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- Dealing with (ugh) head lice
- Managing Weight and Diet
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- Pets May Help Prevent Those Childhood Allergies
- Mom's Health Alerts - Take Care of Yourself
- Help Yourself Stop Smoking
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To protect yourself from colds and flu and coronavirus, remember what Mom taught you:
- Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing (try to do it away from others)
- Wash your hands with soap and water every time you sneeze or cough, or after you've been out in public. Wash for a minimum of 20 seconds (sing the Happy Birthday song, twice, as a timer)
- Keep your hands away from your mouth, eyes and nose
- Use hand sanitizer gels, wipes, or alcohol to disinfect if you can't get to soap and water
- Don't use other people's phones, remotes, or computer keyboards
- Clean devices, remotes, keyboards, door handles, switches, faucets and other commonly touched surfaces with disinfectant or alcohol (62% to 70% strength)
- Stay away from sick folks, and if you get sick, STAY HOME
- When out or with friends, maintain a 6 ft distance (social distance) and wear a mask in public
- Get vaccinated, boosted, and tested
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Kids bring home all sorts of things from school, some of them not so welcome, like colds, sniffles and head lice. Yes, even the neatest and tidiest families can find themselves besieged by these pesky and nearly invisible critters.
Head lice usually discovered after one or more family members starts getting an itchy scalp and a close examination finds tiny grey insects and small oval eggs attached to the hair about 1/4" from the scalp.
Get Rid of the Insects and Eggs (Nits)
Fortunately, the process for ridding your child's hair and your home of common head lice is simple: treat the affected child using an OTC anti-lice medicated shampoo - complete instructions come with the package - comb away all insects and nits (eggs) for several days afterward, and clean the child's bedding, hats, clothing and stuffed toys with hot water and/or a hot dryer to prevent reinfestation.
Who and What to Treat for Head Lice
All family members and close friends who have had recent contact with the affected child - adults and kids - should be checked and monitored for a few days after discovery and treatment (except infants - do not use anti-louse medications on toddlers or babies).
More Information For full instructions on prevention and treatment of common head lice, review the CDC information here, (available in English and Spanish).
And remember, head
lice infestation happens to almost at least one child in every
family - it happened to both my kids when they were young!
If you have questions or concerns about younger family members
or possible allergic reactions, be sure to contact your school
nurse or family doctor for advice and recommendations.
You know when your child's next doctor's appointment is right down to the hour. But how diligent are you about keeping up with your own health checkups?
If you have a Pap smear every year and leave it at that, you're not doing enough, says Dr. Vivian Dickerson, the division director of general obstetrics and gynecology at the University of California at Irvine Medical Center.
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Help Yourself - Stop Smoking
Quitting smoking is tough - it's an addiction and a habit, and like all addictions, YOU are the one that must want to quit.
If you are quitting because someone else wants you to or is pressurizing you to, your chances of success are greatly diminished. YOU must want to do it, for reasons that are YOURS.
If you are serious about giving up cigarette smoking and try the techniques in this how to give up smoking article, you will find that you stand a better chance of being successful and staying on track to a healthier, longer life without
Smokefree.gov is a US government site to help everyone stop smoking.
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