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Archive for July, 2011

What’s Bugging Your Kid?

In this hot weather during summer months, bugs can be a bother to you and your children.  If you don’t always like grabbing for the chemicals to keep them away here are some cool home remedies that get the job done.

If your child has a run in with a bee, don’t run to the medicine cabinet, go to the fridge instead.  Nothing stops the pain from a bee sting like an ice cube.  You don’t need to panic any longer when your child runs over crying because of a sting.  Grab an ice cube and just hold it on the area for a few seconds and their tears will turn into smiles instantly.  If your child has the bee or wasp stinger still in them it’s natural to pull them out using tweezers.  When you do this, you are actually releasing more of the venom into your child, instead scrape it off with a credit card or playing card.

Another well known sting that comes from a favorite summer get away is a jelly fish sting at the beach.  These stings are known to make a grown man cry, so imagine how it feels to a child.  The remedy for this is ammonia.  Those who live at the beach know to carry a little bottle of this magical solution with them at all times.  So when you are packing your beach bag, towel and lotion, don’t forget to throw in a bottle of ammonia to save your family from a lot of pain.

The lemon juice in your fridge can be used for more than flavoring food.   If your child gets any type of bug bite, just grab a fresh lemon or simply use lemon  juice and squeeze it on.  This will help take away the sting and cool the bite.  If you don’t have a lemon other fruit will work as well (limes, oranges or grapefruits).   There are also the clingy bugs known as ticks.  They carry a serious condition known as Lyme disease and cling to your child’s shirt like glue.   When this happens, flick them off don’t squeeze them.  If they have already attached to your child’s skin, cover it with olive oil and then use tweezers to gently pull them off.

To protect your children from these buggy friends there are chemical bug repellents you can purchase from the store or natural ingredients from your home you can use.   Take eucalyptus leaves, citrus peels, cinnamon, or cayenne pepper and soak it in rubbing alcohol for a dap-on non-toxic repellent.    Whether you choose the home remedies or chemical treatments, enjoy the summer months and activities with your children, but watch out for those extra buggy guests!

Source by: Jaipi Sixbear

Written by: Kim Hensinger

Top Ten Tips For Improving Family Beach Safety and Enjoyment

Top Ten Tips For Improving Family Beach Safety And Enjoyment

One of the favorite vacations for families is going to the beach.  When you are enjoying the sun, ocean and sand, just remember these few tips to keep your family safe!

  1. Wind, Waves, Currents: All parents should understand that wind generates waves.  The stronger the wind, the stronger the waves.  When the “surf’s up” it is often too dangerous for the average swimmer, particularly small children.
  2. Never Swim Alone: Whenever venturing into the water, make every attempt to swim with another proficient swimmer.  Swimming alone in the ocean can often be unsafe.
  3. No Diving or Head-First Entries– The sand under the water is not soft and forgiving.  Two-thirds of all catastrophic neck injuries (apx. 800 annually) occur in open-water areas, not swimming pools.  Feet-first is the only safe way for you and your kids to enter the water.
  4. Lost Children: The number one problem at beaches is lost children.  Go to the beach with a plan.  Your children should know where you entered, where you place the blanket and a meeting spot in case of separation.
  5. Close, Active Supervision: You must watch your child (ren) 100% of the time.  You have to be active, aggressive, and attentive at all times.  Remember it only takes seconds to drown.
  6. Learn How To Swim/ Wear A Life Jacket: If you don’t know how to swim, then waist-deep water can be dangerously deep.  Wear a properly sized and fitted United States Coast Guard Approved life jacket.
  7. Rip Currents: Rip currents account for more than 80% of near-drownings in our oceans.  Ask about rip currents at your beach.  If you get caught in one don’t panic, breathe deep and swim parallel to shore.
  8. Take Frequent Breaks– Fatigue, sunburn, hypothermia, heat exhaustion and heat stroke can all become problems.  For your health and safety, take frequent breaks from the sun and water with your family and take your children to the restroom.
  9. Look But Don’t Touch– Many birds, turtles and marine life forms often wash up on beaches.  Do not get too close and above all, do not touch the organism.  Your child (ren)  may hurt the creature or it may hurt them!
  10.  Follow You Flags, Check The Conditions Of The Beach– Learn the flag system at your beach and remember, “When in doubt, don’t go out!”  Red– Dangerous conditions, Yellow-Caution: Moderately Dangerous Conditions, and Green– Mild Ocean Conditions.

Source by:  Tom Griffiths

Written by: Kim Hensinger

Pool Safety Tips

Pool Safety Tips

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In order to have a fun and safe summer with your child (ren), here are some easy safety tips to follow around swimming pools.

1.  Never leave your children alone in or near the pool, even  for a moment.

2.  Practice “touch supervision” with the children younger  than 5 years old.  This means that the adult is within an arm’s length of the child at all times.

3.  Keep rescue equipment and a telephone by the pool.

4.  Remove all toys from the pool after use so children aren’t  tempted to reach for them.

5.  Long hair and limbs can get caught in pool drains creating risk for young swimmers.  Make sure that no pool drains are broken or missing.  Even better, if your child has long  hair, pin it up to prevent accidenta lsuction. Know     where  your circuit breaker is for the pool/spa and label it clearly in the event it needs to be shut off during an emergency.

6.  Make sure your child does not run around pools in case it is wet and could cause them to slip.

7.  It is important to be CPR certified or at least know general steps in case of an emergency.

8.  Teach your child to look for other children before sliding or diving into a pool.

9.  If your child is 4 or older register them for some type of swim class so they get use to the water and general techniques to keep afloat.

10.   Lastly, but most important, keep a watchful eye on your child at all times.  Be observant and responsive to what they are doing. 

The National Safety Council reports that 600 children and adults drown annually in swimming pools, 330 in home pools.  These approaches are just a few that could reduce injuries or fatal harm to your child (ren).  Remember, have fun and enjoy the time with your child (ren) but be SAFE!

Article information given by: tipp (The injury prevention program) and American academy of Pediatrics

Top 5 Day Trips For Kids

Looking for fun and affordable day trips?  Here are the top 5 day trips that help you spend quality time with your children while having fun and educating their young minds at the same time.

Family - Mom Daughter A1.  Adventure Aquarium – This newly renovated facility includes a dozen exhibits that allow you to explore 200,000 square feet of sharks, hippos, exotic animals and sea life from around the world.  It has also added a 4D theatre that teaches your children in a new way about their favorite sea creatures.  You don’t need to go all the way to the beach or ocean to learn about sea life!

1 Aquarium Drive

Camden, NJ


Open 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


2.  Camelbeach– Come experience splashing success as you use the 22 waterslides provided at Camelbeach.  You will also have fun participating in miniature golf and bumping boats. For those who just want to relax and swim don’t forget about our competition sized swimming pool which is heated so kids stay warm as they cool off!

Exit 299 I-80

Tannersville, PA


Open 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.


3.   Dutch Wonderland – Teach your children about the heart of Pennsylvania located in Dutch Country while riding on over 30 rides and experiencing shows for the whole family.  It’s a true KINGDOM FOR KIDS!

2249 Lincoln Highway East

Lancaster, PA

Open daily 10:00a.m.


4.   Dorney Park and Wild Water Kingdom– Two parks in one!  Enjoy roller coasters, kiddie rides, shows and entertainment in Dorney Park and cross over the in-park train tracks into a water world of wave pools, tube and body slides and relaxation for everyone!

3830 Dorney Park Road

Allentown, PA 18104

 (610) 395-3724

Open 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.


5.  Philadelphia Zoo – Let your children learn about their favorite animals with the 42-acre garden and over 1,600 rare and exotic animals.  Experience more than 20 exhibits, shows and attractions revolving around the beautiful creatures of the world!

3400 W. Girard Ave.

Philadelphia, PA


Source by: Steve Althouse

Safety Clothes: Steve Althouse

Written by: Kim Hensinger


Traveling With Your Children

 Traveling with Your Children

  Traveling with the family is fun, but it’s important to be prepared. Here are sInfant Girl Clappingome tips and advice for parents to consider before they travel with their young ones.


Infant to One Year

  • Plan for an active stretch. A rest stop break or a playground – let them walk or toddle for twenty or so minutes before climbing back in the car.
  • Fun: music, mobiles, bubbles and books.
  • Pre-measure formula into bottles and carry a room temperature bottle of water to mix on the go.
  • Be prepared for a mess – snacks, diapers, spit-up, etc. – small trash bag, wipes, hand sanitizer (for the adults), spare water, tissues, bib and a blanket.
  • Even if you are traveling by plane, a car seat can double as a feeding chair or nap location. Call ahead for a crib to be added to your hotel room.
  • Be prepared and do not overload yourself. If time allows, buy what you can when you get to your destination.


First Steps (12 to 18 months)

  • Many of the Infant travel tips apply here.
  • Use “links” to keep toys within your child’s reach.
  • Even in the cool weather, crack a window for fresh air. Stale air may make your little one grumpy. Remove heavy jackets and shoes for comfort.
  • Fun: Music, books, stuffed animal, play mirror and foam shapes that will “stick” to the car seat. In an airplane – purchase headphones for music and rest it on your child’s shoulders instead of over their ears.
  • Have some active playtime just before leaving and plan for frequent stops. In an airplane, let children walk down the aisle periodically at their own pace.
  • Airports can be a bustling place. This may be the one time you check your luggage at the curb. This way you can focus on your little one’s needs without the hassle of luggage in tow.


Toddler and Get Set (18 to 36 months)

  • Many of the First Steps travel tips apply here.
  • Play window games – count the silos, trucks or red lights.
  • Attach a mirror to the front passenger visor so you can see and interact with your toddler without having to spin around.
  • Buckle up a toy bin right next to the children so they can help themselves – books, links, stuffed animals and puppets.
  • Have your child help you pack a picnic lunch or snack and then serve it to everyone.
  • A blanket can make a quick play space in any lobby, airport, etc.


Preschool to Pre-K (36 months+)

  • “I Spy” a blue car, a white truck and other objects you can see while moving.
  • Laptop desk for drawing with paper and crayons.
  • Car-Ride Checklist – make a picture itinerary of landmarks you will see along the way.
  • Ask your child to keep score – gas prices, mileage or count out toll money.
  • Play “I’m thinking of an animal.” Provide age-appropriate hints to help your child guess a particular animal.
  • If you’re using a hotel babysitter: 1. Check the sitter’s credentials, including criminal and/or child abuse clearances. 2. Check the room and the equipment in the room. 3. Carry your phone and check your phone service when you arrive at your destination.