Health & Safety

Tips to keep your family healthy and safe

When days get hectic it's hard to find time to prepare healthy meals or stay active as a family. Gerber Life puts quick, healthy recipes and workout routines for you and your family right at your fingertips. We also share tips for helping to keep your family safe, such as how to avoid everyday dangers. Because it's so important to take good care of your family, we hope that our tips for raising healthy families will give you the kind of practical information that can help you do just that.

  1. Staph Infections: What Parents Need to Know About Treating and Preventing

    Mom putting bandage on daughter’s kneeCuts, scratches and scrapes are a typical part of growing up. A quick clean-up, a bandage, and a kiss from Mom frequently suffice to make everything better. Sometimes, however, a cut or scrape may become infected and, if not treated appropriately, could worsen and lead to an infection.

    A Staph infection, for example, can occur when an open wound is exposed to Staph bacteria – a bacteria found on the skin or in the nose of about a third of the population, according to The Mayo Clinic.

    Staph bacteria, the most common cause of skin infections in the United States, explains the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), can cause minor infections such as boils and pimples, which are usually treated without antibiotics. A more serious Staph infection may require an antibiotics regimen in order to rid the body of the infection.

    If you think that your child may have a Staph infection, consult your child’s pediatrician, who can advise if treatment requires antibiotics.

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  2. How to Guard Against Motion Sickness

    Child sitting in the backseat of a carMany people experience some kind of motion sickness. Car sickness and sea sickness, for example, are common kinds that both children and adults can experience.

    According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of motion sickness can strike suddenly and can quickly progress from a queasy, uneasy feeling in the stomach to a cold sweat, dizziness and vomiting, in some cases. Often, motion sickness can subside as soon as the motion stops, but by then the “damage” has been done.

    There are ways for lessening the likelihood of motion sickness and for alleviating the symptoms. Here are some from the Mayo Clinic:

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  3. Stranger Danger in the Digital Age: Nine Internet Safety Tips for Teens

    Teen at school computerThere’s no doubt that the Internet, when in the wrong hands, can become a scary place where not everyone has the best of intentions. Today more than ever, teens and younger children need to learn not only how to handle strangers face-to-face, but also how to protect themselves from strangers on the Internet.

    According to a recent study from the Pew Research Center, 92 percent of teens report going online daily. Yet, a child sometimes doesn’t even have to communicate with a stranger directly in order to give information that could be harmful.

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  4. Common Symptoms of Strep Throat in Children and Ways to Treat It

    Mother taking son’s temperatureStrep throat can be a very painful and contagious infection. While anyone can catch strep throat, it is most common among school-age children and teens between the ages of 5 and 15 years old, as the bacteria that causes strep throat spreads most often during the school year when large groups of children are in close quarters, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

    How can you tell if your child has strep throat or is simply suffering from a sore throat? The CDC recommends checking for these common strep throat symptoms in children:

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  5. Thanksgiving Holiday Travel Tips

    Thanksgiving travel by the numbersThanksgiving Day traditions in the United States often include sitting around the table with the family, feasting on turkey and stuffing and sweet potatoes, and savoring pumpkin pie, made using grandma’s recipe. The list goes on and on.

    For many people, maintaining this tradition means traveling, which makes the Thanksgiving holiday notoriously one of the busiest travel times of the year. Traveling on Thanksgiving weekend is often synonymous with traffic delays and travel snags at almost every turn.

    If you plan to brave the roads or the rails or the skies this Thanksgiving, check out our infographic for Thanksgiving travel tips that could help make your trip a little smoother.

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