Children’s Eyes Need Sun Protection, Too

(NewsUSA) – No matter what season it is, skin isn’t the only thing that gets burned by sunlight. Eyes are just as sensitive, and children’s eyes are especially vulnerable."The crystalline lens in children’s and teenagers’ eyes is more transparent than in adults, which makes them more susceptible to cornea and retina damage from the sun," says Corinne McCormack, spokesperson for The Vision Council and Fashion Director at FGX International, Inc. "Having your kids wear sunglasses while outdoors is actually as important as getting them to wear hats and sunscreen."The Vision Council just launched a Bureau of Missing Sunglasses initiative informing adults and children that "sunglasses are absolutely critical for keeping vision safe from UV damage," as stated in their 2012 report.So, what can you do to protect your young tike’s eyes?"If you’re concerned your little guy or gal won’t wear sunglasses, look for designs you know they love — like bright patterns, fun shapes or sunglasses with their favorite cartoon or movie character," adds McCormack. The following safety guidelines can also help:Seek shade for mid-day sun. UV rays are most powerful from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., so avoid being in direct sunlight without access to shade, umbrellas or protective clothing.Wear protective apparel. A wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses are musts. Look for sunglasses with the ‘MaxBlock’ sticker, which indicates 100 percent UVA and UVB lens protection. The Foster Grant sunglass line ( offers styles especially for kids as well as bands to keep them secure on small heads, and every pair has a MaxBlock seal.Set a good example. Your children will learn many habits from you, so reapply sunscreen often, and always remember to wear your sunglasses. Remind kids to pack their sunglasses and hats for vacation, and reward them for reapplying sunscreen. Don’t forget, sunglasses protect your eyes all year round.Failure to comply with eye safety may lead to long-term complications, including cataracts, retinal problems, macular degeneration, cancer and abnormal growths on the eye’s surface. Experts at the World Health Organization say ultraviolet (UV) damage is largely preventable. Encouraging good sun-exposure habits from childhood is a must.

KISS Star Gets Suprise Visit to ChildFund Sponsored Children

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – The iconic rock star Gene Simmons has a huge heart -; more than 140 times wide. The KISS band member -; who stars in his own reality TV show “Gene Simmons Family Jewels,” that airs Monday nights on A&E -; recently highlighted his relationship with ChildFund International by inviting viewers to tune in to his journey to Zambia to meet 12 of his more than140 sponsored children.
The episode aired in late June on A&E. Gene thought he was traveling to Africa to go on safari with his wife, Shannon; however, she had other ideas in mind. She had arranged for Gene to meet 12 of his sponsored children.
Gene and Shannon brought school supplies, soccer balls, backpacks and clothing to share with the children. One of Gene’s sponsored children received a bicycle so he didn’t have to walk the long distance to school. Shannon even gave one young woman the shoes off her feet.
While there, they met a young woman he sponsors named Esther. There are days when she and her family have no food. And while she loves school, it’s not easy for her to get to it. She has to walk long distances, but she doesn’t complain. She has a dream — she has wanted to be a nurse since losing both of her parents to illness.
Gene told her that he would make a deal with her: If she makes good grades, he would pay her nursing school tuition.
Shannon said, “You don’t owe us anything. You don’t have to pay us back. You owe us to be a good nurse.”
Gene added, “We met an amazing 16-year-old girl with lots of charisma, who can change the cycle, but the odds are stacked against her.”
Like millions of other sponsors, Gene was introduced to ChildFund through the organization’s commercials. The commercial’s message hasn’t changed much -; a small monthly donation can change the lives of children living in developing countries. And to this very day, the average sponsor is not a celebrity, just a regular person who cares.
“It’s our responsibility to take care of each other,” said Gene. “You don’t need to be a star. You don’t need to be rich.”

Healthy Teeth Set the Foundation for Healthy Lives

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – You tell your kids to brush their teeth — but are they really getting them clean? Tooth decay affects more American children than any other chronic infectious disease. If left untreated, tooth decay can lead to painful infections that can impact a child’s ability to eat, speak and concentrate.

Cavities are completely preventable — if your children take care of their teeth. The following tips will help keep parents and their children smiling:

* Encourage your children to skip sticky, sugary treats. Dentists advise against lollipops for a reason — sugar feeds the harmful bacteria that grow in the mouth, allowing them to create plaque and, eventually, cavities or gum disease. All sugars can encourage these bacteria to grow, but sugary foods or drinks that stick to the teeth are more harmful that those that leave no residue. Snacking constantly, rather than eating only at meals, also increases the time in which sugar can feed harmful bacteria. Encourage children to brush their teeth or drink water after eating to rinse their mouths.

* Use a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled brush. Children should brush their teeth after breakfast and before bedtime. Tell children to brush all of their teeth, including the sides and back. Children should brush their teeth for at least three minutes — use a timer or play a short song to encourage the right amount of brushing.

* Use oral care probiotics. Having spent more than 30 years researching oral health, Dr. Jeffrey Hillman, DMD, Ph.D., has identified three unique probiotic strains that are natural residents in healthy mouths. The result is a special blend of probiotics that forms colonies of beneficial bacteria on the teeth and gums, where they crowd out harmful bacteria. One of his products, EvoraKids (, is an all-natural probiotic chewable made specifically for children and comes in a tasty “Wild Very Cherry Berry” flavor. Using the chewables twice a day, after brushing, will put children on the road to a long life of healthy smiles.

* Visit the dentist. Children need to see the dentist twice a year for an oral cleaning and checkup. Aside from checking teeth for cavities and gum disease, the dentist will also teach kids how to brush and floss correctly.

Fun in the Sun: Bright Ideas for Child Safety

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – When the sun shines bright, heading for fun outside may be high on your list of priorities. But too much fun in the sun can be risky — especially for children.

Being exposed to ultraviolet rays for too long can cause serious health problems, including increased risk of skin cancer. Children’s skin in particular should be protected from the sun at all times. According to the National Children’s Cancer Society, childhood is the critical period during which UV radiation can do the most damage. It takes only a few minutes for a child’s skin to burn, and the damage is permanent and cumulative.

Children receiving chemotherapy or radiation treatments for cancer often experience increased sensitivity to the sun. Adequate skin protection can reduce the risks of developing health problems later in life by up to 78 percent, according to medical researchers.

The National Children’s Cancer Society offers these tips to parents looking to limit their children’s sun exposure:

– Apply sunscreen properly. Choose a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher. Apply sunscreen in a thick layer — use a full palmful to cover your hands, legs, face and neck — 15 minutes before sun exposure. Re-apply sunscreen every two hours or after swimming.

– Limit sun exposure when sun rays are at their strongest. If possible, keep children indoors between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.

– Have your child wear a hat. Hats can shield the face from the sun’s harmful rays. Choose a hat with a two- to three-inch brim. Shade hats, which look like baseball caps but with fabric draping down the sides and back, prove ideal.

– Prevent eye damage with UV-protective sunglasses. Check the label to make sure that the glasses block 99 to 100 percent radiation.

– When appropriate, dress your child in lightweight, long-sleeve shirts and pants. A few clothing manufacturers even make sun-protective clothing.

– Set a good example. Practice safety in the sun so your child will, too.

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