Teacher Conferences Teens do better in school ...
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  • 10 Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in Middle School

    10 Ways to Help Your Child Succeed in Middle School Parental support plays an important part in helping preteens and teens succeed in middle school. But as students grow more independent during these years, it can be hard for parents to know which situations call for involvement and which call for a more behind-the-scenes approach. Here are 10 ways to keep your child on track for academic success in middle school. 1. Attend Back-to-School Night and ...
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  • Safety Tips: Baseball

    Safety Tips: Baseball There's a reason why baseball has been called our national pastime for decades. It's as American as hot dogs and apple pie. It's been a summer tradition in big cities and little towns across the U.S.A. for generations. It's a great team sport, and it's fun. Why Baseball Safety Is Important Baseball is by no means a dangerous sport. But it can present a very real risk of injuries from things like ...
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  • Heart and Circulatory System

    Heart and Circulatory System With each heartbeat, blood is sent throughout our bodies, carrying oxygen and nutrients to every cell. Every day, the approximately 10 pints (5 liters) of blood in your body travel many times through about 60,000 miles (96,560 kilometers) of blood vessels that branch and cross, linking the cells of our organs and body parts. About the Heart and Circulatory System The circulatory system is composed ...
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  • What Is "PANS"?

    What Is A child at my son's school was recently diagnosed with something called "PANS." What is this? – Winni PANS stands for P ediatric A cute-onset N europsychiatric S yndrome. Researchers are only beginning to study and understand this syndrome, so there are a lot of unanswered questions about what it is and what causes it. What we do know is that kids with PANS have severe symptoms of ...
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  • Nursing Positions

    Nursing Positions Getting Comfortable If you're a first-time parent, breastfeeding your newborn may seem complicated until you've had some practice. But a little preparation can help you feel more comfortable. Before you begin nursing, take a look at your surroundings. Many mothers like to sit in a glider or in a cozy chair with armrests. Footstools and pillows can provide extra support (try donut-type nursing ...
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