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					NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2009                                                                                                  
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                                                      Want on-demand access to local health professionals? You got it!
                                                        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, 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
                                                      child’s health.
                                                                                                                                         flu and yellow may be a sick stom-
                                                                                                                                          ach. Each person will paint his or her
   Welcome to 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, 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 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
                                                      fears about hospitals. One helpful post, by Richard Mo-      of
   On 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, email Jennifer Lucarelli,
your own!                                             how to get kids to wash their hands. Dr. Moriarty says,      editor and moderator of, at jlucarelli@
                                                      especially because of H1N1, this should be a priority for
                                                                       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.                              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
                                                                       flu, include:
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 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                                      • 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!
                                                                                             Check out our special Thanksgiving section on
                                                                                             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
                                                                                             • 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
                   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 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 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. telling us why you’d make a great blogger. Include the phrase
 “MassMoms blogger” in the subject line.
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