November is National Diabetes Month

November is National Diabetes Month, a time when communities across the country team up to highlight diabetes.  So Rise and Shine shared information from Fran R. Cogen, MD, CDE that while the holidays are a great time for indulging in your favorite sweets and treats, they can be stressful if you have a child with diabetes. You’re tasked with paying close attention to your child’s eating choices while making sure he or she doesn’t feel left out of the festivities.

With careful planning, your child can participate and enjoy the holidays with friends and family.

Monitor blood sugar levels frequently

High carb holiday foods, including cakes, bread, and pasta can cause blood sugar levels to spike. Therefore, it’s a good idea to check your child’s level more frequently during the holidays and dose insulin accordingly; keeping in mind that activity may also affect blood sugars.

Different insulin regimens require different strategies

If your child is on an insulin regimen requiring two or three shots per day (known as conventional insulin therapy), try to time the holiday meal around dinner so that the short or rapid-acting insulin can be easily adjusted. Otherwise, if the meal is in the afternoon, consider adding an extra dose of rapid or short-acting insulin to cover the meal. Please discuss details with your child’s diabetes team, which will happily assist in managing insulin doses during holiday festivities.

If your child is on basal/bolus therapy with multiple daily injections or insulin pump therapy, it is easier to be more flexible in the timing of meals. Provide insulin for carbs as well as to lower blood sugars. Read more

National Diabetes Month 2020

November is National Diabetes Month, a time when communities across the country team up to bring attention to diabetes. This year’s focus is on taking care of youth who have diabetes.

Diabetes is one of the most common chronic conditions in school-age youth in the United States, affecting about 193,000 youth under 20 years old. Regardless of their age, sometimes youth who have diabetes need support with their diabetes care. That’s why it’s important to help your child or teen develop a plan to manage diabetes, and work with their health care team to adjust the diabetes self-care plan as needed.

Here are some tips to consider for your youth’s diabetes self-care plan.

  • Manage blood glucose levels. Make sure your child or teen takes their medicines as prescribed, at the right time, and the right dose—even when they feel good or have reached their blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol goals.
  • Encourage healthy habits. Follow a healthy eating plan (especially if your youth is taking insulin), get enough sleep, and aim for regular physical activity. Youth with type 1 diabetes should also check their blood glucose levels before, during, or after physical activity.

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What You Need To Ask Before Buying A Car Seat

WarnockAuto has composed a list of common questions that you may run into when buying car seats. Sources come from a variety of accredited locations. 

Q1: Why Do I Need A Car Seat?

It is a legal requirement for you to have a car seat for your children. You also purchase them to ensure the safety of your children during any car accident. No standard seat belt will be able to protect your children adequately.

Q2: Why Child Car Seats Expire?

Car seats expire because materials in the car seat will break down over time. Typically, car seats have a shelf-life of anywhere between six to ten years. There is a location on any car seat that you can find to determine its expiration date. Usually, you can find them near a bar code or on a sticker.

Other typical reasons for car seat expiration dates include changing standards in manufacturing and the parts not being available anymore. We can listen to the explanation of experts from the following video.

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Children’s skin care in the cold season

College of DuPage Nursing Student Vikki Palshmitas shared with Healthy Lombard that as the green leaves start turning to beautiful shades of red, orange, and yellow, it is time to don our comfiest fall sweaters. Autumn is outside our windows, which means it is time to change our skin care routines. During the cold season, the harsh outdoor air and dry air inside our warm, heated houses can cause skin dehydration, exacerbation of chronic diseases such as atopic dermatitis, or eczema. Here are a few tips to take care of your child’s skin to keep it healthy and strong during winter:

Reduce the time of bath procedures.

Water dries the skin, especially if your child enjoys the pleasures of the bath for too long. The longer your child spends time soaking in the bathtub, the more the water dries the skin of the body and face. Ceramides, fatty acids, and oils that help keep skin moisturized are washed off after a shower for more than 10 minutes. In addition, most doctor’s advice the water temperature should not exceed 100 degrees F.

Do not use soap.

Soap also dries the skin, it deprives your skin of natural moisture, causing further irritation. It is better to choose soap free cleansers, since they are made without a mixture of fats and alkaline additives.  Avoid bubble baths – the detergents they contain have the greatest potential to cause skin irritation and allergic skin reactions. Read more

The Ultimate Guide to Protecting Your Child Online in 2020

Little girl and boy sitting on sofa with a laptop computer at home. Happy children playing indoors using PC.So many Online Child Safety guides are just scaring parents, without telling them what they can actually do; and this is why we came together, a group of cybersecurity experts and parents, to create a different guide. It’s updated for October 2020, and it’s all about steps you can take to protect your child from Sexual predators, Cyberbullying, Mobile phone addiction, and hurtful content. While we don’t think you should panic as a parent, you do need to be aware of the risk’s magnitude, as every kid could be affected.

 

What can we do as parents? Instead of using technology just to keep kids occupied, we need to educate them about it. Instead of sticking phones in their tiny hands at younger and younger ages, we need to tell them about the dangers of online life. And instead of hoping everything will be just fine, we need to take action, check our kids’ activity, and make sure it actually will be fine.

This comprehensive guide will show you how. In it, we’ve outlined eight areas that you should pay attention to as you navigate this complex online world – from mobile devices to social media, gaming, cyberbullying, and information security. Read more

Kids Fitness At Home

Happy toddler girl jumping on a big trampolineYael, from GreatHomeLife.com that writes a blog whose primary focus is on trampolines, shared with Healthy Lombard that as parents, our main concern is our kids’ health, development, and happiness. Fitness has a significant part in obtaining it.

The optimal way for kids to be fit is to play outside; On the playground, running around, swimming, biking, or participating in sports teams. But that is not always possible, whether due to weather conditions or the child’s will or health constraints.

In this guide, you will learn why physical activity is vital for kids, the recommendations for each age group, how to engage them, and some ideas for home exercises that you can perform on your mini-trampoline.

So let’s dive in.

The Importance Of Exercise For Kids

It is common knowledge that exercise is crucial for our health and mood. Kids are no exception. Physical activity is essential for its development. Teaching them good habits is not only beneficial for them when they are young. Those habits will most likely stay with them throughout their adult life as well.

You will have a healthier and stronger child, with the energy to enjoy their childhood. Read more

Teal Pumpkin Project

FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education)  shared that food allergy awareness and offering the option of non-food trinkets and toys in a separate bowl makes Halloween safer and more inclusive for all trick-or-treaters.

Take the Pledge

This spooky holiday is going to look a little different this year but no matter how you choose to celebrate, we are going to give you the tools to make it safe. Take the Teal Pumpkin Pledge! Sign up to tell your friends and neighbors that you want Halloween to be safe for everyone. Submit the form to receive your official Teal Pumpkin Project Pledge certificate to display on your window or door for the entire neighborhood to see.  We have resources galore for you to explore and tips to make the most of the entire month of October! Read more

FREE FLU VACCINES TO UNINSURED RESIDENTS

Flu vaccine prevents millions of illnesses and flu-related doctor’s visits each year. During 2018-2019, flu vaccination prevented an estimated 4.4 million influenza illnesses, 2.3 million influenza-associated medical visits, 58,000 influenza-associated hospitalizations, and 3,500 influenza-associated deaths (source: cdc.gov). This year, it is more important than ever that everyone gets a flu shot, so we are happy to share this announcement.

DuPage County, the DuPage Health Coalition, and Walgreens have partnered to offer FREE FLU VACCINES TO UNINSURED RESIDENTS.

Here’s what you need to know:

To learn how you can participate and request a flu voucher, or for more info, visit accessdupage.org/flu

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HOW EFFECTIVE IS HAND WASHING?

Dr. Dee (Amanda) here from Healing Hands Chiropractic, shared with Healthy Lombard that everyone knows that handwashing is supposed to be good for your health and prevents the spreading of germs. But how effective is it actually? Here at Healing Hands Chiropractic in Murfreesboro, TN we can offer you some tips, advice, and maybe a few things you didn’t know about the effectiveness of washing your hands. Dr. Dee and her staff are dedicated to providing you the best service for your overall health.

HOW DOES KEEPING YOUR HANDS CLEAN PREVENT THE SPREAD OF ILLNESS?

As humans we use our hands for many different things, it’s just part of how we operate on a daily basis. If we have germs on our hands there are lots of opportunities for the germs to be spread such as these listed below:

  • People frequently touch their faces allowing germs in through the eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Germs from unwashed hands can get into food and drinks.
  • Germs can be transferred to objects which other people can touch later.
  • We often come in to contact with others and use our hands such as handshaking or a touch

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The Benefits of Practicing Yoga with your Kids

https://www.homegym101.com/best-exercises-for-depression-and-anxiety/College of DuPage Nursing Student Kelley Mangerson writes that yoga, meditation, and mindfulness have become vastly popular in today’s society to improve physical and mental health. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC, 2020) reports the percentage of adults who are at least 18 years of age who practice yoga and meditation has increased from 9.5% in 2012 to 14.3% in 2017 and continues to increase. Yoga, meditation and mindfulness, are not only beneficial to adults, however, as the CDC reports, but studies have also shown that yoga and its accompanying practices may improve balance, strength, endurance, aerobic capacity, self-esteem, and focus in children.

Physical Benefits of Yoga in Children
Yoga might not be the first thing that comes to mind when you are thinking about helping your child be more active, however, like adults, children greatly benefit from a variety of different physical activities to ensure all body systems are engaged and developing. Yoga allows children to increase strength by using their own body weight, increase balance and control, strengthen their breathing, and improve endurance. By practicing yoga as a child, a healthy foundation is created along with a healthy relationship with exercise and the ability of children to be proactive with their health as they continue to grow. Read more