Salt water Rinse
Salt water helps remove phlegm from the throat. It also draws out the moisture from your child’s mucus membranes. This is why people have been using salt water to gargle with for hundreds of years. The salt to water ratio is about 1/2 teaspoon of regular table salt to one cup of warm water. Have your child gargle this mixture three or four times a day.
Peppermint Mouth Rinse
To make strong peppermint tea, pour 1 cup of boiling water over 2 peppermint tea bags. Let the the tea steep (or sit) for 3 or 4 minutes. Remove the tea bags and let the tea cool down to a comfortable temperature for your child. When cool enough, have your child gargle the tea 2 or 3 times a day.The menthol in peppermint tea will help to open your child’s nasal passages. Sipping on peppermint tea is also comforting when your child is not feeling well.
Honey Mouth Rinse
Honey is such a comforting sore throat remedy. Because it is thick, it coats your child’s sore throat to relieve some of the discomfort. Honey also has antibacterial properties! It’s such an easy home remedy, just stir a couple teaspoons of honey into a coffee cup of warm water. Have your child gargle this mixture two or three times a day for soothing relief.
Did your parents ever tell you not to cross your eyes because they will get stuck that way? Well that’s just not true. Now if your child has an eye that crosses or wanders, that’s a different story. That would indicate a need to see your doctor.
How about your parents telling you not to sit too close to the tv because it’ll hurt your eyes or make you go blind? I think we’ve all heard that one, too. Well, according to the American Academy of Ophthalmology that one is also a myth. Although it may make your eyes tired if you are straining to focus, it does no permanent damage to your eyes by sitting closely to the television. If you need to sit close to see, you may be nearsighted and should see your doctor.
We’ve all heard that eating carrots improves your vision. However, the American Academy of Ophthalmology says, “Although it’s true that carrots are rich in vitamin A, which is essential for sight, so are many other foods (asparagus, apricots, nectarines, and milk, for example). A well-balanced diet can provide the vitamin A needed for good vision.”
It’s also not bad for your eyes to read in the dark. Again, your eyes may get tired from straining, but no permanent damage is done.
Same goes for looking at a computer screen. Even for long periods of time, this does not damage your eyes. Your eyes will probably get dry and irritated because we only blink about half as many times per minute when we are looking at a computer monitor but you will not cause any real damage. If you take a break every 20 minutes to look away from the screen and blink 10 or 20 times, you can refresh your eyes moisture.
Only one in four young teenagers from ages 12 to 15 are physically active for at least 60 minutes daily.
The amount of time spent on physical exercise declines as kids get older. 70% of children in the age group from 6 to 11 are getting enough exercise according to a study from the National Center for Health Statistics which is a part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And this is important because childhood exercise habits tend to carry over to adulthood exercise habits. If we can get our kids to keep their activity levels up when they are going through puberty, they have a better chance of being physically fit adults.
Young teenagers are going through so many physical and psychological changes during this period in their life that physical exercise is usually the last thing on their minds. More than likely they are thinking about the opposite sex, going to parties, joining clubs and spending time on the internet. Social media has eaten away at the time our kids have available for physical activity.
So we all need to encourage more sports, more outdoors time, camping or hiking trips and any other fun activities our families can enjoy together!