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. 7 Tips for Coping with Holiday Stress

    Family sitting at table for holiday mealThe holiday season can be a most wonderful time of the year, but it also can be a time of stress-induced, anxiety-filled moments. If you experience stress, you know how important it is to take a moment to breathe and enjoy the time spent with loved ones. Sometimes this is easier said than done.

    We’ve rounded up seven tips for coping with holiday stress, to help you stay happy, healthy and energized:

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  2. Healthy Summer Snacks for Kids and Adults

    Child enjoying a summer treatGo from breakfast to bedtime with healthy summer snacks. Here are some that are great for kids but “grown up” enough for adults:

    Maple Cinnamon Hummus: Sweeten up your hummus by serving maple cinnamon hummus. Enjoy it as a snack with cinnamon sugar pita chips, for lunch on whole-grain toast with thinly sliced apples or serve it for breakfast on top of warm toast, waffles or tortillas.

    Warm-Frozen Chocolate Bananas: Here’s a snack that both you and your kids can enjoy, and that has it all: fruit, chocolate, nuts. This healthy summer recipe, perfect for an afternoon playdate or a pre-workout snack, is easy to make. Dip warm, sautéed or frozen bananas in chocolate sauce and cover with your favorite healthy topping such as nuts, dried berries or raisins.

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  3. How to tell if your child is too sick to go to school

    Taking the temperature of sick daughterIf your child goes to school or day care, he or she will inevitably catch a cold. If one child gets sick, the close proximity and interaction among classmates often spreads the cold throughout the class.

    Children can come down with varying degrees of illness, from a sniffle and runny nose to a fever and sore throat. Some illnesses can be highly contagious whereas others aren’t and simply need to run their course.

    How can you tell if your child is too sick to go to school? The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends asking yourself the following questions:

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  4. How to Help Prevent Spreading Germs at Home

    toddler with runny noseTaking care of a sick toddler or grade-schooler can cause considerable worry and concern. Taking care of two sick children can be even more worrisome. When a child or other member of the household falls ill, trying to guard against or contain the germs may not be easy but can be done.

    Germs can spread in various ways, including by:

    • Touching a contaminated object or surface
    • Eating unwashed fruits or vegetables
    • Inhaling germs that are in the air

    However, even with the best of intentions and taking every possible precaution, a child could still get sick, since some infections and maladies can be contagious even before noticeable symptoms appear.

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  5. 4 Potential Symptoms of Stress in Children

    stressed girl at schoolBelieve it or not, children can experience stress just as much as adults. Pressure to do well in school, to make new friends or maintain old friends, or just managing expectations of mentors and role models are all example sources of stress for kids.

    Some children may not be able to articulate the stress that they are feeling, however. The American Psychological Association (APA) recommends tuning into the following emotional or behavioral cues to recognize possible signs of stress.

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