Feb 6, 2016

Dad Warns Parents About Dangerous Hair Tourniquet in Babies Socks

This scary yet extremely important dad's warning is something parents and anyone who takes care of babies and small children need to be aware about.

The dad shared the family's story on Facebook about the day when his baby daughter Molly was becoming increasingly agitated while out to lunch with her parents. As their baby continued to cry miserably, she became overheated. Her mom took off her baby's socks to help cool her down, and that is when they saw the scary reason why their baby was inconsolable. There was a thin strand of hair wrapped around the baby's toe. It was wrapped so tightly that it was cutting through the skin.

Hair tourniquet syndrome is when a strand of hair or a thread gets wrapped extremely tightly around a toe or a finger. Unfortunately, the hair can cut off circulation if it gets tightened too much. Often an unnoticed loose thread or errant hair in babies socks can create this dangerous condition, as in this family's case.

Thankfully everything turned out okay for Molly and her parents. Molly's mom is a nurse who removed the hair with tweezers and a magnifying glass within minutes. In the photo Molly's dad posted, you can easily see the mark from the hair around her toe. In fact, it looks like the hair is still around her toe, even though the picture was taken 45 minutes after the hair was removed.

"Unfortunately, the hair managed to cut all the way through Molly's skin," Walker explained. "It was completely around her toe, but it could have been worse had it gone much longer untreated, or if the hair wasn't accessible."
This new dad decided to share the family's scary story on Facebook in hopes of enlightening friends and family who were also new parents. His post has since been shared more than 16,000 times and liked more than 27,000 times.

According to Parenting and youth development expert, Dr. Debi Gilboa, who spoke with Today, a hair tourniquet happens because a lot of parents have long hair and babies tend to grab it or a piece of it can end up in places like their diaper or sock without you evening noticing.

"If you feel like your child is behaving in a way that's unusual, pay attention to it. You're usually right," Gilboa said. "A hair tourniquet is a great thing to check for and it's not hard to spot. There's not really any way to prevent it, but they're not that hard to remove. Use something like a bobby pin, so it's thin and not sharp, slide it between the hair and the skin and it pops right off. If you feel uncomfortable call your doctor."

An excellent reminder from one caring parent to other new parents to check for hair tourniquets when a baby is crying, miserable and inconsolable.

Jan 31, 2016

Best Herbs to Grow on Your Windowsill This Winter

Winter is a great time to plan an indoor herb garden so you can continue enjoying those fresh aromatic flavors in your meals all season long. The most important thing you need for indoor herb plants to grow in winter is plenty of sunlight. Try to find a spot that will get sun for at least 4 hours every day if possible. When it comes to growing herbs indoors, there are definitely some that are more winter-friendly than others.

Winter-Friendly Herbs To Consider For Your Indoor Garden


Chives are one of the most resilient herbs to grow inside all year long. Plus, they add a wonderful mild onion flavor to winter meals. They need about 4 or more hours of sun, and can do just fine in average room temperatures. Use an all-purpose soil mix for chives, and water when the soil feels dry to touch. The tips of the plant leaves will turn yellow if the soil gets too dry.

Use your fresh grown chives in cream-based soups, omelettes, salads, and as a garnish over cut up broiled potatoes.


Rosemary is a wonderful herb to have on hand, but it is a bit more challenging to grow indoors than some other herbs. It needs at least 6-8 hours of sun daily - if you have a sunny south or west-facing window, that is a perfect spot for this plant. Another option is to place a lamp with a fluorescent light bulb as close as possible to the plant to supplement the sunlight. Try to leave the lamp on 12-14 hours a day.

Good drainage is important for this plant to thrive. Try using a cactus-potting soil mix, or combine equal parts of all-purpose soil and sharp sand. 

Rosemary actually prefers a little dryness, but be careful to not let the soil dry out completely. Allow the top 2 inches of soil to get dry, then water the plant thoroughly, but do not let the soil become soggy.


This flavorful herb is delicious in winter stews and chicken dishes. It also needs a sunny spot that gets about 6 hours of sun every day. It also needs sandy soil that drains well. It prefers room temperatures of 60-75 degrees.

If you don’t have enough natural light indoors, you can grow thyme under fluorescent lights like Rosemary plants. Just keep the light on 14 hours a day, about 6 inches above the plant. Make sure your thyme plant is located away from cold windows or heater vents, which could kill the foliage.

When the top inch of soil feels dry to the touch, water thoroughly. Make sure the plant container has excellent drainage. Never let your thyme plant sit in water that has collected in the saucer.


Parsley is a great plant to add to your indoor herb garden. It is one of the easiest herbs to grow from seeds as well. This light fragrant herb thrives well with plenty of sun average room temperatures. Parsley grows well inside on a kitchen sill where it can get moisture from steam when you are cooking.

Use a good all-purpose soil mix when potting Parsley. Water when the soil feels dry to the touch, probably about twice a week, making sure to not let the soil get soggy. You can also add about a handful of sand to the soil to help with drainage.

Parsley adds a nice flavorful touch to almost any food, especially rice, chicken, fish and roasts.

Some extra tips for indoor herb gardening:

Terra Cotta pots will provide the best drainage for herb plants.

Make sure all containers have drainage holes in them.

Herbs need circulation to thrive. Try putting the pots on a tray with pebbles so air can circulate up through the drainage holes.

Jan 28, 2016

What You Need To Know About the Zika Virus

The  Zika Virus epidemic is making headlines everyday it seems. Should we be worried about this disease? Can we catch it from someone else that is infected? Here are the latest Zika facts from the CDC that you should know.

1. The Zika Virus is generally spread by mosquitoes, not by people.

According to the CDC, the Zika virus is spread to people mainly through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. When a non-infected mosquito bites a person who is already infected with the virus, that mosquito will also become infected. So when that mosquito goes on to bite another person, it will spread the disease again.

2. Symptoms of the Zika Virus are usually mild and last from several days to a week.

Common symptoms of Zika include fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis (red eyes), muscle pain and headache.

3. Unborn babies are most at risk from Zika virus complications.

The virus has been linked to severe brain damage in newborns after nearly 4,000 babies were born in Brazil in the past year with unusually small heads, an incurable condition known as microcephaly. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is also urging pregnant women and those who are trying to become pregnant to avoid traveling to any regions affected by the virus.

To date, there are no reports of infants getting Zika virus through breastfeeding. Because of the benefits of breastfeeding, mothers are encouraged to breastfeed even in areas where Zika virus is found.

4. There is no vaccine for the Zika Virus.

To treat the virus, the CDC recommends that you should:

Get plenty of rest
Drink fluids to prevent dehydration
Take medicines, such as acetaminophen or paracetamol, to relieve fever and pain, but do not
take aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like ibuprofen and naproxen

5. The CDC reports that the Zika Virus may possibly be spread through sexual contact ( via semen ) and through blood transfusion.

There has been one report of possible spread of the virus through blood transfusion and one report of possible spread of the  Zika virus through sexual contact.

Learn more about the Zika Virus and Pregnancy at the Centers For Disease and Prevention (CDC).

Jan 27, 2016

Dimples, Amazing Hair and a Sweet Smile: Meet Isla, the New 2016 Gerber Baby!

There is a new "Gerber Baby' in town, and she has some serious dimples, amazing hair, and one captivating smile. Meet Isla, the 7-month old cutie that just won Gerber Baby 2015 Photo Search.

Little Isla's photo was picked from more than 170,000 entries sent in to the search. And she has her dad to thank for submitting her winning picture. He explains that he sent the picture of Isla in to the contest after coming across it while scrolling through pictures on his phone back in September.

 “I had been taking photos of the kids that day and snapped Isla in a perfect pose while she was horsing around on the living room couch,” he said. On a whim, he submitted the photo to Gerber.

Isla’s family won a $50,000 cash prize and $1,500 in Gerber’s Childrenswear, and as the “Spokesbaby,” Isla may even star in some upcoming Gerber ads.

Congratulations to Isla, her parents and big sister, Nora!

Jan 25, 2016

A Sweet and Salty Valentine's Day Treat Made With Chex Mix

Photo From Betty Crocker.com

Thanks to Chex Mix and Betty Crocker,  you can whip up this delicious Sweet and Salty party mix for Valentine's Day in a flash. The combination of the cereal mixed with goodies like peanuts, pretzels. popcorn and of course, M&M's, is perfect for munching and sharing with your favorite Valentine!

Sweet and Salty Valentine's Chex Mix

For this treat, you will need 1 cup of the Vanilla Chex Cereal.

Other good stuff:

1 cup mini pretzels
 2 cups lightly salted popped popcorn
1/2 cup salted peanuts
1/2 cup dark cocoa candy melts ( tip: you can find Wilton's dark cocoa candy melts at Party City)
1/2 cup white candy melts (Party City has these too!)
1/2 cup of M&M's special Valentine's Day milk chocolate candies
1 tablespoon pink and red sprinkles

 To Make the Party Mix:

Spread cereal, mini pretzels, popcorn and peanuts on cookie sheet.
In separate bowls, microwave Candy Melts on Medium (50%) in 1-minute intervals, stirring after each, just until melted.
Use a spoon to drizzle melts over cereal mixture.
Top with candies and sprinkles.
Let stand about 10 minutes or until drizzle is set.
Break the mix into snack-size pieces.
You can store the party mix in airtight container up to 3 days.