Sunday, January 21, 2018

Water Safety Tips for Summer

Swimming, boating, and fishing are part of life on the Gulf Coast. We love the lazy days of summer when we can kick back by the pool or on the beach with friends while the kids play nearby. But it is important to arm yourself with information that can dramatically reduce the likelihood that your children will have a problem with water.

What do you need to know to keep your child safe this summer? We spoke with Marie Kimball, the Aquatics Director for the Blossman Family YMCA in Ocean Springs. She stresses these five tips for water safety:

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School’s Out for Summer: Now Keep ‘em Busy in South Mississippi!

While many kids are singing the famous Alice Cooper tune “School’s Out for Summer,” some parents are singing the blues, troubled by the perennial question: How do I keep these kids occupied all summer?

Parents and Kids is here to help. Following, you will find basic details on events taking place soon from all corners of the Mississippi Coast. There are many events out there, but we have whittled the list down to the ones we think you’d enjoy best with young children in tow.

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How to Talk to Your Kids About Tobacco

Kids today see people smoking and using dip tobacco almost everywhere – at the homes of friends and family members, at sporting events and in advertisements, popular movies and television shows.

Mississippi’s RAT (Reject All Tobacco) program teaches kids that, even though people do smoke, smoking is not a normal part of a healthy life. Terrance the Rat, the campaign’s animated mascot, teaches kids that tobacco use often leads to cancer and other diseases.

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“Mommy, My Tummy Hurts”

“Mommy, my tummy hurts.” A common complaint from children of all ages, this symptom poses a conundrum for both mother and doctor. The cause might be something simple, or the first sign of a medical emergency. For this discussion I’ll focus on the two- to four-year-olds, those old enough to complain, yet perhaps not able to explain their symptoms.

The area people think of as “stomach” is called the abdomen in medicine, stretching from the rib cage to the pelvis. Mostly it holds our intestines, and a handful of related organs such as the liver, spleen, pancreas, kidney, and bladder. When a child’s stomach hurts, the cause is often something having to do with the bowels, such as a bad reaction to food or constipation. Symptoms related to the bowel include a sense of cramping and a feeling of being bloated. Many times treatment with a common stomach medicine, such as Pepto Bismol, antacid, or a mild laxative will help.

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Just Breathe: Charlotte’s Story

Mandy Hall is the mother of a bubbly and loving three-year-old, Charlotte. Hall knew soon after Charlotte was born that something was “just not right.”

After five days, Mandy followed her mommy instincts and took her newborn to the emergency room. The ER doctor sent them by ambulance to Children’s of Mississippi’s Batson’s Children’s Hospital in Jackson for testing.

The newborn was immediately treated for an intestinal blockage, because she had not passed her first stool. Test results revealed something serious: Cystic Fibrosis (CF).

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