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  • Four hidden spots for holiday germs

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    Four hidden spots for holiday germs

    Presents aren't the only thing in hiding during the holiday season. With more travel, parties, family and shopping, germs hide out and often show up uninvited to spread contagious illnesses that can put a damper on holiday fun.


  • 8 Safety tips for kids and holiday decorations

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    8 Safety tips for kids and holiday decorations

    The glitter, glow and frenzied fun of the holidays makes it the most festive time of the year. But the sparkle of the season can come with hidden dangers for your children. "With how busy the holidays get, it can be easy to overlook precautions you should take with decorations to keep your kids safe," says Sandeepa Rajadhyaksha, M.D., Associate Medical Director at Children’s Health Pediatric Group. "Taking a moment to assess your surroundings can help you identify any potential hazards and prevent them from harming your children."


  • Food-Allergy-Friendly Recipe: Herbed Prime Rib Roast

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    Food-Allergy-Friendly Recipe: Herbed Prime Rib Roast

    Recent research shows that 1 in every 13 children in the United States has a food allergy, that’s approximately 2 children in every classroom. The following recipe is free of peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat, soy, fish and shellfish. This week, we’re sharing recipes for an entire food-allergy-friendly holiday meal. You’ll want to try them all!


  • Food-Allergy-Friendly Recipe: Holiday Berry Sauce

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    Food-Allergy-Friendly Recipe: Holiday Berry Sauce

    Even if your kids don’t have food allergies, it’s likely that this holiday season you’ll be cooking for one of your kids’ cousins or friends who is allergic to one of the top eight food-allergy triggers (milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, shellfish, soy and wheat).


  • Elf on the Shelf: Christmas friend or foe?

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    Elf on the Shelf: Christmas friend or foe?

    The Elf on the Shelf, a toy based on a children's book published in 2005, is a fun and novel idea that many families have eagerly incorporated into their Christmas traditions. When a child names the Elf, it magically comes to life each night between Thanksgiving and Christmas to report back to Santa about the child's behavior. It then returns to the home to a different spot than the night before, but the child must not touch it, or it might lose its magic.


  • Seven simple tips for safe trick-or-treating

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    Seven simple tips for safe trick-or-treating

    The spookiest day of the year is quickly sneaking up on us. So you're probably already on your way to being knee deep in pumpkins, costumes, candy and creating great Halloween memories for your child.


  • 7 tips for buying safe toys this holiday season

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    7 tips for buying safe toys this holiday season

    Toys can be hazardous, resulting in hundreds of thousands of injuries each year for children age 14 or younger. As holiday time approaches, make informed decisions about toy purchases by keeping our tips in mind.


  • Food allergies don’t have to dampen the spirit of the holidays

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    Food allergies don’t have to dampen the spirit of the holidays

    With the holidays around the corner, most parents are looking forward to their child’s Thanksgiving feast, school Christmas parties and family meals. But for me and many others whose children have food allergies, it can be a scary and stressful time of year. Most holiday foods contain at least one of the top eight allergens – milk, eggs, wheat, soy, fish, shellfish, tree nuts and peanuts. For example, Elliekate, my 3-year-old daughter, has a severe food allergy to eggs, tree nuts, peanuts and sesame. She cannot have the traditional recipes for most all holiday foods including sweet potato casserole, stuffing or pie.


  • Food-Allergy-Friendly Recipe: Chocolate Cake

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    Food-Allergy-Friendly Recipe: Chocolate Cake

    We’re sharing recipes for an entire food-allergy-friendly holiday meal. You’ll want to try them all! The following Chocolate Cake is allergy-friendly recipe and is free of peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat, soy, fish and shellfish. It's also gluten and dairy free.


  • Valentine's Day FYI: Is chocolate really good for your heart?

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    Valentine's Day FYI: Is chocolate really good for your heart?

    Chocolate is a by-product of the cocoa bean or cacao bean. In the 15th and 16th centuries, people in Mexico made a foamy drink with the cacao bean, and spiced it with chili, allspice, honey or vanilla. The beverage was expensive to make and enjoyed mostly by the elite. It wasn’t until the 18th century that the first form of solid chocolate was developed in Italy. Today more than 50 percent of the cocoa harvested annually comes from West Africa. In the United States market alone, chocolate sales average over $19 billion a year. Consumers demand for the organic version of chocolate is also on the rise.


  • Food-Allergy-Friendly Recipe: Sweet Potato Apple Casserole

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    Food-Allergy-Friendly Recipe: Sweet Potato Apple Casserole

    We’re sharing directions for Sweet Potato Apple Casserole. In the United States 90% of all food allergic reactions are caused by just eight foods: peanuts, tree nuts, milk, eggs, wheat, soy, fish and shellfish. This week we’re sharing directions for an entire food-allergy-friendly holiday meal. You’ll want to try them all!



  • Teal Pumpkin Project: Alternative Halloween treats for kids with allergies, diabetes or other needs

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    Teal Pumpkin Project: Alternative Halloween treats for kids with allergies, diabetes or other needs

    Having a child with a food allergy or diabetes impacts nearly every aspect of life – including how he or she can participate in holidays and related celebrations. Festive autumnal celebrations nearly always include candy and treats, and it can be heartbreaking to tell a child with a food allergy that he or she can’t participate in the merriment of trick-or-treating on Halloween night.


  • The new normal: How to holiday after separation

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    The new normal: How to holiday after separation

    For recently separated or divorced families, the holidays can bring an acute sense of hurtful emotions and anxiety. The tug-of-war over who will get the kids, combined with the frustrations of fluctuating schedules and loss of routine, can lead to an unhealthy environment for children and a potentially profound emotional impact on them later in life.


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