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. 30 Day Family Fitness Challenge

    Family fitness challengeA healthy lifestyle starts in the home. Your children are observing you every day and learning from your behavior. When it comes to health and fitness, your children are learning habits now that will last a lifetime.

    Get everyone in your family involved in getting fit with our 30 day family fitness challenge! This fun and budget-friendly challenge is meant as a starting point for getting you and your family up and active. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you should try to be active for at least 2.5 hours a week. Active, as the CDC defines it, means participating in activities that raise your breathing and heart rates and strengthen your muscles.

    Modify the challenge so it makes sense for your family. Enjoying a particular activity? Extend it beyond the one-week mark. Consider including incentives or a reward sticker chart to track progress and motivate your family to participate. Make the challenge your own!

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  2. How to Help Your Child Overcome a Fear of Doctors

    Mother and baby at doctor’s officeBeing afraid of the doctor is a common fear among young children. According to parenting blog What to Expect, it’s not uncommon for this fear to begin to develop during the second half of a child’s second year, since this is about the time that your toddler’s able to remember previous visits.

    What can you do to help your child overcome a fear of doctors? Here are some tips for before, during and after the visit:

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  3. Important Vitamins for Kids

    top 6 vitamins and minerals for kidsYou know how important it is for your kids to have a balanced diet. Yet, for some parents, getting a child to eat his or her fruits and vegetables can be challenging.

    Telling your child that certain foods contain vitamins that help to keep them healthy can be vague. Try explaining a few key components, such as what some vitamins for kids can do and what types of food contain them.

    In honor of National Nutrition Month, we took a simple look at six important vitamins and minerals for growing youngsters, according to WebMD.

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  4. 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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  5. 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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