Kid Health

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Is Your Child’s Preschool Playground Actually Safe?
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What To Do if My Child is Too Sick for Daycare or Daycare is Closed?
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6 Preschool Lunch Tips From The “Dark Side”
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8 Car Seat Safety Tips for Safer Travels
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Child Care Centers Go Green: How to Choose a Healthy Environment for Your Kids
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5 Steps to Boost Kids’ Immune System & Protect Against Colds & Flu
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Kids, Germs & Daycare: Questions to Ask Your Child Care Provider

Is Your Child’s Preschool Playground Actually Safe?

Recent research from the same German behavioral scientists who brought us Männergarten suggests that children are born with an innate fascination for sharp objects, self-destruct buttons, and hazardous nooks and crannies.

OK, it’s a joke!

They probably don’t feel the need to allocate research funding to something that everyone knows is true :)

More seriously though: what can you do about your child’s safety?

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What To Do if My Child is Too Sick for Daycare or Daycare is Closed?

Did you know that the U.S. Department of Defense has the best regulated child care program in the country? We heard they are developing a 5-level “daycare sick child warning system” called “DEFCOUGH” based on the “DEFCON” system they developed during the cold war.

It goes something like this:

  • DEFCOUGH 5: All quiet on the health front. Your child is eating normally and you try your best to build up their immune system with a balanced diet.
  • DEFCOUGH 4: Early warning signs encountered, typically a cough or a runny nose. Take preemptive action such as an extra Vitamin C.
  • DEFCOUGH 3: Daycare is no longer an option. Medic! Request a fly-by from a relative, babysitters, or neighbor to care for your child, because they’re too sick for daycare.
  • DEFCOUGH 2: Request for fly-by negative. One or both parents need to request time off work to care for your child.
  • DEFCOUGH 1: Request(s) for time off negative. Crisis imminent!

OK, DEFCOUGH is a joke, but the crisis scenario is all too real for working parents with children in daycare.

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6 Preschool Lunch Tips From The “Dark Side”

H ow the heck did your child find the cookies aisle in the supermarket? And why that particular package? Is there a subsonic kid-only whistle attached to it or something?

The fact is that professional food marketers, especially children’s food marketers, put the “fiendishly” in fiendishly clever. They have done the research on that particular color scheme and advised the store to put it at that particular eye level. In a lot of ways they know (statistically anyway) your child’s visual cues and what presses her psychological buttons better than you do.

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8 Car Seat Safety Tips for Safer Travels

D id you know that there is a 75-90% misuse rate for car seats? With statistics that high the odds are that you are making at least one mistake that could compromise the safety of your child during a car accident.  This week marks Child Passenger Safety week and we would like to share 8 tips that you can use to reduce the misuse of car seats.

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Child Care Centers Go Green: How to Choose a Healthy Environment for Your Kids

Going “green” and becoming more sustainable has grown to become an attractive and popular trend for many companies and organizations. Not only is it great for the environment, but those things that are harmful to the environment can also be unsafe for your children. When looking for childcare, things like wall paints, pest control practices and cleaning supplies are likely the last to cross your mind.  However, making sure that your center of choice is conscious of these things is important.

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5 Steps to Boost Kids’ Immune System & Protect Against Colds & Flu

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e recently wrote a post about questions you should ask your daycare to decrease your child’s chance of catching a bug this season. We got a lot of positive feedback from parents so we decided to come up with a list of things you can do at home to protect yourself and your family. After all, kids don’t just get sick at daycare, they can also catch a bug at home! Also, the 5 steps listed below not only apply to your children, but to parents as well, so make sure you implement these too :)

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Kids, Germs & Daycare: Questions to Ask Your Child Care Provider

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e’ve had a pretty warm fall in DC, but as the temperature drops, prepare for the start of the cold and flu season. Children get exposed to germs on a daily basis, especially those enrolled in daycare. In fact, kids in their first year of daycare are more likely to catch colds than those who stay at home. But don’t despair, studies show that the risk of infection declines over time and after one year in daycare, a child is at no greater risk of illness than a child who stays at home. Good child care providers will also take steps to reduce germs and decrease the risk of the flu spreading. Here is a list of questions to ask your child care provider to know if they have the proper health and safety procedures in place:

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