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Educational DIY Toys for Babies

If you have a little spare time plus or minus a hot glue gun you too can foster your baby’s development using household items and a few craft supplies.  The best baby toys stimulate multiple senses simultaneously: they may be colorful, make sounds, and offer a variety of textures. Babies especially enjoy toys they can pick up and manipulate. Most important, however, is your involvement. Babies learn best when you’re engaged and talking to them.

Parents, here’s a list of toys you can make for your child to make child development a bit more fun. Read below to see what you need and how the toy will help aid in his/her development. Get the full directions on how to make these educational toys at: http://bit.ly/IKPt7p .

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Don’t forget to visit http://bit.ly/IKPt7p for the full instructions on how to make the toys pictured above.
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Concussions in Children

Concussions are tricky. Because concussion victims look deceptively healthy, it can be hard for adults and even the kids themselves to judge the true severity of their injuries. The good news is that parents, teachers, and coaches are taking concussions more seriously than ever before. But we still have a lot to learn about the best steps to ensure children recover quickly and completely from these serious injuries.

Here’s what you need to know:

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Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween preparation is in full swing: candy is on sale and costumes are flying off the shelves. Make sure you and your family are ready for the holiday with these four Halloween safety tips. Bonus: Some of these are good to use year round! Got another tip to add? Tell us in the comments below.

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Childhood Obesity Prevention Tips

When it comes to obesity prevention, there is nothing a child can “never” have, but there are plenty of things that should be treats: ice cream, soda, and snacks with saturated fat are among them. If you start during the newborn period, however, you can help your children build healthy habits for life.

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Dr. Hill is a paid spokesman for PediaCare®, a brand of Prestige Brands, Inc. or its affiliate (Prestige). The content of his posts represents his own thoughts and opinions. Such content is merely informational and is not intended as medical advice. If readers require medical advice or have particular medical needs for themselves or anyone else, they should consult a doctor or other appropriate medical professional.

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Recognizing & Relieving Stress in Children

Parents who think childhood isn’t stressful don’t remember being kids, especially during the school year. Children lack control over many aspects of their lives, and there is much about the world around them they don’t understand. It’s amazing they’re not all quivering masses of anxiety!

Children, however, benefit from a unique stress-fighting resource: their parents. We can’t shield them completely from stress, nor would it be a good thing if we could. Read below to see what kinds of stress are good for children and how you can help your little one through the discomforting kinds of stress.

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Infographic for Treating a Fever

Treating a fever can be a headache for any parent or caregiver. Check out these great tips from Dr. Hill that make giving medicine as painless as possible–for parents and their little patients.

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Infographic for Adjusting Your Child’s Sleep Habits

A healthy sleep schedule depends on several different variables. Check out Dr. Hill’s tips for Adjusting Your Child’s Sleep Habits to make putting your child to bed a dream.

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Dr. Hill is a paid spokesman for PediaCare®, a brand of Prestige Brands, Inc. or its affiliate (Prestige). The content of his posts represents his own thoughts and opinions. Such content is merely informational and is not intended as medical advice. If readers require medical advice or have particular medical needs for themselves or anyone else, they should consult a doctor or other appropriate medical professional.

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Tips to Prepare for Cough and Cold Season

There’s so much to get excited about with another school year nearly upon us! New supplies, new friends, new…viruses? My children’s school supply lists include not just pencils and notebooks but facial tissue and hand sanitizer. It could be that their teachers are all germophobes, but I’m guessing they’re just experienced.

Your home should also have a supply list for cough and cold season, but it doesn’t have to be long. As a start, pick up some tissues. Also, be sure to grab some extra hand sanitizer. Most cold viruses spread by hand-to-face contact, so frequent handwashing with soap and water or cleansing with a product that contains at least 62% isopropyl alcohol is among the most effective ways to keep cold viruses from spreading.

While you’re in the pharmacy section of the store, go ahead and pick up an age-appropriate vitamin D (get some for yourself while you’re at it). In one study, vitamin D supplements reduced children’s risk of getting a cold by half! The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children should take at least 400 IU of vitamin D a day, an amount found in most children’s multivitamins.

If you’re not sure you have a working thermometer, grab a new one! It’s normal to have 3 days of fever at the start of a cold, but a fever that lasts 4 or more days or that returns later in the illness often suggests a bacterial infection.

Next, check out the housewares department for some cozy bedding. Tired kids are much more susceptible to viral infections, so make sure your child gets a good night’s sleep, every night!

Finally, call your child’s doctor to make sure her immunizations are up to date and find out when she can get flu vaccine. Immunizations can cut down dramatically on rates of ear infections, pneumonia, and sinusitis. As far as doctors are concerned, they’re your child’s #1 school supply.

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First Aid Kit Summer List: What to Pack in Your Parent Bag

Whether it’s running around an amusement park, camping in our own backyard or going to the beach, we parents will undoubtedly pack a bag–and without a doubt forget something. Before you head out for your next family adventure, make sure to check Dr. Hill’s First Aid Kit for Summer twice to make sure you are ready for those just-in-case moments!

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Read more of Dr. Hill’s summer tips on:

A Bit About Bug Bites: Mosquito Bites Edition

A Bit About Bug Bites: Tick Diseases, Symptoms & Treatment Edition

5 Tips to Avoid Sunburn This Summer Infographic

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A Bit About Bug Bites: Tick Diseases, Symptoms & Treatment Edition

Compared to mosquitoes tick bites can be more dangerous.  But the vast, vast majority of tick bites still don’t cause any significant illness. Here’s what you need to know about tick diseases and tick treatment.

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Read more of Dr. Hill’s summer tips on:

A Bit About Bug Bites: Mosquito Bites Edition

5 Tips to Avoid Sunburn This Summer Infographic

Dr. Hill is a paid spokesman for PediaCare®, a brand of Prestige Brands, Inc. or its affiliate (Prestige). The content of his posts represents his own thoughts and opinions. Such content is merely informational and is not intended as medical advice. If readers require medical advice or have particular medical needs for themselves or anyone else, they should consult a doctor or other appropriate medical professional.