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(HealthDay News) -- Power mowers may seem easy to operate, but they can be deadly if misused. The American Academy of Pediatrics says you should follow these safety rules before you start mowing the lawn: Ensure that underage children are inside the home or are at a safe distance from the mower. Never...
(HealthDay News) -- Creating a campfire can be fun and practical, but it can lead to disaster if you don't follow some basic safety rules. The National Wildlife Federation offers this advice: Use dead pieces of soft wood lying around to start the fire, including pine, cedar or fir. Make sure...
(HealthDay News) -- Babies and toddlers are at higher risk for suffocation while they're sleeping. Parents can help keep their infants safe by following these guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Place an infant in a crib or bassinet with a firm mattress, without blankets, pillows...
(HealthDay News) -- Varicose veins are painful, swollen veins that usually affect the legs. While you may not be able to keep them from forming, you can take steps to prevent them from worsening. The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute mentions these prevention tips: Do not stand or sit...
(HealthDay News) -- Kids seem to climb everywhere, including on the furniture. To keep children safe, parents should make sure that furniture and TVs are securely anchored. The Safekids.org website offers these suggestions: Inspect every TV in your home for stability. If you have a flat-screen, mount it to the wall (following manufacturer's...
(HealthDay News) -- Your daughter's prime bone-building years are between ages 9 and 18. And the U.S. Office of Women's Health says it's never too early to start teaching her healthy bone habits. The agency's "Best Bones Forever!" website offers these tips for the parents of young girls: Set a good example...
(HealthDay News) -- When a craving hits and you absolutely need a snack, you may turn to a vending machine to quiet your growling belly. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics suggests these healthier vending machine options: Pretzels, trail mix, almonds or peanuts. Low-fat or fat-free popcorn. Cheese- or peanut butter-filled whole wheat crackers. Cereal...
(HealthDay News) -- Having a portable fire extinguisher on hand can save lives, so it's important to know how to properly store and use one in an emergency. The National Fire Protection Association offers these guidelines: You should only use a portable fire extinguisher in a contained area, in a room not...
(HealthDay News) -- Preparing for your next camping trip should include focusing on what to pack. This bit of preparation should lead to a less stressful, more enjoyable experience for everyone. The Nemours Foundation suggests bringing these camping essentials: A map of the camping area, along with a compass. A flashlight with a...
(HealthDay News) -- Children should have an eye exam sometime before their sixth birthday, even if there are no unusual symptoms. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says an appointment should be scheduled even sooner if the child has any of these warning signs: The child's eyes are frequently crossed. The...
(HealthDay News) -- It's important to stay as healthy as possible during pregnancy, since your health is directly related to the health of your baby. The American Academy of Family Physicians offers these suggestions for moms-to-be: Visit your doctor regularly for prenatal care. Gain an appropriate amount of weight. Don't try to shed...
(HealthDay News) -- Your child's pediatrician will be your partner for many years in helping your child grow into a healthy adolescent. The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests these factors to consider when selecting a pediatrician: Find out background information, such as where he or she attended medical school and where...
(HealthDay News) -- Before welcoming a new dog into your family, research how to choose the right one. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention offers these suggestions, which should help reduce the chances of you or a family member being bitten: Talk to a professional, such as a trainer or...
(HealthDay News) -- Planning a long-distance bike ride? You should pack a nutritious snack to help sustain your energy as you pedal. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics mentions these bike-friendly snacks that will give your muscles the nutrients they need: Bananas, which are a good source of potassium and carbohydrates. Peanut...
(HealthDay News) -- Don't let kids waste summer break parked in front of the TV. Instead, get them to exercise. The American Council on Exercise suggests these fun summer activities: Encourage kids to play sports such as soccer, basketball, skateboarding or surfing. Sign your child up for a martial arts class to...
(HealthDay News) -- Fungal conditions are relatively common in people with diabetes, and may cause an uncomfortable, itchy rash. The American Diabetes Association offers this information about a fungal skin infection: It can lead to red, itchy, moist patches surrounded by scales and small blisters. Common areas for these infections are at...
(HealthDay News) -- Taking medications as prescribed and avoiding triggers can help keep asthma under control, but you should look for warning signs that your asthma may be worsening. The U.S. National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute mentions these potential signs that asthma is getting worse: Your symptoms become more severe...
(HealthDay News) -- Exploring the great outdoors helps toddlers learn about the world around them, but it's important to create a safe environment without the risk of injury. The Nemours Foundation suggests how to promote safe outdoor play for toddlers: Offer different types of balls to encourage learning to kick, catch...
(HealthDay News) -- Running a humidifier during the dry months may help moisturize sinus passages, but it can cause problems for those with allergies. The American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology suggests how to minimize allergy symptoms during humidifier use: Talk to your allergist about using a humidifier...
(HealthDay News) -- Taking care of your joints and managing arthritis can help reduce symptoms, improve joint function and lower your healthcare costs. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests these management techniques: Get regular physical activity of at least 30 minutes daily, at least five days per week. Break...