Sleep Tight: New Jammies Tips for Flu Season

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With winter in full swing, it’s important parents of New Jammies kids keep in mind helpful tips in combating the flu, which has already seen increases in cases as an epidemic this year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), flu activity most commonly peaks in the U.S. between December and February.

“Most people with the flu have mild illness and do not need medical care or antiviral drugs. If you get sick with flu symptoms, in most cases, you should stay home and avoid contact with other people except to get medical care,” states the CDC, on its website. “If, however, you have symptoms of flu and are in a high risk group, or are very sick or worried about your illness, contact your health care provider (doctor, physician’s assistant, etc.).”

The CDC says you may have the flu if you have some or all of these symptoms:

• Fever*
• Cough
• Sore throat
• Runny or stuffy nose
• Body aches
• Headache
• Chills
• Fatigue
• Sometimes diarrhea and vomiting

*It’s important to note not everyone with flu will have a fever

Encouraging children to snuggle up in their New Jammies and get plenty of rest is important as they take the road to recovery this flu season. The professionals at KidsHealth.org, an online extension of the Nemours Foundation’s Center for Children’s Health Media, which is dedicated to improving the health of children, suggests these quick tips for treating the flu:

• Offer plenty of fluids (fever, which is common with the flu, can lead to dehydration). If your child is tired of drinking plain water, try ice pops, icy drinks mixed in a blender, and soft fruits (like melons or grapes).
• Give acetaminophen or ibuprofen for aches and pains (but do not give aspirin unless your doctor directs you to do so).
• Dress your child in layers so you can add and remove layers during bouts of chills or fever.
Ask a close relative or faraway friend to call and help lift your child’s spirits.
• Take care of yourself and the other people in your family! If you haven’t done so, ask your doctor whether you (and other family members) should get a flu vaccine. Also, wash your hands well and often, especially after picking up used tissues.
• If your doctor prescribes medicine to ease symptoms, be sure to call the pharmacist before you go to pick it up. The flu can strongly affect many areas of the U.S., so some pharmacies might have trouble keeping the medicines in stock.

To help kids achieve optimal sleep, especially during flu season, create a sooting, sleep-friendly environment. KidsHealth suggests encouraging children to rest in bed or on the couch with a supply of magazines, books, quiet music, and perhaps a favorite movie. Health experts agree that rest helps the body fight infection and is a much-needed natural remedy for the cold and flu season.

Also, taking Mom’s age-old advice of drinking plenty of fluids and feeding a cold with chicken noodle soup and saltine crackers. This healthy homemade chicken noodle soup, courtesy of Rodale Recipe Finder found at organicgardening.com, will have your little ones, and the whole family, on the mend in no time:

Chicken Noodle Soup

Serves: 6
Prep: 25min
Cook: 25min
Total: 50min

Ingredients
2 tablespoons organic canola oil
3/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cut into 1″ strips
1 large onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
5 cups fat-free, reduced-sodium chicken broth
1 cup water
3 cups broccoli florets
2 carrots, julienned
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
8 ounces whole grain rotini

Directions

1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes, or until browned. Remove to a bowl with a slotted spoon. Keep warm.

2. Add the onion and cook for 5 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Pour in the broth and water. Add the broccoli, carrots, and ginger and bring to a boil. Stir in the pasta and cook for 11 minutes, or until tender. Add the chicken back to the soup during the last 2 to 3 minutes of cooking.

Nutritional Facts per serving

Calories 275.5 cal
Fat 7.9 g
Saturated fat 0.9 g
Cholesterol 32.9 mg
Sodium 447.9 mg
Carbohydrates 30.6 g
Total sugars 4.1 g
Dietary fiber 7.4 g
Protein 21.5 g

Play Right: Eco-friendly kids toys for the holidays

169457_471059246265576_1802608079_oFrom perching elves on shelves to building train tracks around the tree, the holidays are a perfect time to share in the fun of kids’ toys. At New Jammies, we love toy manufacturers, specialty shops and online retailers whose goals are to improve our communities and the lives of our children.

Play time is an important part of a child’s development and we love that we can help make it a little better. As the holidays draw near, we’ve found these eco-friendly products that help us meet our mission of developing a healthy lifestyle for our most precious resource – children.

happy_hybridWe start off with one of our New Jammies founder’s son’s favorite toys. He loves this little car, which she purchased at an arts festival in New Jammies Colorado hometown, the Carbondale Mountain Fair. From North Star Toys, the Happy Hybrid all-natural toy car  is made with alder and birch and non-toxic paint is five inches long. The toy features a compact, easy-rolling design with five rainbow passengers (also comes in natural).

North Star Toys, based in New Mexico, has hand-crafted quality, non-toxic wooden toys out of walnut, oak, alder and other fine woods at affordable prices since 1979. With a commitment to environmental sustainability, the company’s durable designs feature non-toxic oils paints and oils to allow the wood’s natural beauty to shine and recycled materials when possible.

We also love North Star Toys’ Baby’s First Animals and Creative Play Sets, perfect for dollhouses, sandboxes, bathtub, car or anywhere. Learn more and shop online at www.northstartoys.com.

From wooden toys including oversized domino sets and horse rockers to train sets and stencil kits, the Magic Cabin, found online at www.magiccabin.com, encourages open-ended, creative, imaginative play with simple, natural toys an135952_471059472932220_556832310_od crafts.  Popular holiday toys include a 100% pure Holiday Beeswax Candle Rolling Kit for fun gift-making with the kids and the Margaret Wise Brown Treasury by the beloved “Goodnight Moon” author.

Educational and eco-friendly kids’ toys can also be found at growingtreetoys.com, where the store’s goal is to teach children the importance of environmental consciousness while providing the same fun and play as other toys. The company discovers products constructed in ways gentler to the environment and from manufacturers committed to helping the earth. The Green Toys Tea Set is a cute 17-piece pretend play toy with made from eco-friendly materials in the U.S. for two years and up.

Kids three and up can learn about gardening and the environment with DuneCraft’s Desert Biodome Terrarium on growingtreetoys.com. The kit recycles water and thrives with minimal care, showing curious kids how to grow 25 varieties of unusual cacti and succulents in a biodome terrarium with natural gravel, sand, and stones.

Arts and crafts, early learning toys, fantasy and dress-up clothes, youth musical instruments, and old-fahioned toys are a few of the popular natural organic toys available at ourgreenhouse.com. A few of our favorites are the Natural Finger Painting 5-Piece Set, great for bath time, and Eco-friendly Stocking Stuffers including aromatherapy bubble bath, wool finger puppets, and felted coin purses.

My Little Green Shop is a hip e-boutique geared for eco-conscious families offering online shopping for eco-conscious toys, puzzles, and games we love. Maple Landmark Environment Memory Tiles  are made in the USA and feature images for recycling, renewable power sources, the seasons and even a hybrid car to exercise kids’ memory skills in a green way. There are also wooden matching,  alphabet, and peg puzzles perfect for fun and education with the kids.

Bunnies Picnica family-owned e-boutique specializing in iteme for babies, girls, and tweens, has a variety of cute toys and doll clothing, donating a percentage of their profits to buy new clothing for foster children in the United States. Bunnies Picnic toys that kids will love to unwrap this holiday season include Hazel Village organic ragdolls such as Annicke the Mouse BallerinaOwen the Fox in Green Waistcoat and Ragtalew Primrose the Pig Mini Ragdoll.

We know Santa would approve.

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