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Most parents would love to have their pediatrician on parents. He suggests using this fun activity to get your
speed dial. Most pediatricians would not. little ones on board:
But now, on MassMoms.com, you can have the exper- What you will need:
tise of local medical professionals … right at your * Two or more people
ﬁngertips. Our new, special section * Two or more colors of washable paint
features doctors and other medi- * Soap and water for clean up
cal professionals from the UMass He says to explain to the children that
Memorial’s Children’s Medical each color of paint is a kind of germ.
Center – oﬀering you advice, news Red may be a cold, blue may be the
Parents, we want you! and views on issues aﬀecting your
ﬂu and yellow may be a sick stom-
ach. Each person will paint his or her
Welcome to MassMoms.com. A community for UMass Memorial Children’s Medical hand with a diﬀerent color. Once the
parents in Central Massachusetts, hosting blogs, Center’s medical and surgical special- hand is completely covered, have
forums and articles tailored to, and written by, ists oﬀer a full-range of care to infants, them shake each other’s hands and
moms and dads like you. Visit us often as we reg- children and adolescents in a close-to- watch as diﬀerent colors of paint,
ularly add new features that help make your life home environment that is sensitive and or “germs,” are spread from per-
easier – like the ﬂu shot ﬁnder and medical expert responsive to the needs of families. The son to person. Soon, they will
bloggers. expertise of the featured UMass bloggers see many colors on their hands
Remember, MassMoms.com is not just a website, spans all pediatric specialties including and understand how easy it is to pass
it’s a community. A place for parents to talk about critical care, infectious diseases, adolescent germs. To complete the activity, have them prac-
everything “kids.” Need potty training advice or a medicine, cardiology, orthopedics, endocri- tice washing skills by cleaning up. Show them that wash-
babysitter for Friday night? Have a great 10-min- nology and developmental and behavioral needs. ing between ﬁngers and around ﬁngernails will probably
ute meal idea you want to share? Looking for a
Go to MassMoms.com now to see for yourself some of take extra time as those are places germs like to hide.
kid-friendly beach in your area? Want updates on
the great information provided by UMass bloggers, such For more on this and advice on other topics you deal
local and national news pertaining to your family?
as: Encouraging your child to get ﬁt and easing children’s with everyday, visit the UMass Memorial Blogs section
Do all this and more on MassMoms.com.
fears about hospitals. One helpful post, by Richard Mo- of MassMoms.com.
On MassMoms.com there is something for ev-
riarty, MD, Pediatric Infectious Diseases, UMass Memo- For more information about the UMass Memorial
eryone – answers to questions you didn’t even
know you had. Visit us. Start a conversation of rial Children’s Medical Center, gives parents advice on bloggers or MassMoms.com, email Jennifer Lucarelli,
your own! how to get kids to wash their hands. Dr. Moriarty says, editor and moderator of MassMoms.com, at jlucarelli@
especially because of H1N1, this should be a priority for telegram.com.
H1N1 Flu & You
What people in your area are saying about
vaccination, prevention and more …
There is an endless amount of information out What can I do to protect
there about H1N1. You can’t turn on the TV, ﬂip myself from getting sick?
through a magazine or tune in to the radio with- The CDC recommends the following
out ﬁnding a story about the virus. This we know. everyday steps to protect your health:
But, where can you ﬁnd H1N1 news, views, real
stories and advice from people on your block, in • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when
your town … doctors at your hospital? There’s you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the
only one place. MassMoms.com. trash after you use it.
Check out the new H1N1 news feed on our • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If
homepage. Or click on the Flu Shot Finder to soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-
ﬁnd the nearest vaccine location near you. based hand rub.
To vaccinate or not to vaccinate? Is that your • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
question? Visit MassMom’s discussion forums, Germs spread this way.
Home for the under Children’s Health, to see what other lo-
cal parents think of the vaccination controversy.
• Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
• If you are sick with ﬂu-like illness, CDC recom-
mends that you stay home for at least 24 hours
Holidays From the CDC (Center for Disease Control & Prevention) …
Warning signs of ﬂu, including the new H1N1 after your fever is gone except to get medical care
or for other necessities. (Your fever should be
When school’s out, what will your kids do? In children: gone without the use of a fever-reducing medi-
• Fast breathing or trouble breathing cine.) Keep away from others as much as possible
Cheers from students will soon ring across Central Massachu- to keep from making others sick.
• Bluish skin color
setts, as school lets out for the December holidays. At the same • Not drinking enough ﬂuids
time, you may hear a collective groan escaping from parents tasked • Not waking up or not interacting
with keeping their children busy during school break. • Being so irritable that the child does not want
to be held
MassMoms.com wants to hear from you about what events, fun
activities and favorite gathering spots your family will be enjoying • Flu-like symptoms improve but then return The Name Game
with fever and worse cough Below are the three most popular
when school is out of session this holiday season. Got a neat craft baby names in the United States,
• Fever with a rash
idea for little ones? A creative game to help while away the hours In adults: according to the Social Security Ad-
ministration. Check out the “Name
indoors? Know the best spot for sledding in your town? Tell us by • Diﬃculty breathing or shortness of breath My Baby” forum at MassMoms.
emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. • Pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen com for the complete list and tell us
Next month, we’ll share • Sudden dizziness how you chose your baby’s name!
your ideas and sugges- • Confusion Boys Girls
• Severe or persistent vomiting
tions online. You can ﬁnd 1. Jacob 1. Emma
new ways to entertain your 2. Michael 2. Isabella
kids, while helping other MassMoms is now on Twitter. 3. Ethan 3. Emily
parents just like you. Follow us!
Something to be thankful for…
Thanksgiving special section on MassMoms.com!
Check out our special Thanksgiving section on MassMoms.com
for information on:
Is there a young Picasso • Tips for Hosting Painless Holiday Parties
under your roof? • Time-management Tips for Holiday Shoppers
• A Thanksgiving Dish for Vegetarian Guests
Show oﬀ your child’s artwork on MassMoms.com.
• Easy Ways to Keep a Home Safe While Away for the Holidays
It’s easy to upload your masterpiece – just click
If you plan on rising with the sun the morning after Turkey Day, be sure to check out
on the “Fridge Door” link and follow the
“Get the Better of Black Friday” to read these (and many more) shopping survival tips:
instructions. One submission will be
Don’t stress out. Black Friday isn’t easy for anyone (just ask the nation’s retail em-
featured here each month –
ployees). Chances are, even the most veteran Black Friday shopper is going to feel
giving you something
stressed out at one point or another. If the stress becomes too much, simply go home.
for your fridge door.
This year ﬁgures to have lots of good deals throughout the holiday season, as retailers
Monster by Rose plan on families spending less thanks to the economy. That means the deals on Black
Friday, while they might be the best of the season, probably won’t be signiﬁcantly
Featured blogger better than something you might ﬁnd a few weeks later.
• Buy a newspaper on Thanksgiving. The Thanksgiving Day paper is packed with
Spotlight on: Noelle Corbin coupons oﬀering Black Friday discounts. Peruse the paper for such coupons while
watching football on Thanksgiving and you’re likely to be glad you did.
Noelle lives in Holden with her husband Greg and two children. With Find more interesting Thanksgiving tidbits on MassMoms.com
a Master’s degree in Computer Science, she works full time as a web
programmer – luckily she says, often from home. Noelle takes advan-
tage of her ﬂexible schedule to “drag” her kids around to all kinds of crazy, fun places.
She often details these excursions on MassMoms.com. A recent post narrates a comic Did You Know?
parking lot incident that starts with Noelle and her 6-year-old daughter earnestly try- One theory as to why Americans eat turkey every Thanksgiving dates back to the days
ing to unlock their car with what seems to be a faulty key. The story ends with the duo of the famed Spanish Armada. That theory states that during the 16th century, Queen
Elizabeth was enjoying roast goose during a harvest festival when she was informed
being chased away by the true owner of the vehicle … with Noelle’s SUV parked a few
the Spanish Armada, on its way to attack England, had sunk. That led the queen to
rows away. Check out other posts by Noelle, including one about a recent trip to the
order a second goose for a celebration. This harvest tradition continued when the Pil-
Hanover Theatre in Worcester.
grims arrived in America. However, upon arriving in America, wild turkeys were far
Like what you see? Join the conversation! Tell the world about the highs, the lows – and more abundant than geese, so the Pilgrims replaced goose with turkey as the main
the messes – of parenting. Blogging on MassMoms.com is a great way to chronicle your dish during their harvest celebration, a celebration that eventually became known as
life as a parent for an audience eager to learn and share. Send a note to info@tele- Thanksgiving.
gram.com telling us why you’d make a great MassMoms.com blogger. Include the phrase
“MassMoms blogger” in the subject line.
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