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YOUR CHILD'S HEALTH AND SAFETY
Take a look in your medicine cabinet. You were very careful a year ago to stock it with recommended items like cotton balls, syrup of ipecac and acetaminophen. Have you looked at it lately? Take a moment to review its contents. Remove and replace any items that are past their expiration date. Stock up on missing items. Finally, be certain all medicines are in their original bottles, the bottles have child-resistant tops and the cabinet itself is locked away from your toddler.
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Learn how to avoid food poisoning. Food poisoning is a dangerous illness that can often be avoided if you take these simple precautions. Are you careful to follow food handling, cooking and storage guidelines when you cook for your family? Reduce your risk:
• Learn how to handle meats properly. Thaw frozen meat by running it under cold water or defrosting it in the microwave. Always wash your hands, utensils and cookware thoroughly when handling raw meat. Cook to proper temperatures and place uneaten portions in sealed containers and refrigerate immediately.
• Use paper towels instead of sponges or rags, which may grow harmful bacteria.
• Clean out your refrigerator regularly.
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FUN TOGETHER-TIME ACTIVITIES
Spend some time snuggling. Sometimes all it will take to rejuvenate your soul is to spend some quiet cuddle time with your now constantly on-the-go little one. When you notice him slowing down for a moment or two, find a quiet corner where you can cuddle up with a good board book. Let him turn the pages and point out familiar shapes or images (the gray kitten, etc.). He'll enjoy showing off his newfound knowledge, and you'll enjoy a moment to reminisce about those first few weeks when you thought he'd never leave your arms.