Don't Get the Flu
To protect yourself from colds and flu, remember what Mom taught you:
- Cover your mouth when coughing or sneezing (try to do it away from others)
- Wash your hands every time you sneeze or cough, or after you've been out in public
- Keep your hands away from your mouth, eyes and nose
- Use hand sanitzer gels, wipes or alcohol to disinfect if you can't get to soap and water
- Don't use other people's phones or computer keyboards
- Stay away from sick folks, and if you get sick STAY HOME
Lice - Prevention and Treatment
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 families can find themselves besieged
by these pesky and nearly invisible critters. They're 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
Get Rid of the Insects and Eggs (Nits)
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
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.
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 products 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 nicotine.
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. Read
more about what Moms need to do to take care of their own health
Refreshing Pina Colada Facial Mask
Give Your Complexion a Kitchen-Fresh Drink!
This wonderful mask recipe will refresh your face and soften
your skin. With a few ingredient adjustments, you can also
make a yummy smoothie - Pina Colada Facial AND Pina Colada Smoothie recipe.
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to learn, communicate, be creative, enjoy the Internet, and
conduct personal or professional research. The Americans
with Disabilities Act created standards and mandates for
access to services, buildings and information previously unavailable
to disabled individuals.
If you or someone you knows has a disability, you may find
these resources helpful:
Women Who Exercise
Women of all ages often question the benefits
of strength training - studies
now prove it's beneficial for older women to work out.
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