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Hygiene and Flu Prevention

I remember back before I was a parent when I used to see toddlers out in public with runny noses and wonder, “Why don’t their parents just do something about that?” Then I had my own children, and I realized that, even if somehow there were enough facial tissues in the world to keep my kids’ faces free of snot, how would I ever find time to do anything else? That said, there are some basic hygiene techniques that you can teach your children early to keep them healthy during flu season and year round.

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Winter Safety Tips

My Colorado-born wife thinks that since I have lived all my life in the South, my idea of preparing for cold weather is to add a little extra fatback to the collard greens. But even here in coastal North Carolina we get winter temperatures in the low double-digits and wind chills that can almost make my wife feel right at home. In fact, almost every parent needs to be prepared to deal with cold weather from time to time. Here are some tips that can help.

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Iron Deficiency in Children: Signs and Treatment

Does your child get enough iron? According to Dr. Hill, “Iron deficiency affects between 6% and 15% of toddlers in the United States, so the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends a screening test at 12 months of age.” Dr. Hill offers tips to increase your child’s intake of iron and signs to look for if you think your child may be anemic or iron deficient in the infographic below. For more information on iron deficiency and anemia in children click here.

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Eczema in Children: Signs and Treatment

Is your little one scratching an itch to no end this winter? He/she may have eczema. According to Dr. Hill, eczema affects 10% of American children. Dry weather, chronic rubbing or irritation, and the loss of skin oils through exposure to soap and hot water can all lead to skin irritation and a cycle of itching and scratching.

Read below to find out the signs and treatment of this itchy rash. And for more information on eczema in children, click here.

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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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Flu vs Cold: Symptoms in Children

How can you tell when a child has a potentially dangerous influenza infection as opposed to a routine cold (viral upper respiratory infection)? You’d think that question would be an easy one to answer, but I have to confess that even experienced pediatricians are guessing much of the time. You’d think, “If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, it’s probably a duck.” But since influenza is just one of many viruses that cause upper respiratory symptoms in kids, it’s more like, “It walks like a duck and talks like a duck, but is it an American widgeon or a northern shoveler?”

Treatments for influenza only work when they’re given early, in the first 48 hours of illness. For this reason, it’s important for parents to seek care as soon as they suspect a child has influenza.

Here are some clues on how to tell if it’s a flu vs cold:

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Flu Tests

Many pediatric offices, urgent care centers, and emergency departments are equipped with rapid influenza tests. These tests usually require using a thin swab to obtain a mucus sample from deep in the child’s nose. Many of the tests distinguish between the two most common strains of influenza, A and B. Even these tests, however, are far from perfect. Flu viruses are constantly changing, and the tests may turn positive in only 50% to 70% of people who actually have influenza.

 

Vaccinations

Most importantly, make sure that your children all start the flu season with vaccines. While antiviral medicines for influenza are often only marginally effective, flu vaccine has the power to dramatically cut your child’s risk of missing school, being hospitalized, or winding up in the intensive care unit. You’ll feel a lot better knowing that your child is likely to get through flu season feeling…ducky.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.