Parenting Advice
Baby Monitors: 4 Common Sense Tips

Baby Monitors: 4 Common Sense Tips

Every parent strives to protect their baby, nourishing them, buying the appropriate gear, and yes, monitoring them around the clock. Today’s baby monitors make it easy to hover. Some devices detect heart rate, oxygen levels and fever. Others alert you if your child’s cry reaches a certain decibel level. Unfortunately, …

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Raising Healthy Kids

Oh No, It’s Lice! Everything Parents Need to Know

The worst thing about sending your kids out into the world is they tend to bring stuff back with them – things like colds, flu, and yes, bugs! Head lice is commonplace in schools, day care centers and even places kids have extracurricular activities, like dance or karate studios. Anywhere …

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Preventing Illness
Surviving Cold and Flu Season Like a Champ

Surviving Cold & Flu Season Like a Champ

Winter will be here before we know it, along with it colder temperatures, and that means another cold and flu season is upon us. But that doesn’t mean that you have to surrender to your family getting sick. There are steps you can take to help ward off illness and …

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Raising Healthy Kids
Essential Advice for Parents on Vaccines

Essential Advice for Parents on Vaccines

Back-to-school season often means a trip to the doctor’s office to keep up-to-date with vaccines and booster shots. All children, whether in public or private programs, who are entering childcare, kindergarten, and seventh grade or newly enrolled in a Michigan school district are required to be up-to-date with immunizations. “Vaccines …

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Health & Hygiene Tips
Are You Cleaning Your Ears Correctly?

Are You Cleaning Your Ears Correctly?

It can seem like nearly everyone has an opinion on what’s right when it comes to cleaning your ears. Q-tips are bad, but “baby” Q-tips are OK. Some swear by cleaning your ears after every shower, while others maybe do it once a week – if at all. So, what’s …

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Getting A Good Night's Sleep

Is Your Child Having Nightmares or Night Terrors?

If your child’s nightmares or night terrors are interrupting peaceful nights in your household, you’re not alone. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, one in 10 parents discusses sleep-related concerns with a doctor during their child’s early years. These sleep disturbances can be troubling and scary for everyone, but …

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Parenting Advice
What Parents Need to Know About Teen Drinking

What Parents Need to Know About Teen Drinking

For some parents, it might seem impossible that their teen would consume alcohol, but the reality is that many do. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, nearly 80 percent of high school seniors have consumed alcohol. Whether you are alarmed by that statistic or feel reassured that it’s “only …

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Raising Healthy Kids

What are the Best Sports for Kids with ADHD?

Getting children involved with sports offers plenty of benefits, including physical exercise, development of social skills and even boosted self-esteem. But do all sports offer the same level of benefit for children who have attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? A common condition, ADHD affects more than 11.1 percent of children in Michigan …

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Healthy Families
8 Ideas for Summertime Family Fitness

8 Fun Ideas for Summertime Family Fitness

Summer brings warm weather, blue skies and lots of sunshine. And with many kids on break from school, the summer months offer infinite opportunities for families to get moving. “People are more active in the summer because they’re doing things like yard work, washing cars and playing outside with their …

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Raising Healthy Kids
The Effects of Toxic Stress on Children

The Effects of Toxic Stress on Children

Some stress is simply unavoidable in modern life, even for children. Learning to successfully cope with stress is an important part of growing up. However, when stress becomes too extreme or goes on for an extended period of time, it forms what is known as “toxic stress response” in children. …

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