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Coping with Kids: Stylist medical bracelets; Stay safe from heat; Soda and aggression

| Monday, Aug. 19, 2013, 7:57 p.m.
Beware Bandits
Beware Bandits are medical-alert bracelets in a colorful style
This product image released by target shows superhero-inspired beach towel capes. Along with the sunscreen, book, toys and snacks we haul to our waterside of choice this summer, we need a beach towel or two. These superhero-inspired beach towel capes are a fun way for children to dry off and play at the same time this summer. (AP Photo/Target)

Beware Bandits bring style to medical bracelets

Beware Bandits are medical-alert bracelets in a colorful style kids might like to wear better than the typical clunky ones.

The Beware Bandits will alert medical professionals about conditions like diabetes, asthma and more if the child is having a reaction or episode. These bracelets are made with latex-free bands and nickel-free straps. They come with mascots such as Billy the Bee for insect stings, Yeehaw Yolk for eggs, and Powder Puff for asthma.

Beware Bandits cost $5.99 and are available at Target and Publix stores. Details:

Habits linked to obesity may differ for boys and girls

Some behaviors, such as TV watching and eating school lunches, were linked to obesity among sixth-grade boys and girls in a new study, but other risk factors were gender specific.

Involvement in sports, for example, was tied to a lower risk of obesity in boys but not girls and drinking milk was linked to lowered risk among girls but not boys, according to researchers from the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor.

Home-visit programs may help preemies

Home visits by nurses or other trained health professionals can improve the development of preterm infants, parenting and the home environment, according to a new review of recent research.

“Overall, the trend did seem to support that it is effective,” Dr. Neera Goyal, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Children's Hospital Cincinnati Medical Center and the study's lead author, told Reuters Health.

Keep kids safe in heat

Kids are trying to get the most out of what's left of their summer by staying outside longer, so parents should do a quick safety check with these “beat the heat” tips.

Break out the sunscreen: Be sun smart and make sure to apply sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more to your kids, reapplying every two hours. You'll want to do this around 15 to 30 minutes before sun exposure to allow it to absorb into the skin. If they go swimming, make sure to reapply. Don't think you're covered by the shade on a cloudy day, either.

Cover up: Sun hats, baseball caps, bathing suit cover-ups, sunglasses, anything short of a beekeeper's outfit is fair game in keeping kids burn-free. Try some lightweight and light-colored clothes that can provide protection without making them feel hotter.

Embrace the early morning: Try getting out earlier in the day when the temperatures are cooler and the sun isn't at its peak; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. are the hottest times, so that's when you'll want your kids to either come inside or take frequent cool-off breaks.

Make sure your kids hydrate: Kids are more likely to get caught up in playtime and forget to take a water break. Dehydration occurs when the body is unable to cool off its core temperature, so keep some cool water handy. If they're old enough, teach them to watch out for signs of dehydration: dizziness, muscle fatigue, loss of coordination, muscle cramps, heat stroke and headaches.

Soda drinking tied to kids' behavior problems: study

Children who drink soda tend to score slightly higher on scales that measure aggressive behavior than kids who don't drink the carbonated beverages, according to a new study reported by Reuters Health.

The study's lead author cautioned, however, that the increase may not be noticeable for individual children and the researchers can't prove soda caused the bad behaviors.

— Staff and wire reports

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