• 2nd Trimester Prenatal Visits

    2nd Trimester Prenatal Visits

    While no one would say it’s all downhill from here (there’s labor after all, as well as the aches and pains of late pregnancy), for many women the second trimester feels like the “easy” part of pregnancy. Fear of miscarriage subsides, nausea abates, and energy surges — all in all, there’s less to be worried

  • Artificial Sweeteners and Pregnancy

    Artificial Sweeteners and Pregnancy

    Now that you’re pregnant, a healthy diet is doubly important. Whether you’re sitting down for a meal or grabbing a snack from a vending machine, you have to think about how your choices will affect your baby. If you develop gestational diabetes, you’ll have still more choices to make. Your doctor may advise you, for

  • Car Seats and Children

    Car Seats and Children

    Why does my child need a car safety seat? Motor vehicle accidents are the No. 1 killer of children in the United States. You can reduce the risk by 70 percent simply by properly installing a child’s safety seat and using it every time your child rides in a car. Today, car seat use is

  • Children’s Medicine Safety

    Children’s Medicine Safety

    Anyone can make mistakes taking medication, but kids are especially vulnerable. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, half of all kids don’t take their medicines properly. Of course, no one should expect a 6-year-old to read and follow the instructions on a box of cough syrup or pain reliever. It’s up to parents and

  • Cuts and Scrapes (Children)

    Cuts and Scrapes (Children)

    What’s the best way to treat a cut or scrape? If the cut or scrape is deep and bleeding, apply pressure with a clean cloth, paper towel, or bandage to stop the bleeding. If the bleeding doesn’t stop in 10 minutes, call your child’s physician immediately or go to the nearest emergency room. If the

  • Cuts and Stitches

    Cuts and Stitches

    As just about anyone who has chopped vegetables knows, minor cuts are a part of everyday life. Knowing how to care for them quickly can help prevent infection and lessen the chances of scarring. Before treating any cuts, remember to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water to avoid contamination. Never cough, blow, or

  • Diabetes, Men, and Sex

    Diabetes, Men, and Sex

    Diabetes doesn’t have to be a deathblow to your sex life. You can protect your sexual functioning by keeping your diabetes under control.

  • Diabetes: Are Salt Substitutes Safe?

    Diabetes: Are Salt Substitutes Safe?

    Filling your shaker with a low-salt or salt-free alternative can definitely help you cut back on sodium, especially if you’re the type who tends to use the shaker at every meal.

  • Diabetes: Safety Alerts and Emergencies

    Diabetes: Safety Alerts and Emergencies

    Recognizing the warning signs can help you avoid an emergency, but only if you’re prepared.

  • Diabetes: What to Eat When You’re Sick

    Diabetes: What to Eat When You’re Sick

    When a diabetic comes down with the flu or a bad cold, diabetes care often takes a backseat. Who can be bothered to check blood sugar when just getting out of bed seems like a chore? And who wants to follow a meal plan when it’s hard to keep food down? As difficult as it