A Dangerous Game Kids Play

Several years ago, when I first heard about “the choking game” that both young children and teens were playing, it was terrifying. It didn’t involve drugs, alcohol or any other hard-to-get illegal substances—all a kid needed was a pair of hands. Yet this “game” could lead to serious consequences, such as seizure and death.

That’s why I was disheartened to see a recent headline announcing that more kids have been playing it in recent years than I even imagined.

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The Six Steps of Handwashing

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The Scrub Club is an animated website to teach children the importance of hand washing.  These are their six steps to proper hand washing.  Each step is represented by a hero. 

Step 1: Wash with warm water. “Hot Shot” and “Chill” turn into hot and cold faucets and then combine to make the warm water essential for proper hand washing.

Step 2: Apply soap — bar or pump are both fine. “Squeaks” can transform into various forms of soap, from bars of all sizes to pumps of all kinds.

Step 3: Wash for a full 20 seconds, rubbing hands together to lather soap. “Taki” becomes a clock that counts down the required 20 seconds for thorough hand washing.

Step 4: Clean around your fingernails, using a nail brush if you have one. “Scruff” reminds kids that hands aren’t clean until the nails are clean.

Step 5: Rinse away soap with warm water. “Tank” turns into a sink and serves as a reminder to rinse away germs.

Step 6: Dry with paper towels or warm air dryer. “P.T.” transforms herself into paper towels.

 The site also has games, songs, and a cast of villians that make the site a fun place to visit.



Chilling Out With Colds

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You wake up in a cranky mood. Your head hurts. You don’t have the energy to even get out of bed.  And you can’t breathe out of your nose.  What’s wrong?  You have a cold!

Having a cold is the number-one reason kids visit the doctor and stay home from school.  Kids get up to eight colds per year with each cold lasting an average of 5 to 7 days.  Let’s find out more about them.

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