1. How to Manage Your Child’s Food Allergies at School

    food-allergies-previewkid food allergies infographicIf your child has food allergies, you already know how closely the situation needs to be monitored. Ingredients must be constantly checked, cooking utensils must be meticulously cleaned, and menus must be scanned when dining out.

    Sending your child to school, where he or she will be under someone else’s supervision, understandably can be worrying. Will teachers be as mindful as you are? Will administrators be able to keep track of the different needs of all students?

    When the time to send your child to school arrives, you want to be as prepared as you can be, so consider these tips that we’ve compiled to help manage your child’s food allergies at school:

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  2. Help Safeguard Your Children’s Privacy Online

    child-online-privacy-previewIt’s hard to keep information about ourselves off of the Internet. Social media and other factors have increased the likelihood that personal photos and information will appear online, even if we don’t want them to. Parents face the double challenge of managing both their own and their children’s online privacy.

    The task starts before the children can even log onto a computer. Although they may be too young to share their information and photos on social media, their parents may want to share photos with family and friends. Therefore, it’s important for parents to take precautionary measures concerning their children’s online privacy.

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  3. Family Safety Tips for the 4th of July

    Fireworks Injuries on the 4th of JulyFireworks Injuries InfographicEvery 4th of July, Americans across the country observe our nation’s independence, celebrating with water activities and barbeques with family and friends. At nightfall, we “ooh” and “aah” as a municipal fireworks display explodes high over our heads.

    Although the 4th of July can be one of the most fun holidays, it can also be one of the most dangerous. During the weeks immediately before and after Independence Day, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 240 people with injuries from fireworks alone go each day to a medical emergency room.

    This 4th of July, be sure that you and your family take precautions when celebrating. Here are a few 4th of July safety tips to keep in mind, including some from the American Red Cross:

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  4. 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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  5. “Protect Your Child Rain or Shine” and the Grow-Up® Plan (Feature Video)

    refrigerator with child-like drawingsAs a parent, you protect your children in many different ways. Protecting them is so natural that it becomes second nature. Most parents agree that ensuring the safety and security of their children is a top priority.

    One important way to help protect a your child, if you’re not doing so already, is with the Gerber Life Grow-Up® Plan¹. It’s a whole life insurance policy for children that they later could keep as adults for up to a lifetime, as long as premiums are paid, and at the same child-sized premium rate.

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