Autumn Outdoors: Fun Activities for Families

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After summer has ended and the weather outside begins to turn chilly, most kids begin to find ways to entertain themselves inside the house. While this might work for a few days, it leave them full of energy that results in messy rooms! Before you contemplate letting your little ones stage a football game so they’ll stop making a mess, consider the outdoor activities below. They are perfect for the cooler autumn weather and will help kids of any age get all their energy out.

1. Play Cornhole

Cornhole is an excellent game to play with kids because it’s fun for all ages. How do you play? It’s easy! All you need is a cornhole board and bags, which you can purchase or make on your own. Once you have those supplies, simply choose a spot to throw the bags from and challenge each kid to make it into a hole.
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How to Create a Safe Outdoor Space for Your Child to Play In

Guest post contributed by Hannah Whittenly

Playing outside is a favorite activity for many children, and it is a healthy way for them to spend their free time. After all, when they are running around and playing actively outdoors, they are getting plenty of exercise, and they are exposed to fresh air and sunshine. However, children can easily get injured or harmed in other ways when playing outdoors if they are not in a safe, secure place. These tips will help you to create an ideal outdoor space for your children.
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Painful Dilemmas: What to Do When Your Child Has Been Stung by a Bee

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While playing outside during the warm spring and summer months is a lot of fun, there are some risks that your child will face by doing so. One risk is being stung by a bee. If a bee stings your child it can be a painful and shocking experience. When this does happen, here are four things that you should do to help your child and prevent it from happening again.
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How to Help Keep Your Child Healthy & Flu-Free When They Go to School

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Getting a cold is bad enough, but the flu is exponentially worse. Comparatively, a cold is like being hit by a kid on a skateboard while an influenza infection is like getting hit by a bus. You not only want to keep your children flu-free for their own benefit, but you also want to protect yourself and the rest of your family from being sidelined for a couple of weeks, or longer. Here are some tips to keep your kids from the flu this school year.
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Want To Get Away As A Family? Get The Kids Involved!

Planning a family vacation can be both enjoyable and stressful. It can be fun to decide where you want to go and choose all of the things that you want to do. But faced with accommodation issues for the whole family or the logistics of the flight with a couple of kids can feel overwhelming. Quite often it will be one person taking charge of the planning, and the rest of the family just turns up. But have you ever thought about getting your kids to help and getting them involved in the whole vacation planning process? Here are some tips and tricks to get your children involved, and to help them to help you.

Read Books

Our children won’t know where they want to visit or won’t know what things to see and do if they have never heard of places before. So as part of their schooling or nighttime reading, choose some books that are based on different countries to amaze and inspire them. If you have a particular destination in mind, then why not head to the library with them to see what related books you can find. Getting them excited about where you’re going helps so much for when you’re actually away.

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5 Easy Ways to Keep Your Family Safe at Home

If you watch or read the news, the events around the world today may have you particularly concerned about your family’s safety. However, the biggest threats to you and your family’s safety, such as drowning, vehicle accidents, falls, and accidental poisonings, are found closest to home. Fortunately, there are many easy things you can do to help protect your family from danger.

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Child Sprained Their Ankle? How to Diagnose the Severity and Treat It

A child can receive a sprained ankle from athletic activities, playground injuries, from jumping games or simply from clowning around. Ankle sprains can range from very mild to severe, and the degree of discomfort can vary from one individual to another. If your child comes home with a sprained ankle, you may be able to treat it at home. However, some sprains can be severe and should be seen by your pediatrician.

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5 Nutrients That Should Be in All of Your Kids’ Meals

It can seem overwhelming to think of all the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients kids need to be healthy. Harder yet is making sure your picky kid not only gets them in every meal but eats them as well! While our children might seem to be eating healthy, shockingly, it has been reported that up to 99% of some age groups are low on one or more of these vital nutrients. As you read, you will see that there are some easy and delicious foods you can add to meals to ensure your child is getting what he or she needs.

 

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is necessary for our kids’ diets because it is an important antioxidant. Antioxidants protect cells from being damaged by oxidation caused by free radicals. It can prevent many long-term diseases, and it’s great for the immune system. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides an information which shows how much Vitamin E your child should be getting based on his or her age. You can make sure to get Vitamin E in your child’s meals by serving nuts, green vegetables like broccoli and spinach, peanut butter, avocado, tomato sauces, and fortified cereals.

 

Iron

Iron is necessary for hemoglobin to transport oxygen to the rest of your child’s body. Not only is it important for body function, but an iron deficiency can lead to a greater chance of lead poisoning. Lack of iron can cause the body to absorb the lead more readily. Baby formula is usually fortified with iron for good reason. Iron can also be found in meats, dark leafy greens, raisins, and iron-fortified bread, cereal, and pasta. At times, your child may need even more iron than is recommended. Young athletes, children who are experiencing rapid growth, are teen girls experiencing menstruation might need an extra dose of iron. Check with your doctor to make sure they are getting enough.

 

Fiber

Fiber may not be the first thing you think of when you think of your children’s nutrient needs. Fiber is great for aiding digestion and keeping your kid regular. Not only that, but it’s great for long-term health, lowering cholesterol and preventing diabetes. You can make sure your child gets what he or she needs by adding fruits and vegetables, whole grain bread and cereals, almonds, and beans to their meals.

 

Potassium

Make sure your nutrition meals consist of potassium. Potassium is a very beneficial mineral found in bananas, oranges, milk, yogurt, potatoes, and prunes. It helps stabilize water in their growing body and offsets dehydration. Your kids’ bodies need potassium to help their muscles move and nerves to work. Your child needs anywhere from 400mg/day to 4,700mg/day depending on their age.

 

Calcium

It shouldn’t be a surprise that we need to keep our kids’ bone health in mind while they are constantly growing. Not only is calcium necessary for strong bones, but it also assists muscles and nerves, and it helps the body deliver enzymes and hormones necessary for proper body function. Children 1 to 3 years old should be getting 700mg of calcium daily. 4 to 8-year-olds need 1,000mg a day, and 9-18-year-olds need 1,300mg. Milk, yogurt, cheese, fortified cereals and orange juice, beans, broccoli, and even ice cream are great sources of calcium.

Many of the foods your child already knows and loves contain many of the vital vitamins and minerals necessary for their health. Keep in mind these 5 specifically, and make sure to provide the foods that contain them in every meal. A happy, healthy child will be your reward.

 

5 Ways to Treat a Child’s Earache

There’s nothing quite so miserable as a child with an earache. The worst is when the ache starts in the middle of the night; both you and your child are in for a sleepless night unless you can get the pain under control. If the pain is severe, you can take your child to a facility like Emergency Care Dynamics for help; however, you might want to try one of the following home remedies first.

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