It’s Time to Get Your Flu Vaccine

Nov 06

“Why should people get vaccinated against the flu?

Influenza is a potentially serious disease that can lead to hospitalization and sometimes even death. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently, but millions of people get the flu every year, hundreds of thousands of people are hospitalized and thousands or tens of thousands of people die from flu-related causes every year. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the best way to help protect against flu. Vaccination has been shown to have many benefits including reducing the risk of flu illnesses, hospitalizations and even the risk of flu-related death in children.”

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm

Parents and Screen Time

Jun 28

Check out this article in this month’s Atlantic about screens and the effect they have on  parenting.

“. . . emerging research suggests that a key problem remains underappreciated. It involves kids’ development, but it’s probably not what you think. More than screen-obsessed young children, we should be concerned about tuned-out parents.”

https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/07/the-dangers-of-distracted-parenting/561752/

Photo from Atlantic article

Tummy Time

Feb 15

Photo:https://www1.nichd.nih.gov/sts/about/Pages/tummytime.aspx

Parents are encouraged to “do tummy time” with their infants.  But what is it? How do you do it? Below you’ll find a link on one method for getting baby into, out of, and enjoying tummy time.  If you have questions, feel free to contact our office Lactation Consultant, Amity.  She has attended a TummyTime! method workshop and will happily walk you through the process.

http://www.tummytimemethod.com/tummytimetrade-method.html

https://www1.nichd.nih.gov/sts/about/Pages/tummytime.aspx

The Flu, a Guide for Parents

Feb 14

“Influenza (also known as flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs. Flu is different from a cold, and usually comes on suddenly.”

The CDC offers several handouts online about how to reduce your risk of contracting the flu and what to do if you or a family member contracts the flu.  See below for more information:

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/freeresources/family/flu-guide-for-parents-2017.pdf

https://www.cdc.gov/immigrantrefugeehealth/pdf/seasonal-flu/advice_for_parents_english_508.pdf

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/pdf/freeresources/updated/everyday-preventive-actions-8.5×11.pdf

How to Raise an Emotionally Resilient Child

Feb 05

How to help build your child's emotional resiliency

“All children, even the most fortunate, suffer emotional injuries. At home, in school and on the playground, all children experience disappointment, frustration and failure; criticism and disapproval; and exclusion by peers. In every family, there will be moments of anger and misunderstanding.

In healthy development, children recover from these moments. Whether on their own or with our support, most children bounce back. Emotional injuries are, in many respects, analogous to physical injuries. Just as our cells must repair physical injuries, emotional injuries also must be healed. Without this healing, the injurious process will spread.”

http://www.pbs.org/parents/expert-tips-advice/2015/11/how-to-raise-an-emotionally-resilient-child/

Tips on Encouraging Kids to Eat Healthy

Jan 31

Sisters cooking

“When was the last time your child sat down at the dinner table and said, “Gee, thanks for this delicious plate of healthy food! Can I have seconds?” We can’t promise these tips will convert your picky eater into a fruit and vegetable fan, but they should make good food choices more attractive for everyone.”

 

http://www.pbs.org/parents/food-and-fitness/eat-smart/encourage-kids-to-eat-healthy-food/

13 Powerful Phrases Proven to Help an Anxious Child Calm Down

Nov 02

“If your child struggles with anxiety, you know the challenge of finding the right things to say when he or she is worried. It’s not easy to connect without making the fears worse, while at the same time offering support and encouragement.

Are you curious how you can help calm an anxious child?”

Source: 13 Powerful Phrases Proven to Help an Anxious Child Calm Down