Rescue Workers Share The 2 Car Seat Tips That Will Save A Child’s Life

There are a lot of things that parents will just never agree on (and I know, because I see the arguments on my Facebook feed every day).

What is the right way to discipline your children?

What sleeping arrangement should you use?

And don’t even get us started about breast feeding versus formula.

But one of the most contentious debates of all is about what is the right kind of car seat to use – or whether to buy one at all.

Whatever side of the issue you stand on, a pair of emergency workers have shared important safety tips for parents that apply to every car seat.

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The most surprising piece of advice comes courtesy of mother and paramedic Kaitlyn Lawson, and has nothing to do with the car seat itself.

In a post that has since gone viral, Lawson appealed to other parents to print a label for their child’s car seat.

“It takes two minutes of your time to write out your child’s name, date of birth, emergency contacts, any medical conditions, any medicine your child is on, and even your child’s doctor, then stick it to the child’s car seat,” she explained.

“This helps EMS a ton and can also help save your child’s life.”

Lawson explains that after an accident, parents aren’t always able to provide this important information to rescue workers.

By attaching it to your child’s car seat, you can guarantee they’ll get the treatment they need, and quickly.

But another mother and rescue worker has her own car seat tip for parents.

Police Warn You Should Never Pick Up A Bottle You Find In Your Yard

As the weather starts to warm up, it’s a good time to remind ourselves about one of the country’s most popular – and dangerous – pranks.

They’ve been called Works bombs, mailbox bombs, bottle bombs, and Drano bombs, but whatever you call them, they spell danger if you get too close.

Building these nasty science projects has been a popular teenage pastime for decades, but now that there are tutorials on YouTube, they’ve become even more common.

The basic idea is that a plastic bottle is stuffed with aluminium foil and the cleaning product Drano, or similar household products.

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The combination releases gas and heat, which eventually explodes out of the bottle.

For many children, the creation is just harmless fun. But pranksters have taken to hiding the bombs on their neighbor’s property, or even throwing them at unsuspecting people.

The Eagle Tribune reported on these bombs being stuffed in mailboxes in Methuen, Massachusetts, and a 12-year-old girl from New York City was burned when she found a bottle bomb in a playground.

Even small bombs in plastic bottles can shower victims in corrosive chemicals and shrapnel if they get too close.

Police are warning the public about how to spot one of these deadly “pranks” before they get too close.

Mom Warns Other Parents About A Strange Flu Symptom

Influenza cases have risen sharply across the Unites States this cold & flu season, and it continues to remain widespread in 49 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

This year’s aggressive strain, H3N2 (also known as the “Hong Kong flu”), is the worst in nearly a decade, and has already claimed multiple lives, including adults and children who had no underlying health conditions.

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The virus is on track to match the 2014-15 flu season, which saw 34 million Americans infected. Approximately 710,000 of them were hospitalized, and about 56,000 died.

“We’ll expect something around those numbers,” Dr. Daniel B. Jernigan, director of the C.D.C.’s influenza division, said in a telephone news conference.

Although everyone is at risk of contracting influenza, it’s higher for those with weaker immune systems, specifically, children and the elderly.

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As you already know, people with the flu often experience runny or stuffy nose, coughs, fever, chills, headaches, fatigue, and body aches. Children tend to also have diarrhea and/or vomiting.

However, there is reportedly another surprising symptom that tends to go unnoticed.

When Brodi Willard’s son, Seb, was diagnosed with Influenza after exhibiting this unusual symptom, she was caught off guard. Now, she’s sending out a warning to other parents so they can be on the lookout.

Police Issue Warning About Scary New License Plate Scam

Do you own a car? If yes, do you have your license plate number memorized?

Most drivers know this number by heart, some can even correctly recite their registration number and their odometer’s exact reading, but not everyone can say the same.

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Now, police are encouraging motorists to memorize the digits on their vehicle’s plate because it could help them easily get out of a potentially dangerous situation.

Fishers Police Department in Indiana issued a warning in a Facebook post about a scam that every driver, whether they’re located in Indiana or not, should be aware of.

They recounted an incident that occurred recently involving two men who attempted to get a female driver to pull using an arguably clever tactic.

Secret Service Reveals How To Spot “Skimmers” Hiding On Your Gas Pump

It’s genius, totally evil, and hides in plain sight. Most people have never heard of an ATM skimmer before, but unless you know what to look for you could fall victim to one.

The FBI and Secret Service have been warning the public about these devices as they become more common across the country.

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The basic idea behind an ATM skimmer is that something has been added to the machine to steal your credit card number and PIN. While they’re most commonly found on bank ATMs, they’ve also been spotted on gas pumps and regular credit card readers.

These flimsy little devices are surprisingly profitable for the crooks who set them up. A pair of brothers in New York netted more than $1 million by attaching skimmers to ATM machines in 2010.

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And the risk of having your identity stolen is even greater if you haven’t switched to a chip card yet (as many as 55% of Americans haven’t).

Thankfully, once you know what to look for, this scam is easy to avoid.

Experts Sound The Alarm About Radioactive Tap Water

A stunning report highlights a hidden danger in your tap water: radium.

This radioactive element is found naturally in the ground, and leeches into our drinking water through aquifers. A new report by the nonprofit group Environmental Working Group (EWG) says that as many as 170 million people are exposed to radium in their drinking water, despite the fact that it’s known to raise your cancer risk.

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As Alexis Temkin, a toxicologist with EWG explains, “[radium] has been associated with increases in bone cancer. So exposure to radium… even low levels, may increase the risk of cancer development.”

While the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets a safe limit for the amount of radium in tap water, EWG says that the limit from 1976 is outdated.

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They add that no level of exposure to radium is “risk free,” and there’s still a low risk of developing cancer under the agency’s legal limit for radium. Under the EPA’s guidelines, about 70 extra cases of cancer per one million people are expected.

With radium found in public water systems from all 50 states, it’s important to learn how you can check your tap water.

Vets Warn The Dog Flu Is Deadly This Year – Here’s How To Protect Your Pet

Veterinarians are warning pet owners to watch out as America experiences a serious dog flu outbreak.

The dog flu, or canine influenza, has been identified in 46 states and even Canada, and animal experts worry pet owners don’t know enough about the condition.

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The disease has been common in Asia for years, but only spread to the United States from South Korea in 2015. Since then, there have been a number of large outbreaks, including when 1,000 dogs from the Chicago area caught the virus.

Jodie Strait, a dog show competitor whose pets caught the virus, called the disease “unreal.”

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“It was the worst nightmare that could ever happen,” she remembered. “I went to a dog show with my dogs and I almost killed them.”

Until now, only owners like Strait who competed in large dog shows had to worry about the canine flu. But now the disease is spreading through the country’s kennels, dog parks, and from pooch to pooch.

Vets are warning owners to learn the signs of dog flu, and how to prevent your pet from catching it.

Small Changes On Your Face That Are Trying To Warn You About Serious Medical Problems

We all want to stay healthy, but honestly, it can get to be a little much to worry about every little thing. Who has the time?! Well, it’s time to put a little bit of consideration in, because sometimes it’s the little things that you have been ignoring that are actually what you should be paying the most attention to.

There are four small things that you should be watching out on your face that can help you notice when something bigger is going on. Each of them can reveal serious medical conditions that you may be suffering from without even knowing it. Here’s what you should watch out for.

Take a look at your eyebrows. If you notice that they are thinner than they used to be, or have always been thing, you may be suffering from hypothyroidism. This is especially noticable around the temples, but it’s a good tip off.

Other symptoms you may experience are feeling tired and sluggish, feeling cold all the time, and even dry skin. If you are experiencing all of these symptoms, ask your doctor for a blood test.

While a little bit of facial hair and acne is nothing to be worried about, if you are finding it to be increasing, your body is producing too much testosterone. This increase in hormones is often caused by polycystic ovary syndrome. It can lead to cysts forming in your ovaries and should be treated by a doctor.

There are more symptoms you should be watching out for…

Researchers Tested Makeup Store Samples, And The Results Will Disgust You

It’s hard to imagine a makeup store without testers, those little free samples of products that let customers try new products before they buy them.

But a new investigation has revealed the ugly truth about these free samples, and if you’re still using them, this story might change your mind. You may remember that a woman is already suing the chain of Sephora makeup stores after claiming she caught the herpes virus while sampling lipstick.

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It’s a strange claim, but viruses like herpes can survive for up to a week on makeup products, and dermatologists say the woman’s story is believable.

In the lawsuit, the woman is blaming the store for not warning her about the risk of catching herpes from the samples. She’s also suing the store for emotional distress caused by her diagnosis.

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If that story didn’t scare you away from testers, this one might. A team of investigative journalists swabbed testers are three different stores – Macy’s, Sephora, and Ulta – and uncovered some disgusting results.

We’re warning you: this story is not pretty.

13 “Healthy” Foods You Need To Cut Down On

The struggle to eat healthy in order to improve your life in general is real. Every day it feels like there’s a new “superfood” that the internet is freaking out over, and between this and fad diets showing up left, right and center, it can get pretty overwhelming.

Thankfully, this is why there are nutritionists out there, like Miami-based clinical nutritionist Dr. Michael Forman. Dr. Forman took the time to outline several foods that, while technically considered “healthy,” can still be problematic in too big a dose.

1) Whole Wheat Bread

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“Whole wheat bread is one of the most potentially inflammatory foods in existence since the gluten used in today’s wheat bread is virtually indigestible by most people,” says Dr. Forman. “It’s amazing how much better people feel when they just stop eating it.”

2) Brown Sugar

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“Brown sugar is just like the white stuff; it’s a refined sugar that immediately hits your bloodstream and demands insulin as a response. This promotes inflammation by irritating insulin resistance, one of the factors in almost every health problem,” explains Dr. Forman.

3) Agave Syrup

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Agave syrup, according to Dr. Forman, is very close to high fructose corn syrup (a sweetener used in things like soft drinks and is DEFINITELY not healthy). If you’re trying to lose weight, it’s best to stay away.

4) Non-Organic Chicken

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“They are kept in small cages, shot up with antibiotics and growth hormones and fed unnatural foods for chickens,” says Dr. Forman. You can usually avoid this problem by opting for local, farm-raised chicken.

5) Pasteurized Eggs

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“They have been treated with antibiotics, pasteurization, and other processes that make them last,” explains Dr. Forman. Again, much like the chicken, buying local is usually a much better solution.

6) Whole Wheat Pasta

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Pasta of any kind is high in empty calories, and whole wheat pasta can even raise your bloody sugar levels just as high as the regular kind does, which means you’ll retain fat much more easily. In short, keep your pasta intake in moderation.

The foods just get more surprising from here…

Why People Over 40 Should Stop Taking Ibuprofen Immediately

While we all get the occasional headache, muscle pains or if we are dealing with chronic discomfort, we don’t usually think twice about reaching for over-the-counter painkillers. Usually with one or two pills we are feeling better again.

What we don’t think about though, is the long term effects of regularly using these drugs. Recent research has suggested that one common painkiller can be toxic to the heart muscle, making it dangerous for everyone over the age of 40.

If you’re one of those people that reach for the medicine cabinet when you feel a headache coming on, you may want to think again.

Experts Raise Red Flags About Baby Foods Made With Rice

As if new parent’s didn’t have enough to worry about, now experts have new warnings about baby foods made with rice.

While rice is healthy, cheap, and found in lots of foods for infants and toddlers, there are already a number of health concerns about the crop. Unlike other grains, rice is grown in paddies flooded with water, which makes it easier for pesticides and toxins to absorb into the rice and its byproducts.

The FDA has already warned about the levels of toxic metals and even cyanide found in rice, but now a new study is highlighting the levels of mercury in the grain. Mercury poisoning is a risk usually associated with eating fish, but the methylmercury that causes it can also be found in rice.

Now, a new study led by the Florida International University published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry says that the amount of methylmercury in rice cereals for babies is cause for concern.

Tests show the average levels of mercury in baby foods made from rice are three times higher than whole grain foods, and a stunning 19 times higher than foods made with other grains.

Because of these findings, health experts have new recommendations that all parents should read…

21 Things In Your Home That May Be Harmful To Your Dog

Dog owners love to treat their pets every once in a while, but it can be hard to know what’s safe for your four-legged family members to eat. This list includes 21 common household foods and small objects that pets should avoid eating at all costs.

If your pet has eaten something dangerous, contact your vet right away or phone the Pet Poison Helpline at 855-764-7661 (there is a fee for calling).

Most people know about the risk of feeding a dog chocolate, but we could all use a reminder. The dangerous ingredient of chocolate is theobromine, which gives it a bitter taste. That means darker chocolate is especially dangerous for your pet.

It will usually take a few hours for your dog to show symptoms, including vomiting, diarrhea, restlessness, hyperactivity and sometimes seizures. While a very small amount of chocolate is nothing to worry about, you should be cautious not to leave any lying around.

Like some humans, dogs are essentially lactose intolerant. Their stomachs have trouble digesting milk and other dairy products. The worst you can expect is some diarrhea or an upset stomach, but it’s best not to treat your dog to milk.

Most pet owners have no ideas, but this family of flowering plants which includes onions, garlic and chives is very dangerous for dogs. They irritate your pet’s gut, and can cause conditions like anemia.

Watch out, because some surprising products, including gravies and baby foods, contain garlic.

The “bones” we buy for dogs at the pet store are actually made from pressed animal hides. Real bones can damage your dog’s teeth (they’re used to chewing on kibble, not hunting wild animals). Beware of cooked bones too, because these will splinter easily and become a choking hazard.

You may not recognize this artificial sweetener, but you probably have it in your home right now. Diet sodas, sugar-free gum and some candies all use xylitol. Just a small amount can be fatal for dogs, because the sweetener causes blood sugar and liver problems.

Unsalted, roasted nuts are actually a nice treat for your dog, but leave macadamia nuts out of the mix. They cause tremors, weakness, vomiting and overheating in dogs. Be aware that the symptoms are often delayed, but can last for a long time.

Treat chemicals in your home as if you’re living with a toddler: make sure they’re out of your dog’s reach and properly sealed. Common insecticides are toxic to dogs, especially disulfoton, which is used on roses.

Obviously you shouldn’t let your pet drink rodenticides either, but also don’t let them eat any rodents you’ve poisoned using those chemicals.

This can seem like strange advice since they’re prescribed by a veterinarian, but pet pain relievers are only safe in very low doses. Giving your pet large doses of Rimadyl, Dermaxx, Previcox or COX-2 inhibitors can cause ulcers and kidney failure.

Even if the label insists that these products are “natural,” be careful about using them on surfaces that your dog can reach. The most dangerous products are lye, drain and toilet cleaners, and calcium, lime and rust treatments.

Cheese is alright as a “sometimes treat” for your pet, but only certain kinds. Blue cheese varieties like Stilton and Roquefort contain a chemical called Roquefortine C, which causes vomiting, diarrhea, tremors and even seizures in dogs.

Keep reading, because lots of common ingredients aren’t safe for your dog to eat…

Mom Issues Warning After Toddler Burned By Phone Charger

Raising a kid is always full of worry. You can childproof every door, hide every cleaning product, and pad every corner, but there’s always a sense of panic when your toddler crawls for something that could be potentially harmful.

For Courtney Davis, that “something” was a phone charger. Now, we all know phone chargers can be dangerous. One man was electrocuted after he fell asleep and his phone charger got caught on his necklace.

The NYPD also issued a warning, saying that sleeping with your phone charging under your pillow can start a fire and potentially cause serious injury.

For Davis, her little Gabby found the charger lying on the ground and put it in her mouth. That’s when things got really bad.

Cancer Survivor Wants Her Story To Be A Warning To Other Women

Common symptoms of headache, fatigue, bloating, cramping and general body aches are typically ignored by most people, as it is often lack of sleep, water, food or exercise that causes it.

For Carla Bradbury, the stomach pains she was feeling was a sign of something much more serious.

The 46-year-old didn’t think anything of the pain in her gut when it came on.

“I was given a Sodastream for my birthday and thought that my stomach pains were coming from having too much fizzy water, so I didn’t go to the doctors straight away,” she says. “I also experienced spotting between periods — which I thought was down to hormones.”

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After the stomach pains persisted, she went to see her doctor who examined her and gave her a smear test. Once the smear came back with an abnormal result, it led to further investigation.

After further testing, Bradbury’s worst fears were confirmed.

Everyone With A Yahoo Account Has Been Hacked

Yahoo is warning their customers to be careful and secure their information, after discovering that a 2013 hack was much worse than they thought.

When Yahoo revealed their customer’s private information had been stolen last year, they originally claimed that about one billion accounts were affected, or around one in three Yahoo users. Now, “recently obtained new intelligence” has confirmed every customer’s worst fear.

According to Oath, a subsidiary of Verizon which now owns Yahoo, forensic experts from outside the company uncovered new evidence that every single Yahoo user was affected by the 2013 hack. Private information including e-mail addresses, passwords, birth dates, phone numbers and other data stored on Yahoo accounts were all vulnerable.

Even if you don’t have a Yahoo e-mail account, users on other Yahoo websites including Flickr, Tumblr and the sports website Fantasy were also affected. Thankfully, Yahoo claims that credit card and bank information were not accessed, and passwords were not in plain text, which could protect your account.

If your account was one of the three billion affected by the hack, there are steps you need to take to protect your information…

School Districts Warn Parents That Flutes Handed Out By Their Schools Could Be Contaminated With Semen

Mandatory music programs are often a great asset to any school. In theory, they teach children valuable skills in reading and performing music, and give them a new appreciation for music as an art form.

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However, music programs can also be some of the most stressful parts of school, both on students and on the teachers. The students have to learn to read music from the ground up, which is no simple task, especially if it’s not something they take to right away. Even if they have an easier time understanding it than some, there’s the endless hours of practicing they have to do to actually learn to play the instrument well.

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In some ways the music teachers have it even worse. They’re stuck trying to teach skills that some people spend literal decades trying to master to a group of a few dozen students who probably don’t even care a little bit, and that’s before you get into actually having to correct their playing. Have you ever heard 30+ people all loudly playing the wrong note? It’s pretty unbearable.

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Apparently one music teacher in California finally had enough, because they’re now under investigation for giving kids instruments with some pretty disgusting surprises.

The details are pretty disturbing…

Woman Undergoes Cosmetic Eye Alteration, But Now Might Lose Her Vision

Tattoos have become exceptionally popular over the last several years. While there used to be a big stigma attached to them, more and more people are changing their minds and seeing them in a different light.

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Plenty of younger people love getting tattoos as a way of expressing themselves, and even older generations are starting to get in on the action. They’re a great way to commemorate people you love, memories you cherish, or designs that represent your personality.

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Or maybe you just really want a giant monster on your back. You do you, we’re not here to judge.

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However, like most things, tattoos carry some inherent risks that can pose serious threats to your health if you’re not careful. You need to be mindful of how clean the shop you go to keeps their equipment, how professional your artist is, and keeping it clean afterwards in order to avoid infection, or worse.

Case and point: a woman might lose her vision because of a tattoo she decided to get, and she’s warning people about doing the same.

Keep reading to see what happened to her…

She Got A Risky Tattoo, And Now May Go Blind Because Of It

Tattoos have become exceptionally popular over the last several years. While there used to be a big stigma attached to them, more and more people are changing their minds and seeing them in a different light.

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Plenty of younger people love getting tattoos as a way of expressing themselves, and even older generations are starting to get in on the action. They’re a great way to commemorate people you love, memories you cherish, or designs that represent your personality.

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Or maybe you just really want a giant monster on your back. You do you, we’re not here to judge.

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However, like most things, tattoos carry some inherent risks that can pose serious threats to your health if you’re not careful. You need to be mindful of how clean the shop you go to keeps their equipment, how professional your artist is, and keeping it clean afterwards in order to avoid infection, or worse.

Case and point: a woman might lose her vision because of a tattoo she decided to get, and she’s warning people about doing the same.

Keep reading to see what happened to her…