10 Tips to Keep Your Family Healthy This Spring
Breaking out the sunscreen and Band-aids? The spring season raises different health and safety issues for you and your family. We'll help you stay on top of them!
Reduce (and Treat) Seasonal Allergies
Ahh, spring! New growth means pollen. You can’t avoid the world, but there are ways to minimize pollen exposure. Dr. Karen Sadler says the key to preventing symptoms is knowing when the risk of pollen exposure is high and avoiding that exposure as much as possible.
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Avoid Lyme Disease (and Other Tick-Borne Illness)
There are more than 200 species of ticks in the United States! If that’s not bummer enough, Lyme disease (LD), a bacterial infection brought to you by deer ticks and black-legged ticks, has been found in 49 states as well as Canada, Central America, Europe, and Asia.
Prevent and Treat Spring Colds
If your child gets wet and shivers in a spring rain, a cold is not guaranteed. Only a virus brings on a cold. Your immune system is what helps fight off those viruses, however, so if you keep warm and dry on the outside, hydrated on the inside, and above all well-rested, you can help ward off a cold.
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Recognize Poison Ivy—and Keep Away!
Poison ivy grows all over the United States and southern Canada (and elsewhere). Contact with the plant (or the oil of the plant transferred from tools or pets)
causes skin irritation and itching. The intensity varies with the amount of exposure and the individual’s sensitivity.
Be Aware of Poisonous Plants
As a rule, don’t let your children eat ornamental flowers or shrubs. Not only is it proper etiquette to refrain from munching on the landscaping, it’s for their own safety! A significant number of common plants are not good for you, or are downright poisonous to eat.
Stop the Spread of Conjunctivitis and Fifth Disease
Conjunctivitis, or “pinkeye,” is a highly contagious eye infection. Symptoms are redness, puffiness, excess tearing, and often a yellowish discharge and crusty eyelashes after sleep.
Use Caution with Things with Wheels
Mild weather makes it nice to be outside! More fresh air is ideal, but don’t forget precautions.
Adult Bikes: According to the Bicycle Helmet Safety Institute, children under 1 year old should not be passengers on adult bikes, either in carrier seats or trailers.
Avert Water Dangers
If you have a swimming pool, you probably already have a heightened sensitivity to kids and water safety, and keep the pool enclosed and the enclosure locked, and remove all enticing toys from the water when not in use. They could tempt a child to reach over or step into the water.
Keep Informed about Recalls
Toy and food recalls are becoming perennial safety concerns. A new season may bring new toys out of the shed or the mall, however, so before you hand them over to Baby, check out our recall updates to make sure they are not subject to a recall.
Baby Allergy Symptoms and Remedies
So many things in your baby’s world can trigger an allergic reaction, from milk, nuts, and shellfish to pollen, bee stings, and dust mites. But the symptoms of allergies can be elusive—how do you tell the difference between a common cold, cough, or rash a
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