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. What Are “Growing Pains” and their Symptoms and Causes?

    Mother comforting daughterIt can happen all of a sudden, perhaps like this: Last night you awoke with a start. Your child was crying in pain. During the day, nothing had seemed out of the ordinary. When you rushed to your crying child, you found him or her holding the lower leg area. What could this mean?

    One possibility is that your child could have what is commonly referred to as “growing pains.” According to the Mayo Clinic, growing pains in children often occur during the evening and are characterized by discomfort in the lower extremities.

    For parents who may have had a child experience this, it can undoubtedly be frightening. To help explain the issue, we’ve compiled the following information about what’s known so far concerning this strange phenomenon.

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  2. Which Household Cleaning Products Are Safe for Your Kids?

    Household cleaning productHave you ever scrutinized the cleaning products that you’re using in your home? The cleaning aisle of stores contains a multitude of general and specialized cleaning agents. Some of them are effective and mild, and others may contain chemicals that could affect the health and safety of pets, children or adults, especially allergy and asthma sufferers.

    It’s therefore important to read product labels and warnings, and to understand what we’re using and exposing children to in our homes. Different people have different sensitivities.

    Many individuals, regulators and associations are concerned about the possible hazards of household cleaning products. Because of this, the American Lung Association provides tips to help consumers keep their homes safe from chemicals found in many household cleaners. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) provides guidelines to help consumers understand what is or is not harmful realistically, and urges people to be aware of how they came into contact with the chemical, how much of it they came into contact, how long they came into contact and how strong the contact dosage was.

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  3. Heat and Exercise: Stay Cool During Hot Summer Months

    Woman-stretching-before-outdoor-workoutTo stay fit, it’s important to commit to a routine, rain or shine. During hot and humid summer months, however, it becomes all too easy to stop working out. One strong reason not to: Experts say that inactivity for a period of four to six weeks may cause you to lose the key benefits of exercise.

    Follow these tips to cool down and keep your fitness up during hot summer months:

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  4. How Does Motherhood Change a Woman’s Brain?

    Mother with two daughtersMotherhood changes many things – “Nothing will ever be the same,” as people say – but while it may be obvious on a superficial level, it hasn’t always been obvious that this is true on a physiological level as well.

    According to recent studies at the universities of Montreal, Oregon and elsewhere, the brain chemistry of a woman undergoes changes both during pregnancy and after giving birth to a child.

    The studies found that the following major changes occur as a woman transitions into motherhood:

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  5. How to Help Build Confidence in Children

    Young Girl Playing FootballYouths today often struggle with self-confidence and body-image issues. In a recent survey by the NYU Child Study Center 59% of girls in 5th to 12th grade responded that they were dissatisfied with their body shape.  However, negative body image impacts young boys, too. The media, peers and pop culture are all influencing factors in a child’s personal development, but it’s still the parents who play the greatest role.

    Here are some ways you can help your children to believe in themselves:

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