Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Important reminders for the summer

Drowning Doesn't Look Like Drowning One time Hannah walked into the pool without her floaties while I was holding Maggie. I was smearing in some rogue sunscreen into Maggie's cheeks and didn't even notice Hannah go under water. I just saw her out of the corner of my eye and assumed she had her floaties on. I was within arms length of my child who was struggling to breath and totally oblivious. Cork saw her and jumped in the pool (fully clothed, with phone in pocket) and grabbed her. It was in that moment that I realized how quickly and quietly something can go terribly wrong.
If they return a blank stare, you may have less than 30 seconds to get to them. And parents—children playing in the water make noise. When they get quiet, you get to them and find out why.
Fatal Distraction Children who are left in hot cars and die horrific deaths from hyperthermia aren't generally the result of stupid or neglectful parenting. I know people like to think that to make themselves feel like, "this could never happen to me." But the scary truth is, it can happen to anybody.
"Death by hyperthermia" is the official designation. When it happens to young children, the facts are often the same: An otherwise loving and attentive parent one day gets busy, or distracted, or upset, or confused by a change in his or her daily routine, and just... forgets a child is in the car. It happens that way somewhere in the United States 15 to 25 times a year, parceled out through the spring, summer and early fall. The season is almost upon us.
Daily sunscreen slows skin aging, even in middle age: Study If a fear of melanoma doesn't inspire you, maybe an appeal to vanity will?
All were tracked for more than four years. Researchers calculated the daily sunscreen group showed 24 percent less skin aging than those in the discretionary group by study's end. Most of those in the daily sunscreen group ended up using it at least three to four times per week. Sunscreen's anti-aging properties were observed in all participants who used it daily, regardless of age, meaning adults up to 55 were also protected.

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