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Holidays at the Placitas Community Library

—Nora Timmons

Come celebrate the holiday season and an exciting and eventful year for the Placitas Community Library on December 11. This will be our first Holiday Open House in your new library, and there will be several fun activities for both children and adults.

The children’s activities begin at 10:00 a.m. and continue until noon. We are asking all patrons and volunteers to bring a new children’s book to donate to the Sandoval County Blessings Day. It can be a book for any age, from pre-K to high school. The children attending the party will help wrap the books. The craft activity—making Christmas tree ornaments—will be led by Patrice Schooley, who is one of our special visitors this year, along with her dog, Spencer. Spencer is a reading and therapy dog and loves to visit with children. Next, we will have a story time, including a puppet show, and at 11:00 a.m., our very special guest, Santa Claus, will arrive and stay until noon. Photos will be taken and provided to you free of charge. Be sure to sign our photo list. The last activity for children will be the breaking of the piñata, always an exciting event!

Another special guest who has visited our library several times before, Jay Tommelsen of Rio Grande Games, will provide samples of his new and creative board games for all ages to play. He will be at the library starting at 11:00 a.m. and staying through the afternoon. Be sure also to stay for a visit from Peggy McCormick and her beautiful animals from Wildlife Rescue, Inc. of New Mexico during the afternoon as well. 

Since opening the new library in May, we have held many entertaining and educational activities for young and old, including guest authors, a beading class, a Día de los Muertos fiesta, juggling classes, family game afternoons, and a celebration of our We the People Bookshelf. There is much more to come in 2011. Join us to celebrate the holidays, and share your love of reading by donating a new children’s book to the Blessings Day. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library. See you in December!

Tips for treating a sick child

Once the winter months set in, it seems there’s always some sort of “bug” going around school. Between colds, flu, strep, and other common illnesses, kids are lucky to escape this season without coming down with something. But if they do get sick, what should you do? These tips will help parents and caregivers see kids through the illness and get them back on the way to health:

Treating a Fever

Not every fever needs treatment. Fevers are part of how the body fights off infection. The American Academy of Pediatricians (AAP) says that if your child is eating and sleeping well and has periods of playfulness, he or she probably doesn’t need any treatment. But consult with your child’s doctor to find out what’s best in each case. The AAP has these tips for taking care of a child with a fever:

  • Keep his room and your home comfortably cool, and dress him lightly.
  • Encourage her to drink extra fluid such as water, diluted fruit juices, or commercially prepared, oral electrolyte solutions.
  • If the fever is a symptom of a highly contagious disease such as chickenpox or the flu, keep your child away from other children, elderly people, and people whose immune systems are compromised.

Treating Colds and Flu

While it’s tempting to seek medicinal treatment for every ailment, there is no cure for the cold or flu, and antibiotics don’t work on the viruses that cause colds and flu. The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) says that headaches, muscle aches, sore throats, and some fevers can be treated with pain relievers such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Be sure you give the correct dose according to your child’s age and weight.

  • Cough and cold medicines are not recommended for children, especially those younger than two.
  • Make sure your child rests and drinks plenty of fluids.
  • A humidifier can help moisten the air in your child’s bedroom and will help with nasal congestion.
  • Medicating Children

When a doctor does prescribe an antibiotic or antiviral medication, there are several important things to be aware of. The AAP recommends finishing all prescribed doses of an antibiotic, even if the child starts to feel better soon.





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