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Turtles look cute but are dangerous to pregnant women and young children

Turtles look cute but are dangerous to pregnant women and young children

If you’re pregnant or have children under the age of 5, you should remove any reptile or amphibian you may have in your home. That’s because they ...
Let someone else clean Mr. Whisker’s litter box when you’re pregnant

Let someone else clean Mr. Whisker’s litter box when you’re pregnant

We often receive emails from pregnant women concerned about their cat and his litter box. Dirty cat litter might contain a harmful parasite called Tox ...
When in doubt, wash your hands

When in doubt, wash your hands

Now that winter has arrived, it seems like the temperatures are decreasing and the spread of germs is increasing. In an effort to stay healthy this se ...
Parent navigators – a lifeline for NICU moms and dads

Parent navigators – a lifeline for NICU moms and dads

If you’re the parent of a baby born prematurely, you know the stress and anxiety that is a part of having your baby in the Neonatal Intensive Care uni ...
Prevent infections by preventing foodborne illnesses

Prevent infections by preventing foodborne illnesses

At one time or another in our lives, we've probably all experienced the very unpleasant symptoms of food poisoning. Usually within a day, you bounce b ...
“I just found out I’m pregnant and I haven’t been taking folic acid. What should I do?”

“I just found out I’m pregnant and I haven’t been taking folic acid. What should I do?”

This is a question we often receive through [email protected] The good news is that no matter when you find out you are pregnant, you will still ...
Update! New guidelines on how to prevent peanut allergies in your baby

Update! New guidelines on how to prevent peanut allergies in your baby

Peanut allergies have become a hot topic and for good reason. These allergies can be severe and lifelong. I remember when I was in school, before my ...
Prevent to protect: talk to your health care provider

Prevent to protect: talk to your health care provider

January is Birth Defects Prevention month. In the United States, a baby is born with a birth defect every 4 ½ minutes. Some infections before and duri ...
New year – healthy you

New year – healthy you

Today we welcome guest blogger Sarah Verbiest, DrPH, MSW, MPH, Executive Director, The National Preconception Health and Health Care Initiative. Ja ...
Infant mortality. These two words should never go together.

Infant mortality. These two words should never go together.

Infancy should mark the beginning of life, not the end. Even though the rates of infant deaths are at an all-time low, far too many babies still die b ...