Fall is here, which means beautiful colors, cozy sweaters, and of course, apple and pumpkin picking! Minnesota has some of the best locations for apple orchards and pumpkin patches with fun for the whole family including hay rides, petting zoos, corn mazes, and delicious, locally grown fruits and vegetables.
We are fast approaching Halloween, and for children, that means access to excess amounts of candy. As tempting as it might seem, your kids shouldn’t dive right into that bag of sweets without a little caution. The calories in candy add up faster than you might think. Even “fun sized” candy seems like less of a blast when you consider its health effects. We know how hard it can be to put a damper of your child’s Halloween fun, but their health should come first. How do you limit sugar intake on a holiday that seems to revolve around it? Before you sift through your child’s bag and throw out every trace of junk food, consider these tips:
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Nobody likes getting the flu, but low-risk adults can usually power through it and recover in a few weeks. When a child gets the flu, there are some additional risks to consider. Flu-related hospitalizations among children are more common than you might think. Although the 2015-2016 flu season was mild, there were still 85 pediatric influenza-associated deaths. The flu seasons before that were even worse, and it’s impossible to know what flu season 2016 has in store. If you have children younger than two years old, they are especially at risk of influenza complications such as pneumonia and dehydration. The good news is that parents can do their part to prevent the spread of the flu and help make this winter another mild season.
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