For Healthy Babies, Yum-Factor Matters

(NewsUSA) – Taste matters when it comes to baby food.Erin Jarvis was getting desperate. Her 7-month-old daughter Autumn simply wasn’t eating any store-bought food. Like so many moms and dads, Jarvis was worried her baby wasn’t getting the nutrition needed for proper growth. Then she tried Baby Gourmet, a new arrival to the U.S. market and available at Walmart."As soon as we tried Baby Gourmet, Autumn made a sound like ‘Mmm’ and ate the whole pouch in one sitting," Jarvis says with a smile. "We’ve tried a lot of different brands, but this is the only one she now finishes every time."Baby Gourmet was created by a mom who, like so many others, was worried about her child’s well-being. "When Findlay wouldn’t eat, I was frantic that she wasn’t getting the nutrition she needed to be healthy," says Jennifer Broe.That duel concern over nutrition and taste is why she started making her own baby food and founded Baby Gourmet to help other mothers feed their children healthy, organic food.With flavors like Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp, Vanilla Banana Berry Risotto and Sweet Potato Pie with organic cinnamon, Baby Gourmet offers taste, variety and nutrition.Each package of Baby Gourmet passes strict nutritional and food safety guidelines and passes all USDA and organic requirements. But Baby Gourmet goes a step further — every recipe starts out in Broe’s own kitchen and ends with a personal taste test at the manufacturer.Now, relieved moms everywhere are starting to express their personal joy. "My daughter is just over 1 year old and has refused absolutely all food for seven months. She tried the sweet potato pie today and ate the entire thing in two sittings. I was so happy," Abby Ferris recently shared on Facebook.Another mother, Kristen Ellison, also posted "I have a 12 1/2-month-old who has refused all solids until we tried the pear and garden greens. It literally brought tears because we have tried everything!"Mothers interested in putting Baby Gourmet to the test can find nine choices at Walmart. Find stores near you, and learn more at www.babygourmet.com.

Campaign "Rewrites" Special Days for People Living With Chronic Migraines

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Allison Bickhardt started experiencing severe headaches when she was 18. At first, it was just a couple of times a month, but soon the headaches were happening more than half of the month, with some lasting as long as 12 hours. “I had never felt pain like that before,” Allison explained. “It was like I had a vise around my head.”
Allison reached her breaking point when she had to cancel her daughter’s fourth birthday party because of a debilitating headache. The disappointment in her daughter’s face when she told her the party she had been looking forward to for weeks was cancelled was devastating for Allison. After years and countless visits to her primary care physician and general neurologist, Allison decided to seek help from a headache specialist who diagnosed her with Chronic Migraine.
Chronic Migraine is a neurological condition that impacts an estimated 3.2 million Americans.1,2 Chronic Migraine is different from the occasional headache and people with the condition have a diagnosis of migraine and experience headaches on 15 or more days per month with headache lasting four hours a day or longer.3,4,5
“Rewrite Your Day” Campaign
In an effort to raise awareness of Chronic Migraine, Allergan, Inc., National Headache Foundation and HealthyWomen, has launched the “Rewrite Your Day” campaign to give patients like Allison the chance re-create a special moment in their lives lost to Chronic Migraine. Fifteen people with Chronic Migraine will be selected to win a day re-created by celebrity event planner Mindy Weiss — symbolizing the 15 or more headache days a month experienced by people with Chronic Migraine.
“At www.RewriteYourDay.com, people can take a Chronic Migraine quiz to determine if their symptoms signal they may have Chronic Migraine, find a headache specialist near them who is qualified to evaluate, diagnose and properly manage the condition, and share their story of a special moment missed for a chance to have their day re-created by me,” said Ms. Weiss.
About the Rewrite Your Day Contest
No purchase necessary to enter or win. A purchase does not increase your chance of winning. Visit www.RewriteYourDay.com for Official Rules on how to enter and restrictions. The deadline to enter is December 31, 2011.

iPhone App Helps Parents Stay One Step Ahead of Lice

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Taste matters when it comes to baby food.
Erin Jarvis was getting desperate. Her 7-month-old daughter Autumn simply wasn’t eating any store-bought food. Like so many moms and dads, Jarvis was worried her baby wasn’t getting the nutrition needed for proper growth. Then she tried Baby Gourmet, a new arrival to the U.S. market and available at Walmart.
“As soon as we tried Baby Gourmet, Autumn made a sound like ‘Mmm’ and ate the whole pouch in one sitting,” Jarvis says with a smile. “We’ve tried a lot of different brands, but this is the only one she now finishes every time.”
Baby Gourmet was created by a mom who, like so many others, was worried about her child’s well-being. “When Findlay wouldn’t eat, I was frantic that she wasn’t getting the nutrition she needed to be healthy,” says Jennifer Broe.
That duel concern over nutrition and taste is why she started making her own baby food and founded Baby Gourmet to help other mothers feed their children healthy, organic food.
With flavors like Old-Fashioned Apple Crisp, Vanilla Banana Berry Risotto and Sweet Potato Pie with organic cinnamon, Baby Gourmet offers taste, variety and nutrition.
Each package of Baby Gourmet passes strict nutritional and food safety guidelines and passes all USDA and organic requirements. But Baby Gourmet goes a step further — every recipe starts out in Broe’s own kitchen and ends with a personal taste test at the manufacturer.
Now, relieved moms everywhere are starting to express their personal joy. “My daughter is just over 1 year old and has refused absolutely all food for seven months. She tried the sweet potato pie today and ate the entire thing in two sittings. I was so happy,” Abby Ferris recently shared on Facebook.
Another mother, Kristen Ellison, also posted “I have a 12 1/2-month-old who has refused all solids until we tried the pear and garden greens. It literally brought tears because we have tried everything!”
Mothers interested in putting Baby Gourmet to the test can find nine choices at Walmart. Find stores near you, and learn more at www.babygourmet.com.

How to Monitor Your Child’s Virtual Life

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – Joe started to notice that his daughter, then 16, was behaving differently. “She had no desire to go to school in the morning, did not do her homework as she used to, and stopped going to the gym because she was always tired. When the family got together, or even when her friends asked her to go out and do something with them, she would rather stay home, alone.”

Desperate, Joe and his wife decided to install SpectorSoft’s Spector Pro, a monitoring software program, on their home’s computers. The software captures any keystrokes, chats and instant messages, e-mails, Web site visits, Internet searches and programs run by a child, so that parents can see every action performed, step-by-step.

Joe was shocked to learn what his daughter was doing online. “Our girl had met a married 42-year-old man during a chatting session, and they were sending provocative pictures to each other,” he says. His daughter was also visiting juvenile pornography and suicide Web sites, as well as planning to run away with the man she had met.

Joe and his wife put his daughter in counseling and contacted the FBI and local authorities about the online predator.

Pedophiles continue to use the Internet to target victims. It’s important for parents to monitor Internet activity and discuss the dangers with their children. According to the Crimes Against Children Research Center, there are certain online behaviors that put children and teenagers at greater risk. These include:

– Posting personal information – Interacting online with strangers

– Making nasty comments

– Sending personal information to people unknown in real life

– Downloading images from file-sharing programs

– Visiting pornography sites

– Engaging in cyber-bullying

– Talking about sex online

If parents cannot supervise their children’s online activity, or if they suspect a problem, they should consider installing a software program that tracks online behavior. “I truly believe that we saved our daughter,” said Joe.

For more information, visit www.spectorsoft.com.

Online Message Board Helps Answer Questions, Reduce Isolation

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<p>(<a href=NewsUSA) – “The Message Board did not exist when my daughter was ill,” says Sherri Barger. “Oh, how I wish it had. I was so scared, and I wanted to know that there was a chance for her to survive — and for me to survive.”

Many parents whose children have been diagnosed with cancer have had feelings similar to Barger’s. These parents usually experience fear and sometimes a sense of isolation. It may seem like everyone else has healthy children, and no one among their friends and family understands what they’re going through, according to Christine Leeper, manager of The National Children’s Cancer Society Care to Share Message Board and a case manager for the N.C.C.S.

“Once they get through that initial shock, parents have lots of questions, want advice, support, prayers or just to talk to someone who is going through the same thing,” says Leeper.

The N.C.C.S. launched its Care to Share online Message Board (www.thenationalchildrenscancersociety.org/forums) to help parents of cancer patients find each other. Divided into different sections for caregivers and survivors, the forums provide a free, open place to discuss active treatment and life after treatment, and to find emotional support and resources.

“The Message Board is available to families 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so they can reach out to someone and get a response when they need it,” says Leeper.

Barger and her daughter, Heather, who at one point, doctors gave a zero to five percent chance of survival against her battle with leukemia as a child, are regular contributors to the Message Board.

“When Heather was battling for her life, I was desperate to talk to someone who had survived the disease so I could cling to that hope,” says Barger.

Now, Barger and her daughter give hope to other parents and patients through the Care to Share Message Board.

“I have learned that for parents who have children with cancer, it is very helpful to be able to chat with another adult and ask questions, gather information, and vent their frustrations. It is also helpful for children to be able to talk to another child who has experienced some of the same things that they have,” says Heather. “This has made me want to be able to share my experiences with others and hopefully be able to make a difference in another person’s life.”