1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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