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What are the long-term effects of meningitis on a child’s brain?

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Meningitis is the name for an infection of the protective membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord, known as the meninges. Meningitis causes these membranes to become inflamed, which can result in serious damage to the central nervous system.

The disease is very serious with a high mortality rate, especially if the infection is not identified and treated promptly. There are various different types of meningitis, including viral, bacterial and fungal, and correctly recognizing the types of infection so the right treatment can be provided is essential. Read more

Cord Blood Banking 101

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Shortly after announcing you were pregnant, you may have had a friend or family member ask if you were going to bank your baby’s umbilical cord blood after giving birth. Whether you had already heard of this procedure or were unaware that such an option exists, you are definitely intrigued by the idea and want to learn as much about it as you can prior to delivery.

With this in mind, if you are expecting and interested in cord blood banking for your baby, take the following into consideration: Read more

Four Proactive Steps to Protect Your Child’s Identity

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You already worry about so much when it comes to your kid, should you really be worrying about someone stealing their identity, too? The answer is, unfortunately, yes. In the fall of 2017, Equifax revealed that from mid-May through July, 145 million consumers’ social security numbers and other personal data had been accessed in a major security breach. This massive hack put the issue of identity theft at the forefront of many parents’ minds, leaving them to wonder how this breach could affect the security of their identity and the identity of their children. While Equifax has said that none of the known victims were minors, children are certainly at risk for identity theft. According to the Center for Identity at The University of Texas, kids are actually up to 35 times more likely to have their identity stolen. Many thieves will target children because their theft can often go undetected for years, until, for example, the child applies for a driver’s license or a student loan. Instead of waiting until something happens, here are proactive measures you can take to protect your child’s identity. Read more

How to Prepare a Child for a New Sibling

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One particularly hilarious scene in the recent DreamWorks animated comedy, Baby Boss would have resonated with many of the parents who had taken their children along to see the film. The father and heavily pregnant mother of the main character ask him how he would feel about having a baby brother. “No thanks,” the child cheerfully replies, “we’re fine as we are.” Read more

Separation Support: 3 Strategies to Help Ease Your Child’s Transition Into Your New Home

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Your life has been turned upside down since your separation, but you’ve hardly had time to notice because you’ve been preoccupied trying to make your kids feel at ease amidst all of the radical changes. They are splitting time between you and your ex, and you are doing your best to keep things as normal as possible. To help ease the transition during this trying time, here are a few simple ways you can make your new place feel like home for your children. Read more

Kitchen Safety Tips for Aging Parents

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If your parents or grandparents are reaching advanced age, it may be time to implement safety precautions around the kitchen. Doing so can help prevent injury, provide for a safe working environment, and accommodate their unique needs. In some circumstances, implementing the kitchen safety tips discussed below may even save a loved one’s life. Get started today. Read more

Unique Ideas for a Fabulous Bachelorette Party

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So, your best friend is getting married. On the road to the happiest day of her life, she asks you the biggest questions a friend ever can: ‘Will you be my maid of honor?’ Being granted this title firmly places you in the position of friends for life and can be a humbling moment you will cherish for all of your life. However, don’t be fooled; this role is a serious one as your dear friend has given you, and only you, the responsibility of her bachelorette Party. On this, her last night of freedom, it is paramount you can give her the best time ever, a night just as memorable as her wedding even. Read more

Working Mom Travel Tips

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Any working mom knows it’s hard enough being away from your kids while at your “other” job. But a working mom who travels is an entirely different category. Not only are you still 100% there and dedicated to your kids, you have to figure out ways to be there for them and with them in spirit from afar. The following working mom travel tips can help you get over the physical barriers that fall between you and your children while on a plane, in a different city or even another country, and let you connect just as if you were there by their side. Read more

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