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 put 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 advice for raising healthy families will give you the kind of practical information that can help you do just that.

  1. Consoling a Child Who is Frightened by Halloween and Other Nightmares

    mother consoling a child who was having a scary dreamHalloween can mean costumes, candy, parties and scary movies, but it also can be a tricky time to be a parent. Nightmares sparked by scary movies and costumes can leave your child with dreams that are less than sweet.

  2. Preparing for the Flu Season

    mother taking care of child with fluFootball games, colder temperatures and the start of the holiday season are all exciting parts of Fall. In addition, Fall also marks the start of the flu season. Are you prepared?

    Historically, outbreaks of influenza can begin as early as October and peak flu activity occurs during February according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). To help safeguard your family against this viral disease, and so that they can fully enjoy the activities that these fun months have to offer, take the following preventive measures to reduce your chances of catching the flu:

  3. Biting is for Vampires

    teaching children that biting is for foodToddlers can be so much fun. Spontaneous hugs, easy laughter and endless energy are some of the best parts of this stage in your child’s development. In addition to all of the sweet ways that your toddler already connects with you, he or she may exhibit common baby behavior, such as biting. If this occurs, do not worry; simply use these moments as opportunities to teach boundaries and effective communication to your little one. Explain to your child how to share his or her feelings, and to leave the biting for food.

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  4. Halloween Tips to Encourage Fun, Not Fear

    Toddler in Lion CostumeFor some children, Halloween is the most enjoyable night of the year. For others, whether toddlers or older children, the holiday creates fear not fun, and its sights and sounds can stir feelings of anxiety and apprehension.

    One study has found that most parents underestimate how frightening the holiday can be for children.

    A study in 2005 of 6- and 7-year-olds in Philadelphia by Cindy Dell Clark, a psychologist at Pennsylvania State University found that some children are unwilling participants in Halloween rituals and that the key driver of fear is the holiday’s focus on death. For youngsters who haven’t yet been exposed to funerals, Halloween may be their introduction.

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  5. Make the Most of Pumpkin Season

    baby boy in pumpkin costumeDid you know that there are uses for pumpkins other than pumpkin pie and carving jack-o-lanterns? These versatile veggies can be used in a variety of creative ways. Enjoy these suggestions and ideas:

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