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Coffee Stunts Children's Growth: Myth or Fact? Get the truth about how coffee does and doesn't effect children in this health video.
Transcript: Besides the jitteriness and the insomnia, children have another reason not to drink coffee: it stunts...
Besides the jitteriness and the insomnia, children have another reason not to drink coffee: it stunts their growth. Or so was once thought, according to an old wives' tale. But after decades of research on the physiological results of coffee consumption, there's no evidence that it has ANY effect on height. The genesis of this myth is unclear. Caffeine consumption was thought to be a factor in osteoporosis, which stemmed from early studies associating high intake of caffeinated beverages with reduced bone mass. Much of the research, however, that linked caffeine and osteoporosis, was conducted in populations that ALSO had low calcium intakes, a DEFINITE culprit of reduced bone health. The minor effect that caffeine MAY have on calcium absorption is easily mitigated by adding a few tablespoons of milk into your coffee. If coffee doesn't stunt children's growth, should you still limit their consumption? Perhaps, if you don't want caffeine-induced mania driving you mildly insane!More »
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If you want to have fun in the sun without skin damage you must make use of sunscreen. Check out this video to know how to use sunscreen in the best possible way.
Transcript: School's out...and so is the sun. Learn how to keep your kids safe from its rays! The sun may be the...
School's out...and so is the sun. Learn how to keep your kids safe from its rays! The sun may be the mark of summer, and your kids can play outside safely if they're wearing sunscreen. But here's the catch: You MUST apply it correctly. Start by applying a very thick layer of sunscreen. Use so much that it becomes hard to rub it all in. With sunscreen, timing is everything. To get the benefits, you must apply it half an hour before your kids go outside. Reapplying every two hours is also necessary, even with waterproof formulas! The DEET in insect repellants reduces the effectiveness of sunscreen, so increase the SPF if your kids are wearing bug spray. Proper sun safety also requires sunglasses. Luckily, most children love wearing them! Pick a pair of shades that protects against BOTH UVA and UVB rays. And polycarbonate lenses are best, as they are the most shatter resistant. Most of the sun damage done to our skin occurs before age 18, so keep your kids protected today, and they'll thank you tomorrow!More »
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You may never have noticed it but your home is full of things which can injure your baby. Our video on childproofing for dummies can help you.
Transcript: What do a car key and a television cart have in common? They could each injure your child! You know that...
What do a car key and a television cart have in common? They could each injure your child! You know that you need to childproof your home before your little one is tearing through it, but here are some things you might not have considered. First, keep your car locked at ALL times, and remember to hide the keys! Believe it or not, even a two-year old can get a car in gear. That's why hiding the keys ensures you avoid a "car crash into the mailbox" moment! You probably never thought of your television as a threat to your toddling tot, but if it's on a rolling cart with wheels, it could be! Rolling carts can fall over and crush a little one. Instead, put your TV on a high, sturdy surface. These easy tweaks help ensure that your home is 100 percent safe-so you feel 100 percent secure!More »
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If you dread getting the the flu shot, you're not the only one. But there are benefits to getting the vaccine. Find out more about the flu shot and what it can do for you during flu season.
Transcript: Unsurprisingly, your kid doesn't want to get a flu shot. But does she need one? If you have a child between...
Unsurprisingly, your kid doesn't want to get a flu shot. But does she need one? If you have a child between the ages of six months and five years, the recommendation is yes! Now, the 100 million doses of the flu vaccine manufactured annually ensure that there's sufficient vaccine for every child under five. Why does it matter? Some children who get the influenza virus can experience severe illness, or-in the case of 36,000 annually-death. If your kid isn't thrilled about a yearly shot, another option, called FluMist, is available to vaccinate her against the flu. FluMist is a nasal vaccine, which is currently approved for use in healthy people ages two to forty-nine. Whether it's the mist or the shot, however, if your children are younger than five, it's recommended that you get them vaccinated, preferably before December. After all: You'll both breathe easier as a result!More »
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80 percent of parents use their baby's car seat wrong! Baby car seat safety can literally be a life saver. Learn how to use it right.
Transcript: Most parents know that car seats are important, yet 80 percent don't use them properly! Here's help....
Most parents know that car seats are important, yet 80 percent don't use them properly! Here's help. The easiest way to ensure that your child stays safe in the car is to use the right seat for his age and weight, and to face him the correct way. Infants need to sit facing backwards until they reach one year. After they have passed their first birthday AND weigh over twenty pounds, toddlers can graduate to a forward-facing car seat. Children over forty pounds should ride in what's known as a belt positioning booster seat. It's wise to keep kids out of "normal" seat belts until they are about eighty pounds. Your child won't be ready for a regular belt until the shoulder strap sits on his shoulder, not the neck, and the lap belt rests in his lap, not the tummy. Remember, too, that all kids under twelve should sit in the backseat. Follow these guidelines to ensure that every road trip is a safe one.More »
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We are all familiar with food poisoning; it is quite especially when traveling. Learn how to prevent food poisoning and stay safe.
Transcript: Eighty million people get sick from food poisoning each year. Those most at risk? Children! Food poisoning...
Eighty million people get sick from food poisoning each year. Those most at risk? Children! Food poisoning is usually mild, but in some people, dehydration, kidney failure and even death can result. Avoid feeding your children contaminated foods with these tips. Set the temperature of your refrigerator to 40 degrees Fahrenheit or below, and your freezer to zero. When you thaw frozen meats, be sure you do so in the fridge-don't leave them out to speed the process! As you prepare foods, consider throwing away that old wooden cutting board and investing in a plastic one. That's because bacteria can get trapped in a wooden board's many grooves. Also, avoid giving your kids unpasteurized milk or fruit juices, like apple cider. And, of course, cook meat and eggs thoroughly before eating them. Red meats should reach 160 degrees, while chicken should be heated to 180 degrees. As a parent, you have plenty to worry about. These tricks help eliminate food poisoning from the list!More »
Last Modified: 2013-06-06 | Tags »
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Being prepared for emergencies is a wise move for the safety of your children. Watch this video to learn easy emergency preparedness steps.
Transcript: Thirty million American children will need emergency care this year. What if your child is one of them?...
Thirty million American children will need emergency care this year. What if your child is one of them? Luckily, you can take precautions to ensure that in an emergency, you'll be prepared to take quick action! First, program an emergency number into your phone under ICE, or "in case of emergency." This will save time, and in case there's an emergency involving you, you can teach even young children to use this feature! Make sure that your house street number is easily visible, and that it's well-lit at night. This may save precious seconds! It's also important to post all medical information for EACH child. Hang it on the fridge or by the phone, so it's accessible. List any medications your child takes, allergies she suffers from, and her current vaccinations. When you're flustered, these emergency tips can save time, and maybe...your child's life.More »
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Do you know how to use the EpiPen? If you or anyone you know is allergic to insect bites, foods or other types of allergens, The EpiPen can be a lifesaver. Learn how to use it, if you ever need to.
Transcript: If you or someone you love has a severe allergy to insect bites, certain foods or other allergens, the...
If you or someone you love has a severe allergy to insect bites, certain foods or other allergens, the Epipen can be a life-saver. The Epipen contains an injection of the adrenal hormone epinephrine, a stimulant that can counter the symptoms of a severe allergic reaction, including: swelling of the face, constriction of the airways, a swollen tongue or throat, trouble breathing, a severe drop in blood pressure, a weak and rapid pulse, hives, and nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.Here's how to use an Epipen. First, BEFORE you are in a crisis situation, take the time to read all directions on the label...you will not have much time to do this "in the moment."When you need to use the Epipen:1. Pull off the blue safety release cap. 2. Swing the orange tip very firmly against the outer thigh so it 'clicks.' HOLD on thigh for approximately 10 seconds to deliver the drug. Do NOT inject into the buttocks; this may not be effective. 3. After the injection, don't worry if there is excess liquid in the device. There's usually a small amount that can't be used. Now, if the allergic reaction was caused by an insect sting, you should remove the stinger. Grab it with a pair of tweezers or your fingers but don't squeeze or push the stinger. 4. Proceed to the nearest hospital emergency room RIGHT AWAY. The effects of epinephrine may wear off and the allergic reaction may reappear. You need medical support to be sure you are safely through the episode.Keep in mind, the injection can cause upset stomach, vomiting, sweating, dizziness, shakes, nervousness, pale skin and headaches. To learn about more allergies and how to treat them, check out other videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2013-01-29 | Tags »
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Anaphylaxis involves the entire body. Find out from our allergist if anaphylaxis symptoms occur in the same way every time, or if a person will have the same symptoms for each reaction.
Transcript: Does anaphylaxis present the same every time? It's a bit different for everyone, but within seconds...
Does anaphylaxis present the same every time? It's a bit different for everyone, but within seconds or minutes after contact with a trigger, FULL-FLEDGED anaphylactic shock may occur. It presents different from an asthma attack because it CAN involve any or all these symptoms: HIVES, and itchy, reddened skin; trouble breathing; wheezing; SWOLLEN face, tongue, and throat; VOMITING and diarrhea; WEAK pulse; sneezing, dizziness and fainting. The only way to stop anaphylactic shock in that moment is with an injection of epinephrine.More »
Last Modified: 2013-07-03 | Tags »
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Anaphylactic reactions are extremely rare and can be life threatening. These can cause tongue swelling, hives, and shock. Check out the video to learn some interesting facts.
Transcript: It's rare, but allergies CAN be deadly. Anaphylaxis, a severe WHOLE-BODY reaction can lead to suffocation...
It's rare, but allergies CAN be deadly. Anaphylaxis, a severe WHOLE-BODY reaction can lead to suffocation or heart failure. According to research, anaphylactic reactions are responsible for approximately 1,500 deaths in the U.S. each year. And 88 percent of those involve sudden cardiovascular collapse. Anaphylaxis typically occurs after a SECOND exposure to an allergen,. This is because the FIRST exposure causes the immune system to create antibodies to the TRIGGERING SUBSTANCE-think peanuts, bee stings, or mold. The second exposure sends those antibodies into action, causing a cascade of bodily reactions that lead to loss of blood pressure, hives, constriction of airways, and gastrointestional problems. The skin and respiratory system are most likely to be affected, followed by the gastrointestinal tract and circulatory and nervous systems. The most COMMON triggers of anaphylaxis are FOODS such as peanuts, wheat, tree nuts, shellfish, fish, milk, and eggs, MEDICATIONS, including antibiotics, aspirin, ibuprofen, and other anti-inflammatory drugs, as well as insect VENOM from stings have also been known to trigger an anaphylactic reaction. If you are HIGHLY allergic to ANY substance, and have experienced an anaphylactic reaction, OR if you are at risk due to genetics or past health history, you should have an "allergy action plan." Carry an epinephrine injection with you at all times; Wear a medic alert bracelet that explains your potential condition, and in a crisis Call 911 immediately. EMTs may give antihistamines and corticosteroids intravenously to reduce airway inflammation and a beta agonist to relieve breathing symptoms. To learn more about allergic reactions, check out other videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2013-04-16 | Tags »
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Severe allergies and anaphylaxis run in families. Your risk of having a severe reaction depends largely on your genetics. Watch this video to learn more about your likelihood of having a severe allergy attack.
Transcript: Some people are at an increased risk for a life-threatening allergic reaction to triggers such as, but...
Some people are at an increased risk for a life-threatening allergic reaction to triggers such as, but not limited to, shellfish and bee stings. That's because genetics plays a big part in the development of anaphylaxis-triggering allergies. A family history of MILDER problems such as allergic asthma, hay fever or even eczema can make all family members more susceptible to a life-threatening allergic reaction. Also, if a person is severely allergic to one substance, like peanuts, it makes him or her more likely to become severely allergic to other things, such as insect stings or certain medications, too. Children and teens are more at risk for serious food allergies than adults. But in some cases, they may be "outgrown", either indefinitely or for an extended period of time. Interestingly, severe anaphylactic allergic reactions occur on the SECOND or THIRD exposure to an allergen, not the first. So, if severe allergic reactions run in your family, and, for example, your child has already eaten peanuts once and had only a minimal reaction--or none at all-- don't assume he or she is in the clear. You should have easy access to an epipen JUST in case, as should the school nurse. A second exposure could trigger a much more serious reaction.More »
Last Modified: 2013-07-03 | Tags »
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Been asking yourself 'why get vaccinated?' Well, we have the answer. Watch this video to see why you want to get a shot or two.
Transcript: If you're wondering why you should get vaccinated, you should first appreciate how vaccines work. The...
If you're wondering why you should get vaccinated, you should first appreciate how vaccines work. The science behind it is pretty fascinating. When viruses or bacteria attack the body, the immune system goes to war, creating antibodies to fight them off. And once it does that, even long after you're healthy again, the immune system remembers what it took to fight off that particular infection. If it ever meets up with it again-watch out. It knows just what to crank out so your body can defeat that germ and keep you healthy. Vaccines do the same thing without making you sick. They train your body for battle. By injecting a weak version of an otherwise harmful disease into your system, you have a chance to build immunity in case you come in contact with the full-fledged bacteria or virus. Without this pre-existing immunity, your body might not have time to figure out how to build up enough antibodies to control the disease before it makes you ill --or worse. Being vaccinated can end up meaning the difference between life and death, especially in children, the elderly or those with medical conditions who have weakened immune systems. Also, vaccinations can benefit entire communities of people. The greater number of people who are vaccinated, the more those who can't be vaccinated due to allergies, pregnancy or illness are protected. If fewer people come down with a particular disease, there's less chance of it spreading to the most vulnerable among us. To find out what vaccines you need, check out the rest of the videos in this series.More »
Last Modified: 2012-12-10 | Tags »
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