Sunday, January 21, 2018

What Parents Need to Know About Ebola, Rotavirus and Influenza

There is no doubt that flu season brings a great amount of stress to parents of small children. Not only are you concerned about your own well being, but you are also faced with the decisions of whether or not to get your child a flu vaccine, to keep them home when running a low-grade fever, and how to prevent your child from catching the illness from someone else.

This year, in addition to facing the stress of flu season, parents are also concerned about the threat of Ebola and the Rotavirus. By educating yourself on the signs, symptoms and risks of each of these illnesses, you will know what actions to take if your child seems to have a viral infection.

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How to Talk to Your Kids About Tobacco

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

Mississippi’s RAT (Reject All Tobacco) program teaches kids that, even though some people 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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Higher Risk During Holidays: Food Poisoning

The joys of family gatherings make winter holidays special. Aunts, uncles, cousins, and in-laws welcome each other with hugs, gifts, parties, and food … lots of food. There are home-cooked salads and sandwiches sitting out all day, ready for noshers and snackers. They sure taste good, yet an afternoon on the counter gives nasty bugs a chance to build up forces, with their revenge taken hours later.

Food contaminated by bacteria, viruses, parasites, and their toxins cause food poisoning. Symptoms of abdominal cramping, vomiting, and diarrhea usually start within hours of eating contaminated food, though sometimes the symptoms begin days or even weeks after the exposure. In general, symptoms last only a few hours, though in some types of infections, watery diarrhea can last for several days.

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Holiday Fun in the Kitchen: Kid-Friendly Pet Treat Gifts

One of the best ways to bond with your children over this holiday season is to get them in the kitchen with you to do a little baking. Multitask by baking some easy pet treats that you can later give as holiday gifts to all the little doggies in your life. Turn off the television and all the distractions, put on a little holiday music and aprons, and get everyone baking!

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Celebrate Fresh: Local Christmas Tree Farms

Christmas trees are a beautiful part of a joyous holiday season. Mississippi growers offer a nice selection of native trees, often along with unexpected seasonal activities that would make selecting that special tree an event to remember.

Here’s your chance to have a memorable outing and support our farmers. Have some fun -- go to a local Christmas tree farm!

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