Put down the screen, and put on your shoes!

Screen Free Week 2014

Screen Free Week 2014With all the technological advances, easily connecting people to the web, it’s no surprise that many people are spending too much time with screens. Kids may spend precious hours after school and on the weekends on the TV, computer, tablet and phone screens, rather than playing, socializing and being physically active with peers or siblings, or even sleeping.

The American Academy of Pediatrics highly recommends no more than two hours of screen time per day. The content should be educational, non-violent and supervised by parents. It is important for parents to keep this in mind and track their kids’ screen time, then encourage activity when their time is up.

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Cold Season 2014

Sick Child

Sick ChildWe are in the throes of “sick season”:  children with colds, ear infections, flu-like illness, pneumonia and, of course, the actual flu.

The drugstores are busy with families coming in to fill prescriptions and also to shop for over-the-counter medications to help alleviate all the yucky symptoms that come with this season.

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High Chair Safety

High Chair Safety

As a mother, I remember highchair time all too clearly.   Indeed, for a certain period, we had 2 highchairs at our dinner table!  I remember how hectic mealtimes can be with the family. And, there are times as parents, we sometimes don’t realize (or admittedly don’t always think) about how mobile our little ones really can be.

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The Sticky Truth About Ear Wax

Toddler boy

Many of us use cotton swabs (commonly called Q-tips) inside our ears to clean out wax and water. And, well-intended parents may actually use the swabs on their children’s ears as well. The problem is that using the swabs can actually cause injury, or create an even bigger problem – impacted wax.

Earwax actually has several important jobs for which you might want to keep it around. It protects and moisturizes the skin of the canal, preventing itchy/flaky/dandruff-like ears. Additionally, it contains special chemicals that help fight infections. And, when dust and dirt enter your ear, earwax serves as a sticky shield, preventing debris from traveling further.

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Celebrate Happy Hearts

February is known to be the month of love. The month of roses, I love you’s and conversation candy hearts. Everyone knows this. But few people know that February is Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Month. And why would you unless you were personally affected? I was uninformed until my daughter, Harper, was born with a complete AV Canal Defect and Down syndrome, in August 2011. Now we celebrate February 1st by wearing red for heart disease awareness and celebrate World Down syndrome Day on March 21st.

These celebrations wouldn’t have meant anything to me 2 years ago. I was early in my pregnancy in February 2011 and selfishly unaware of Congenital Heart Defect Awareness month. And also unaware that, my newly created daughter, was going to be born with defects.

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