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Category Archives: Family Health

Should I Still Eat That?

While some eating habits may be considered quirky (like putting ketchup on everything), others are downright dangerous. That’s usually because they up the risk for food poisoning from mold, bacteria, viruses, or parasites. These nasties can trigger uncomfortable symptoms, like stomach cramps, diarrhea, and vomiting. Less often, illness leads to arthritis, kidney or brain damage, […]

Protect your skin

What are sunscreens? Sunscreens protect the skin. They play an important role in blocking ultraviolet (UV) radiation from being absorbed by the skin. UV radiation damages the skin and can lead to sunburns and skin cancer. No sunscreen blocks UV radiation 100%. But they allow you to be outdoors for a longer time before your skin starts to redden. […]

COVID-19 Fatigue

As COVID-19 case numbers surge across the United States, some people are experiencing pandemic fatigue after many months of social distancing, mask wearing and quarantines. Experts from Penn State Health stressed the importance of continued vigilance and following established safety efforts to slow the spread of the virus, while also offering suggestions for minding mental […]

5 Tips for New Caregivers

Becoming a caregiver often means making big changes in your own life. You might be helping an aging parent or ailing loved one with cooking, cleaning, keeping track of medicine, getting to doctor’s appointments, and more. It’s a lot to take on, so you may feel a bit overwhelmed at first. The tips below can […]

Coronavirus (COVID-19): How to Talk to Your Child

Your kids are hearing about coronavirus (COVID-19). You want to make sure they get reliable information — and you want them to hear it from you. Here’s how to talk about it. Find Out What Your Child Already Knows Ask questions geared to your child’s age level. For older kids, you might ask, “Are people in school […]

‘Tis the season for safety

The holidays are full of joy and excitement, especially for children. But each year, children may end up in the emergency department (ED) for injuries caused by holiday decorations, toys, or burns from a fire. This winter, follow these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics to help keep your kids out of the ED. Holiday […]

Heat-Related Illnesses

Heat-Related Illnesses What are heat-related illnesses? Exposure to abnormal or prolonged amounts of heat and humidity without relief or adequate fluid intake can cause various types of heat-related illness. Children and teens adjust more slowly than adults do to changes in environmental heat. They also produce more heat with activity than adults, and sweat less. […]

The Number One Thing You Should Do to Prevent Norovirus

Few viruses are more dreaded than norovirus—an uber-contagious illness that causes vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, stomach pain, fever, and body aches. Now, imagine that you could stop the spread of the nasty bug with one of life’s simplest tasks: washing your hands. Well, according to new research, that’s exactly what it takes. In the study, published […]

Add Variety to Your Vegetables

As a child, you may have been scolded for not eating your veggies. As an adult, you may have never truly outgrown that finicky eating. If you’re like most Americans, you don’t eat enough vegetables on a daily basis. Your diet may also be lacking valuable veggie variety. A healthy taste From the bitter bite […]

All Family Time Is Quality Time

Don’t feel guilty about the amount of “quality time” you spend with your family. Some experts are beginning to reject the quality time movement for something much more basic. Here are some suggestions: Children want your undivided attention. When they talk, look at them and engage them in more conversation. Show your interest. Listen to […]