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221643_1338305424Panhandle Family

221643_1338305424Panhandle Family

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May 30, 2012 • Buyers Guide
young familiesshould avoid
to teach kidsabout money
with kids in tow
How to help kidsunderstand medication
about childhood fever
Help your child
transition from acrib to a bed
the advantages ofworking from home
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on bronchiolitis
Parents have likely heard aboutbronchitis. But another respiratoryinfection, bronchiolitis, gets far lessattention.Bronchiolitis is an infection of the smalltubes inside of the lungs (bronchioles)that is caused by a virus and generallyaffects young children during theautumn and winter months.During normal breathing under healthyconditions, air enters the lungs throughthe trachea. It then travels down thebranching bronchi and into the smallbronchiole tubes inside of the lungs.Then the air passes from the bronchiolesinto the millions of air sacs in the lungs,and eventually into the bloodstream.When a child suffers from bronchiolitis,most often the bronchioles fill withmucus and experience inflammationthanks to a virus called the respiratorysyncytial virus (RSV). The mucus andswollen tubes can make it difficult foroxygen to reach the lungs and get towhere it is needed. The child maywheeze or breathe harder or faster inorder to compensate.In adults, RSVinfection isn’t generallyserious. But in children it can bedangerous, particularly if the virus doesnot clear up quickly and leads to anacute case of bronchiolitis. The Centersfor Disease Control and Prevention saythat most otherwise healthy peoplerecover from RSVin 1 to 2 weeks.Infants and young children may be proneto cases that don’t go away and becomebronchiolitis.The best way to prevent bronchiolitis isto reduce the spread of cold virusesthrough the home with frequent hand-washing and cleaning of shared itemsaround the house. Children that fall intothe following categories may be morelikely to get bronchiolitis,according to the National Institutes of Health. These risk factors include:• Age 6 months or younger• Born prematurely• Exposed to cigarette smoke, even inthe womb• Bottle-fed• Born with Down’s Syndrome• Close contact with other infectedchildren• Have a long-term lung diseaseSymptoms of bronchiolitis include acough that may be dry or producephlegm. Wheezing may also occurbecause of inflammation of the airways.Rapid breathing, difficulty breathing,fatigue, fever, and nasal flaring in infantsmay be other signs.Antibiotics do not treat viral infections,so it’s unlikely the child will be given anantibiotic prescription for bronchiolitis.Usually supportive therapy, such asbreathing in moist air, rest, drinkingfluids, and avoiding any exposure tocigarette smoke, are recommended.Rarely antiviral medications may beused to treat very ill children. Somedoctors may prescribe the use of abronchodilator or steroid treatment toease inflammation in the airways. Thesemay be breathed in by use of anebulizers or another inhaler deliverydevice.Parents of children with breathingdifficulties should consult with thepediatrician if symptoms of anyrespiratory illness take a while to clearup. The illness may have gone beyond just the common cold.
Infants are moresusceptible to casesof bronchiolitiscaused by therespiratory syncytialvirus (RSV).
May 30, 2012 • Buyers Guide
Growing up in a time of economic struggle,today’s kids might be inadvertently learninglessons about money. If Mom and Dad havebeen forced to cut back or even lost theirjobs, chances are kids have noticed andlearned something as a result.Even if parents have managed to weather theeconomic storm of the last several yearswithout making too many sacrifices, they canstill start teaching kids about money, even if kids have just entered kindergarten. It’snever too early to teach kids lessons aboutmoney. The following tips are a few waysparents can do just that.
Give kids an allowance.
Many parentsgive their kids an allowance so they can havesome spending money when out withfriends. But giving an allowance is also agreat way to teach kids about managing theirmoney. Start with an amount that is small butlarge enough for kids to make purchases. Inso doing, kids will learn that things theywant cost money and that properly managingtheir money will enable them to purchase thethings they want. If kids spend all theirmoney by Monday and don’t get theirallowance until Friday, resist the temptationto give them more money if the kids ask forit. This, too, will help kids learn the value of managing money.
Open a savings account in yourchild’s name.
Another way to teach kidsabout money is to open savings accounts intheir names. Once the account is opened,take your child to the bank once a week todeposit a predetermined amount of money.This shows the child the importance of steadily saving money. It might be difficult atthe outset to get kids into this habit, but oncethey make savings deposits part of theirroutines and their balances start to grow, theywill likely grow more enthusiastic abouttheir weekly trips to the bank.
Encourage kids to document theirfinances.
Encouraging kids to documenttheir finances, including deposits,withdrawals and expenditures, is an effectiveway to teach them basic financial analysis. If the bank supplies savings books, make surekids use them. But go one step further andgive kids a financial journal where they candocument all of their purchases in addition totheir deposits and withdrawals. Suchdocumentation enables kids to analyze howthey spend their money. Periodically go overthese expenditures with children, and if they’re frustrated about their saving andspending habits, work with the children todevelop more effective strategies. Kids mayappreciate these small lessons in analysisdown the road when it’s time to purchasetheir first vehicles or finance a largerexpense, such as their educations or eventheir first homes.
Help kids make largerpurchases.
Helping kids make larger purchases, be it anew bicycle or a video game console, isanother way to teach them about money.Such purchases teach kids about longtermfinancial goals, and how it’s necessary tostay diligent with savings in order to meetthose goals. Paying for half is a good way toreward kids for meeting these longtermgoals.It’s never too early to start teaching kidsabout money, and parents can do just that ina number of ways.

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