Health Tips

Winter Health and Safety Tips

Colorado winters are unique in that we can experience winter storms and deep freezes, and turn around the next day and have weather that feels more like spring or fall. No matter the conditions, parents should be prepared to face anything this winter. Here are some winter health and safety tips that parents should keep in their back pocket.

Dress your children in layers

Some of the common health issues kids can experience in the winter ar...

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History of The Flu

The flu is the commonly used name for a virus called influenza. The influenza virus has affected the human population for thousands of years. Flu season peaks in the winter months, which means there are separate flu seasons for the northern and southern hemisphere. Typically, the flu causes symptoms two days after exposure to the virus, and the symptoms last about a week.

 

The Flu Throughout History

As many as 2,400 years ago, symptoms of influenza were described in the w...

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Holiday Travel Tips

The winter holidays are one of the biggest travel seasons of the year. However, the colder months of the year also mean more people are traveling while sick. In order to make it to your destination with a clean bill of health, consider some of these holiday travel tips. With a combination of smart planning and common sense, it will be much easier to avoid being sick during the holidays this year.

 

Planning For Holiday Travel

When packing for holiday travel this year, be s...

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Infants’ Ibuprofen Recalled from Walmart, CVS Pharmacy and Family Dollar

Earlier this week, Tris Pharma—a major pharmaceutical company based in New Jersey— issued a voluntary nationwide recall of Infants' Ibuprofen Concentrated Oral Suspension, USP (NSAID) due to potential higher concentrations of ibuprofen. 

The products were labeled as 50 mg of ibuprofen per 1.25 mL, however, the company claims the concentration may be higher than labeled. There’s a remote possibility that the higher dosage in these products could lead to permanent kidney injury, nausea, ...

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Cooking with Kids | Thanksgiving

When we think of Thanksgiving, we all focus on the big meal that we are going to enjoy at dinner. You don’t have to wait until dinner to celebrate with delicious Thanksgiving treats. Start the day off right with peanut butter turkey snacks that are easy for you and your kids to make together!

What you will need:

Muffin cups

Peanut butter

Red and yellow apples or bell peppers

Green Gra...

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When You Should Go to the Doctor for a Sore Throat

In Colorado’s dry air, a sore throat in the morning isn’t uncommon, especially in the winter when home heating makes air particularly dry. If your child wakes up with pain in her throat, have her drink water.

The American Society of Pediatrics recommends taking your child to the doctor if her sore throat doesn’t abate after a drink of water in the morning. Get care immediately if your child’s sore throat is accompanied by difficulty breathing, difficulty swallowing or excessive dr...

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Why You Should Wash Your Hands

Why You Should Wash Your Hands

Washing your hands isn’t just good advice. It’s the best advice you and your family can follow to prevent illness on a daily basis. Not only is it tremendously effective in reducing the spread of germs, it’s so simple that even preschoolers can be taught to do it correctly. (We’ll talk about correctly later.)

Scientists estimate that there are more than 1,500 microorganisms per square inch on your hands. Similarly, germs can congregate anywhere people t...

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Managing Fever in Children

Watching your child struggle with fever is an ordeal for any parent, and it’s normal to want to manage fever as effectively as possible.  The American Academy of Pediatrics recognizes a low-grade fever as a sign that your child’s immune system is going its job and fighting off infection.

Fever is defined if rectal, ear or forehead temperature is 100.4 degrees F or greater. Treat with rest and with plenty of age appropriate fluids. For fevers 100 – 102 degrees F, medication is rarely ne...

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Common Sports Injuries in Children

Roughly 75 percent of all families have one child involved in youth sports sometime in their childhood. With the sheer volume of children in athletics, it’s inevitable that sports injuries in children occur: More than 3.5 million children under the age of 14 receive care in an emergency room every year for sports injuries, and children aged 5 to 14 years account for about 40 percent of all sports injuries treated in hospitals.

Acute Sports Injuries in Children

Many of the sports inju...

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Can I Give Emergen-C to My Child?

Many adults reach for Emergen-C at the first sign of a cold. While that’s fine for adults, when you see cold symptoms coming on for a child, you shouldn’t give your child under 15 Emergen-C or a similar supplement.

Emergen-C is a high dose of Vitamins C, B-6 and B-12 that’s formulated for adults. Each dosage contains 1,000 mg of Vitamin C (about 16 times the USDA recommended daily value). While this is well within safe dosage for an adult, the upper intake level for children is consider...

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