Best Purifiers and Humidifiers for Children – How To Choose
There are different types of purifiers and humidifiers available for your children’s room, each one having its advantages and disadvantages. In order to make the right choice, it is important to understand these differences, to know what you want to achieve and of course, the way your children react to the chosen device.
An air humidifier must be chosen considering the size of the room. Each one of them should come with specifications about a maximum surface it can cover. A humidifier using warm air in a small room will definitely increase the temperature. On the other hand, a low-power device in a room that is too large is inefficient, so it will waste energy for nothing. These are also usually the cheapest, but they can be dangerous for children if they put their hands above the hot air current. If you can put it in a safe place where your child can’t reach it, then you can use it with no worries.
When do I need it?
Specialists claim humidifiers are recommended during the summer and winter and in any moment when the humidity in the air is very low. The device is used to regulate the humidity level in a room, and it is an essential accessory for the room of your child. By filtering the air and regulating the humidity, the environment in the baby’s room is a lot cleaner and the air is fresher.
Benefits of air humidifiers
Main benefit of purifiers and humidifiers is that they can be used both during the winter and summer, without changing the temperature in the room. However, using it continuously during the winter might lead to health problems for children. It is why you need to follow the instructions of the manufacturer about installing and positioning the device, and about setting it up for optimal performance and comfort.
It has been proven that babies staying in rooms where the air is purified with an efficient humidifier breathe and sleep better. Moreover, on the long term, they are protected of allergies and dry skin problems.
It is recommended to use distilled water in any humidifier, as they can disperse impurities from the water in the air, which might irritate the lungs of the baby.
Choose a silenced model, as you will want to use them for the whole duration of the night without affecting the baby’s sleep. Moreover, choose a model that shuts down automatically when the water level is too low. This way, you will avoid unwanted accidents. Don’t use flavored water with humidifiers unless you are sure your child does not have any allergy to the substances used.
The best humidifiers are the ones that are able to measure the humidity in the air. This way, you will always know when the humidifier is required and when you need to turn it off. By using it on the long term, you will observe dusts gathers a lot harder on surfaces in the room, and the better ventilation will increase the state of health and mood of your children.…
Summer Safety Tips for Children
For most families, summer means spending more free time outdoors, but for children, summer presents many safety risks. Use these tips to keep kids safe from the top ten summer safety risks.
1. Head Injuries
Activities such as skating, biking and skateboarding require proper protective gear. Children should wear a helmet to prevent head injuries when performing these activities, including using skate shoes. Knee and elbow pads are also effective precautions against injury.
Vigorous outdoor play can quickly lead to dehydration. Check on kids throughout the day and serve them cool beverages and cooling, hydrating snacks such as popsicles and fresh fruit.
3. Hot Cars
Kids playing in cars or left unattended in a hot car can quickly suffer severe medical consequences. Keep your car locked and teach kids not to play in the car or go to the car without permission. Make it a habit to always look in the backseat of your car to double check that a child is not left behind.
4. Poison Ivy, Sumac and Oak Plants
Adventurous children may be oblivious to the presence of poison ivy and other hazardous plants. Take measures to eliminate these plants in and near your yard. Teach kids to recognize these plants and avoid contact with the rash-inducing plants. Check out this article to learn how to recognize the symptoms of poison ivy.
5. Cuts, Abrasions and Infection
The carefree frolicking typical of a summer day often leads to scrape, bump or fall. Keep a basic first aid kit handy to properly clean and cover wounds to prevent infections. Neosporin offers a portable spray antiseptic, Neo to Go, that clips on to a key ring.
6. Outdoor Grills
The grilling season is in full swing during summer. Outdoor grills present a hazard to children because a hot grill and a cold grill usually look the same. Set up the grill away from walkways and teach children to stay away from the grill at all times.
7. Hunger and Malnutrition
Without the stability of a school cafeteria, some children do not receive regular meals during the summer vacation. Relying on convenience foods and mindlessly munching on junk foods can also cause malnutrition and weight gain. Check your community for local programs such as day camps that serve free or affordable meals to children. Plan meals carefully to include the proper nutrients and calories required for a growing child. The American Heart Association offers dietary guidelines for children.
Playing with fire is never a wise choice, but kids are particularly drawn to fireworks. Keep fireworks away from children and explain the risks to them. When allowing older kids to use sparklers, provide supervision and keep a bucket of water nearby. Here are ten safety tips for celebrating with kids and fireworks.
9. Swimming Pools
Unsupervised pools seem to be a beacon to children, especially if they want to retrieve a toy floating in the pool. Teaching children pool safety, offering proper supervision and installing secure fencing around pools will help decrease the risk of accidents. Check the Consumer Product Safety Commission website for additional tips and information.
Children’s skin is more delicate and susceptible to sunburn. Applying sunscreen is an effective precaution, however, it is important to apply sunscreen properly. Try these tips to properly apply sunscreen to your child.
Simple precautions, education and common sense will help your child enjoy summer vacation and outdoor activities without encountering the common pitfalls.
The Beauty of Children
If ever there was anything I was certain about, it’s that I’ve raised some pretty amazing kids. But, along the way I’ve also been tested. So testing in fact, that my kids may have thought I needed the professional advice of a psychiatrist or maybe just some medication to take the edge off my insane mood swings.
The good news is I and they, survived childhood, but not without some hilarious stories I intend on sharing with other brain frazzled parents.
The most recent melt down occurred this morning as I was getting ready to take a flight to see my sister in Arizona. I made my list days ago and packed everything neatly into a well organized suitcase. I prepared my wardrobe meticulously making sure I have an outfit for any occasion that might present itself. You know, dinner with the Queen, or cocktails with the Obama’s.
As I dried off from my shower, I reached into the medicine cabinet to retrieve deodorant, only to find that it had vanished into thin air. Perhaps my daughter ran out and forgot to tell me? Perhaps, she borrowed it with the full intention of giving it back and leaving me a note to pick up more? Now, instead of my usual pretty floral underarm scent, I smell something like a sailor with the pungent scent of Old Spice to ward of the nasties.
Now that I’m dried off and dressed, it’s time to perform the daily “hair” miracle. With hair nearly down to my butt, it takes a lot of product to tame my curly locks, so again I reach for my hair gel and discover that I’ve only got a pea sixed amount left. You see, my hair is not only long, but thicker than the ice sheets in Greenland. A pea sized amount of product on this head would tame about half dozen hairs give or take. So then I am forced to use the product I tried last month that is the consistency of sticky glue that never dries. How does my hair look you’re wondering? Well, aside from frizzing out like a 70’s afro, not bad.
Okay, body clean, dressed and hair tended to, I’m off to apply my make-up. You see, make-up is another very important aspect to my self-esteem which over the last ten years has plummeted to negative 100. Face make-up or foundation is necessary to cover up what Mother Nature calls “aging.” On my cheeks is the road map to route 66 in the form of small broken capillaries. They are equally spread across both cheeks and need several layers of make-up t hide them.
I open my make-up bag with all the necessary tools. It organized alphabetically for easy access. I reach in and pull my miracle face cream. It’s tinted in a lovely shade of ivory and matches my skin perfectly. It’s the best cover-up I’ve ever used. A light, but thick face mousse that looks flawless when applied with a make-up sponge. It works so well that nobody would ever guess that my skin isn’t perfect.
I twirl off the lid effortlessly and look down into the small jar and the shock of its contents sends me into a near nervous break-down. The jar is completely empty. Not just empty, but the glass of the car is so clean you’d be hard pressed to say if it ever actually contained make-up.
After deep breathing and a quick prayer to my maker, I calm down and face the truth. “I am going to look like white trash today!” This revelation you’d …
Expectatins for Our Children: Childrens Goals Versus Parent’s Goals
When our children are born, we have high expectations for them. Parents have dreams, hopes and wishes for their future. As parents, we want what is best for our children, even at times it may not be what they want.
How do we as parents not push our hopes and dreams onto our children without suffocating them? Simple, do not push what you wanted onto them but rather help them achieve the goals they want for themselves.
Our children are our future and as such, we need to respect the goals they set will be met. As children, they grow and develop minds of their own and in doing so they want to decide their own future.
Children want to live their dreams not their parent’s dreams.
The big question is how do we accept what our children want even when we think it may be the wrong direction?
An example: John wants to go to college to learn more about music because he has a passion for it. His dream is to one day have his own band. John’s parents want him to attend college to get his degree in medicine.
Solution: John’s parents sit down and talk with John about his passion for music. Then John can allow his parents to speak as to why he should attend medical school. Once they have heard both sides. John can explain why he would prefer music to medicine.
Once John’s parents have listened, they can now understand and give the love and support their son needs to chase his dreams of being a musician.
Parents need to learn to listen and understand that children need and want their parent’s approval, but they also want your support in what they choose to do with their life. After all, it is ultimately their choice.
Trust in your child; even if he or she fails let them know as parents you will be there to catch them if they fall.
Another way to look at things is through your child’s eyes. Think back to when you were young and starting out on your own. Did you want to follow the path your parents had laid out for you? If you can say no to this question, then why should you expect your child to say yes?
Communication and understanding between parent and child will go along way in helping your son or daughter achieve their own goals in life.
Best Fall Movies for Children
It seems that the box office lineup this fall has one theme: to recycle old movies. This is a good thing though and it is better than you think. I say that because these movies are not just reproduced, they are beefed up.
For example, take the re-release of both Toy Story and Toy Story 2. This time around they are going to be shown as a double feature. And the best part is, it is re-rendered into a 3-D film, using only the best state-of-the-art technology. Imagine seeing one of the classics come to life on the screen, and out of the screen. Toy Story 3-D is a limited engagement that begins on October 2, 2020. Also to be made as a 3-D movie, Toy Story 3 will be released at the big screen on June 18, 2010. Can’t wait that long? Catch a sneak peak of the upcoming movie during the trailers at the Toy Story double feature. It will be the perfect time to introduce, or re-introduce your children to Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and the gang. This heart-felt kid’s movie shows the meaning of friendship and how far a group of misfit toys will go to find and bring home their friend. Toy Story and Toy Story 2 feature the voice talents of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen.
Another remake isn’t that of a movie already made, but it is based on a famous book. Where the Wild Things Are was written in 1963, and is all about creativity and imagination of a child. The adventures are endless when time and travel aren’t an issue. This movie will captivate audiences of young and old alike and will bring the book to life right in front of the viewer’s eyes. This movie will encouragement those who haven’t read the book, to share it with their children. For those who have read the book, this will provide a chance to compare how correct the movie was in comparision to the book. Big names in this movie include James Gandolfini, Forest Whitaker, and Mark Ruffalo. Where the Wild Things Are has a scheduled opening date of October 16, 2020.
This fall promises to feature some new movies worth watching, and to experience some familiar movies in a new three dimensional fashion. These movies should provide you and your family with a pleasant entertainment experience and the notion that all things old can be made new again.
Summer Safety for Children Living in the Desert
As Summer quickly approaches, Summer safety for children is often brought into every day discussions. Common Summer safety topics include covering pools to reduce drowning risks and tips for avoiding heat exhaustion. But there are other dangers present to young children during the Summer months, especially when living desert areas. A few extra precautions need to be taken during the Summer months when living in these hot and dry environments.
Snake and Scorpions
As the weather heats up in the desert, snakes and scorpions come out from hiding and pose a danger to young children enjoying the Summer weather. Snakes and scorpions are common inhabitants of desert environments. They are especially dangerous for young children because they often hide in unsuspecting places and children are often easy targets.
A Summer safety tip for children who live in the desert includes protecting them from theses desert inhabitants. You must educate your children about the dangers snakes and scorpions posses. Make sure your children know to never play with them. If they see a snake or scorpion make go get an adult.
Before allowing your children to play outside, walk the perimeter of your yard and look for snakes and scorpions. If your yard contains children’s toys, move all the toys, look underneath them, in them, and on them to make sure there are no dangers lurking. Also check bushes, porches, and patios for signs of snakes and scorpions.
Flash flooding is also a common occurrence during the Summer months in the desert. Summer safety for children needs to include educating your child about flash flooding, especially in monsoon areas. Flash floods can occur quickly and without notice. It is very easy for children to be swept away in the fast moving flood waters.
When you live in the desert, it’s important to educate your children about flash floods. Make sure your kids know not to play outside during storms, even if it is raining lightly. Flash floods can occur very suddenly. Make sure your child knows if they see the waters of a flash flood to get to higher ground immediately. They need to know to never play in the water no matter how shallow or calm it may appear.
These are common tips for Summer safety for children that often go un-discussed. These dangers are present no matter where you live in the desert. Make sure your children know the consequence of these dangers and how to react appropriately when in the situation.
Tips on Ensuring the Safety of Children as They Cross the Streets
There are some basic concepts about road safety that are introduced to a child at an early age, but basically they are not only meant for children. Most people quite often miss these basic but very important road safety rules.
For their own safety in crossing the streets, children are often asked to ensure that they know the safety rule that in most cases may just appear as mare songs unless enforced. For example, the basic “stop, look, and listen” rule can only be effective if parents and older children are able to teach their children how to apply them in real life.
Children have been taught and will have an idea of the dangers on the roads through their day today lessons. But they actually do not understand just how bad or dangerous these roads can turn out to be unless they actually see the accidents occur. Putting the safety songs into practice ought to be the best way of tackling these issues. They can be supervised by parents or their teachers to start crossing the neighborhood streets before trying on the main roads. If the songs are put into action they will always remember their importance and always try to practice those measures.
It is also very important to teach them the meaning and usage of traffic lights. They need to understand how to respond to the lights as pedestrians and what they need to adhere to as they advance to learn how the whole concept of the lights controls of the traffic. Children should know and take it to be a good important practice to request adults to assist them to cross or better still cross the roads with them. Most people would be good enough to assist.
Ensuring children safety when they cross the streets may be tricky because of the law breaking motorists on the roads. A child may have been taught all the basic rule of traffic including the traffic and road signs, vehicles warning signs such as horns, lights, and sirens but unpredictable accidents may occur due to some irresponsible driver. It may not be easy for a child to foresee such reckless drivers or to predict ugly scenarios and avoid them even when they know how to apply those basic road safety measures. For example, a child might now the right time and place to cross the road but my not be in a position to tell or estimate the approaching speed of an oncoming vehicle. For these reason it is usually advisable for children below the age of eleven to cross the road with adults even when they know how to do it on their own. They should also be discouraged from crossing or playing near the road when it is dark.
It is not advisable for children traveling by bus to immediately cross the road upon alighting. There is need for one to take time to analyze the state of the road before crossing. There are children whom may be riding bicycles or skates by the road. They are prone to accidents than those walking because their concentration is more on the bikes and skates than on the road or the vehicles passing by. They need to ensure they stay along the bike routes to avoid accidents. Protective wears such, as helmets are also vital for them.
Generally, it is common for people to cross the streets even when they are not sure if it is safe to do so. One rule that must be practiced by all pedestrians should be that they must not cross the streets when they …
Outdoor Safety Tips for Children
Are you the parent of children who love to play outside? If you are, there is a good chance that your children, no matter what their ages, will spend a good portion of their summer outdoors.
As you likely already know, regularly playing outdoors is great for children, as it is fun, exciting, and helps to keep them active. With that in mind, however, you need to remember that playing outside can also be dangerous. That is why you will want to make sure that you take steps to ensure the safety of your children when they are playing outside, no matter what their age. Just a few of the many safety steps that you should take are outlined below.
One of the best ways for you to help keep your children safe when playing outdoors is by staying with them at all times. In all honesty, a large number of parents leave their children to play outside unattended. Of course, the decision as to whether or not you want your children supervised outside is yours to make, but there are a number of factors that you will want to take into consideration. For instance, how old are your children, where will they be playing, and how safe is your neighborhood?
Although it is advised that you always supervise your children, when outdoors, as you can never be too safe, there are steps that you can take to still keep them safe if you need to run inside for a few minutes. For instance, you could set up a baby monitor. This works great if you need to run inside and your children are old enough to be left alone for a few moments. Although older children may feel a little bit “silly,” being kept an eye on by a baby monitor, it is important to remind them that it is for their own safety.
Regardless of whether you are outside with your children or not, you will want to establish boundaries with them. This is very important, especially if you live in town or an area that is know for high speeding vehicles. For instance, if your children are allowed to play on your property let them know so. However, if you would like your children to stay only in the backyard, you will want to inform them of that request, as well as the consequences for not doing so.
Another way that you can keep your children safe when they play outside is one that you may not necessarily think of. What you will want to is make sure that your children toys are all picked up, each and every night. If you would prefer to leave your children’s toys out at night, you will want to make sure that you quickly examine them before they start playing with them. This is important if you rent an apartment or have neighbors who can’t seem to stay in their own yard. Personally, we have awoken to find my daughter outdoor toys missing, as well as ruined. In fact, her sandbox was even run over by a car late one night.
The above mentioned outdoor safety tips are just a few of the many that you can use to help keep your children safe, while they play outside. As a reminder, it is best if you use your best judgment. With that in that in mind, however, it is important to remember that you can never be too safe nowadays.
On when to Spank, Violence Against Children, and How to Prepare for Camp
Stop here every day for a new question and answer, practical help for busy parents.
I’m just curious. I’m a nanny who is also trying to conceive, and I find the idea of violence toward children abhorrent. But I would like to know at what age parents who do spank consider it appropriate to start. Would you spank your 9-month-old for trying to pull down the DVD player? Your 15-month-old for running off the porch after you told him to wait? Also, at what age do you stop?
Spanking is an incredibly polarizing topic, but your question is a good one.
The answer depends on how you define “spanking.” If you wish to punish a 2-year-old such that you can deter future bad conduct, you might consider a moderate slap on the back of the hand. For a young toddler, that constitutes a spanking.
Spanking children much younger than, say, 18 months is probably of little benefit. Children that young may have trouble connecting punishments to their own conduct. Other types of punishments, such as timeouts, often work equally poorly with very young children.
Once a child reaches 13 or 14, spanking becomes more difficult, and probably less effective than it was at earlier ages. However, by that time, parents can generally draw on a larger selection of potential punishments to establish discipline in the house. Grounding won’t generally faze a 3-year-old. But it could mean a lot to a teen.
I feel compelled to supplement my answer with a comment about your question. You said you find violence toward children “abhorrent.” To that I say, join the club.
All of us oppose violence against children. In my dictionary, the lead definition for violence is “Exertion of any physical force so as to injure or abuse.” I have yet to hear anyone of sound mind suggest that purposely injuring children is a good idea.
But corporal punishment, when administered correctly, is focused and controlled. The purpose is not to injure or to abuse, but instead to deter bad behavior. Parents punish children in an attempt to make the consequences of their action uncomfortable enough so that they will change their ways. For many children, corporal punishment works better than other types of punishment.
Unfortunately, some parents go overboard with punishments of all types. I recent weeks, I’ve read about parents who have starved their children, locked them in dark rooms for long periods of time, and beat them severely. All of these actions represent abuse. But the core punishments – going to bed without supper, serving a timeout, and receiving a spanking – are not abusive in and of themselves.
Child abuse isn’t a spanking problem, any more than it’s a timeout problem. Put the blame for abuse of any kind where it belongs – on the shoulders of the abuser. Because an adult who shows a lack of compassion or judgment can turn any punishment into abuse.
What kind of bedding do you take to a sleep-away camp? We know we have to bring a sleeping bag for her night out, but sheets or blankets? If so, do we pack her comforter?
The answer depends on the camp’s accommodations. If she will spend most nights sleeping in a bed, sheets and a blanket are probably fine. However, a sleeping bag can do the same job as traditional linens, and it provides more flexibility for camping or gathering to sleep in small groups.
I suggest sending her to camp with a sleeping bag, a pillow, and an extra blanket in case she gets cold. Keep the …
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