Written by on 8/3/2015 10:00:00 AM
It's state and county fair season and, for many, that means indulging in corn dogs, cotton candy and funnel cakes.
Before digging into a deep fried delicacy, consider this: a single funnel cake has about 760 calories. That giant turkey leg you love has over 1,140 calories and a deep fried Snickers bar can pack up to 450 calories. continue reading ...
Written by on 7/20/2015 6:00:00 AM
The common cold and the flu are easily spread between school children, but parents often forget about another “bug” that spreads through close personal contact: lice.
Head lice are tiny insects that live on the scalp. They are about the size of a sesame seed and typically grayish-white in color. They attach themselves to the skin on the scalp and lay eggs (a.k.a. nits) in the hair.
Lice can live on the scalp for up to 30 days and their eggs can live up to two weeks.continue reading ...
Written by on 7/6/2015 6:00:00 AM
The summer can bring scorching heat that increases your risk for heat exhaustion and heat stroke. But what’s the difference between these two heat-related illnesses?
"Heat exhaustion is a form of heat related illness that develops after a period of exposure to high temperatures, and inadequate fluid intake," said Courtney Nichols, PharmD at Wellspring Pharmacy. continue reading ...
Written by on 6/30/2015 9:45:00 AM
Sending your child to sleepaway camp can help them gain independence, confidence and new skills. But, often, it can be difficult for children to adjust to being away from home and family for an extended period of time.
Experiencing homesickness is common for children. In fact, 96 percent of children at camp report feeling homesick at least one day at camp. Luckily, there are a few ways to help you child cope, even from afar. continue reading ...
Written by on 6/26/2015 5:00:00 PM
The Fourth of July is a time for BBQ's, parades and fireworks. Fireworks can be a fun and memorable way to celebrate special events, but it's important to keep safety top-of-mind.
"The use of fireworks can be dangerous," said Dr. Richard Hon, medical director for MedCheck and occupational health programs at Community Health Network. "It is critical to follow all safety guidelines and carefully supervise children."
The National Safety Council suggests these precautions while using fireworks: continue reading ...