Family Focus

  World Down Syndrome Awareness Day hits close to home for Toledo Family

  Family Focus: Study shows parents don’t catch up on sleep until 6 years after having a baby

  TPS supplies school nurses with both EpiPen’s and Narcan

  Toledo Public Schools is trying to increase state testing attendance

  Family Focus: Treating Super Lice

  Former Toledo Walleye star to host hockey camp in June

Continued Coverage

  Dozens of bands set to play for Acoustics For Autism in Maumee

  Family Focus: Don’t overlook your kids’ sports physicals

  Momo Challenge returns, a warning for parents

  Local library helps people battle Seasonal Affective Disorder

  Sylvania Schools implement system to track anyone who comes into the school

  Family Focus: Social media safety

Flu virus increases in Ohio, how to stay healthy

For a minute it seemed the flu was leaving Ohio, but new numbers show an increase in the virus.

  Sick Season: How to help clean the flu out of your home

Our local health officials say the flu season may not have peaked yet, and is still urging people to get a flu shot.

  Northview students teach peers about mental health

Teen years can be a dark time for kids and that's why local students at Sylvania Northview High School are shining a light for peers.

  Toledo family raising awareness about congenital heart disease

We talk about matters of the heart on Valentine’s Day. Well that takes on a whole new meaning for a Toledo family whose lives completely changed with the birth of their daughter.

  Bellevue couple married on Valentine’s Day, celebrates 72nd anniversary

  Te’Zaree’s battle: 8-month-old fights stage four cancer

  Family Focus: Making sure kids get recommended amount of sleep

  Family Focus Quick Tips: Stay on track and get organized

3-year-old dies from flu; first child death of flu season in Ohio

  Family Focus Quick Tips: A healthy treat kids will love

  Family Focus Quick Tip: This mess-free activity is fun for kids of all ages

Looking for a great activity for the little ones but you don’t want all the mess? Here’s a craft you can do anytime!

  Go Red For Women: A local woman’s experience with heart disease

One in three women die of heart disease, but 80 percent of heart disease can be prevented through healthier lifestyle changes.

  Family Focus: Know the dangers of radon gas and how to detect it

The Ohio Department of Health says radon can damage the lungs when inhaled, and it is the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers and the second leading cause for smokers.

  Families find something to do while school is closed

If you’re looking for something else to do over the next few days, there’s a place you can go when you’re short on money. A place that’s still open for the whole family.

‘Play it Forward’ giving gently used toys new life for charity

They’re be given to 29 family oriented non-profit organizations on Monday

  Family of five survives devastating fire, in need of help

The family says they have a lot of healing to do physically, emotionally and mentally; but they are feeling overwhelmingly blessed to have each other.

Rossford is building an all-inclusive handicap playground

The city is building an all-inclusive handicap friendly playground at Veterans Memorial Park.

The Red Cross is need of blood donations

This time of year is normally slow for donations. That is why the public is being urged to come in and help out so the organization doesn’t fall any more behind.

  ProMedica partners with Area Office on Aging to battle senior citizen social isolation

A new program in our area aims to make sure senior citizens dealing with medical issues don’t feel alone.

  Family Focus: Dining out with kids

Whether it’s to spend quality time or there’s just no time to make dinner, many of us are dining out with our kids. But it can also be challenging and expensive.

  Toledo couple becomes instant parents after family tragedy

Imagine going from being a couple and planning a future for just the two of you, and in the blink of an eye, becoming instant parents to three kids. That's exactly what happened to one Toledo couple.

  ‘Help Me Grow’ program helps children who may have a developmental delay

Help Me Grow has been around forever, but many people aren’t aware of the program, which helps children from birth to three years old.​

February SNAP benefits to come this week

SNAP recipients' February benefits will be available on their EBT card, Wednesday January 16.

Otsego Superintendent gets certified to drive school buses

Adam said that as a superintendent, it was important for him to get this certification in order to appreciate all the jobs that go into running a school.

  Local Business offering free food to federal workers

As the longest government shutdown in United States history continues, finding ways to save money and get food on the table is the unfortunate reality for many families.

Toledo introduces program to offer free Pre-K for students

The City of Toledo is taking strides at improving the education of its kids through a new program that won't cost taxpayers anything. The program is based solely on private donations.

  Family Focus: Tips to having a successful co-parenting experience

Navigating a blended family comes with challenges.

  New family fun center coming to Tiffin

A former factory property in Tiffin will soon be a destination for family friendly fun.

  How to keep your family safe from Norovirus

Norovirus is a sicknesses that we often forget about. It’s an illness that causes severe vomiting and diarrhea.

  Local experts choose to support victims in human trafficking case

Dr. Williamson believes the only way we improve as a society and bring an end to human trafficking is by educating ourselves and speaking out.

Daughter Project works to help sex trafficking victims

The goal is to lead children and women on their long journey to recovery.

FDA warns about dangers of teething necklaces, bracelets after death of 18-month-old boy

One report involved a 7-month old child who choked on the beads of a wooden teething bracelet while under parental supervision and was taken to the hospital. Another involved an 18-month-old child who was strangled to death by his amber teething necklace during a nap.

  Family Focus: Did you know? 3 out of 4 feeding styles are bad for your kids

There are actually four different ways to feed your family, and experts say three of the four styles are harmful to our kids.

  Grieving through the holidays

The holidays are about spending time with family and enjoying the company of loved ones, but for those who are grieving, the season may be anything but merry.

  Proposed ‘Heartbeat bill’ one step closer to Governor John Kasich’s desk

However, even if it does pass the house again, Governor John Kasich said he will veto it.

  Doctors warn of the tampon recall posing a serious health threat

“If these tampons are left inside, you might notice discharge, irritation, odor and if left unattended for a long time you can get an infection called toxic shock syndrome and that can be a life threatening infection,” said Dr. Denny.

Group demands justice for 3-year-old who was shot and killed Thanksgiving Day

Malachi Barnes was just three years old when he was shot and killed while riding in the car with his father Anthony Barnes on Thanksgiving Day.

  Reporting suspicious online activity can help investigators keep you and the community safe

The arrest of Damon Joseph and Elizabeth LeCron came from investigations following social media posts, which you can do too.

Buffalo Soldiers deliver toys at YMCA for Christmas

Members with the group collected an SUV full of presents for kids.

Holidays can be difficult for those struggling with addiction

If you feel a loved one may be struggling with addiction, don’t be combative. Instead, ask questions about how their life is going and how you can help them reach their goals and enjoy the season.

Dollar General aims to offer customers healthier food options

The low-end retailer is looking to offer their customers healthier food options such as yogurt, nuts and eventually fresh produce and meat according to CNN.

  Family Focus: Managing Holiday Stress

The holidays take stress up a notch, but it's important to make an effort to scale back and focus on what’s important.

One parent encouraged Rossford Schools to launch anonymous bullying report

The new feature is available on the district’s website.

  Sylvania mom says son should have received painkillers following surgery

A Sylvania mother said her son's doctor refused to prescribe painkillers after her son Anthony's surgery to remove his tonsils just before Thanksgiving.

Wood County Health Department almost ready to begin offering dental care services

The department will have a sliding fee scale and will not turn away any patients. It will also accept Medicaid.

Toledo Lucas County Health Department screening Infant Mortality Documentary

The documentary titled “Infant Mortality: Black and White in Lucas County” specifically addresses the disparity between black and white infant deaths

  Family Focus: Local district goes on offense to prevent drivers from buzzing past school buses

Just when parents think they’re supposed to be safe, several students across the nation tragically have been killed as they get on and off the bus.

Margaret Hunt Senior Center offers Thanksgiving meal, comradery for the holiday

Thanksgiving can be a lonely time of year for many older adults who may have recently lost a spouse or other loved ones.

  Brothers United helps men tackle the challenges of fatherhood, together

For 24 days, participants meet to learn and develop co-parenting skills. Fathers then take what they have learned in the classroom back to their homes.

Experts warn against kids wearing bulky coats in car seats

Experts say a thin coat or a fleece is ok, because the fabric doesn’t compress. If a bulky coat is needed, It's recommended to bundle up the kids to walk them from the house to the car and then take the coats off inside the car.

Car seats and winter coats: a dangerous combination

According to Consumer Reports, winter coats can cause the harness of the car seat to be too loose, thus rendering it ineffective in a car crash.

Family Focus: How to budget for kids who still live at home

Merrill Lynch did a study that shows parents spend $500 billion a year supporting their kids, ages 18 to 34.

KeyBank donates $500K to Ebeid Neighborhood Promise

The donation brings the organization another step closer to achieving the $50 million goal set forth for its initiative.

Dangers of carbon monoxide should be high on your list for family safety

We’ve all done it; putting off home improvements because we didn’t want to spend the money. And who likes to pay for preventative maintenance? But there’s one project that you should definitely not ignore. Your family’s safety depends on it.

Sylvania votes on school safety levy

For the owner of a $200,000 it’ll cost you nearly $60 a year for the next five years.

JCPenney invites kids, families to free Nickelodeon event

Unique to this Nickelodeon event, parents will receive a bonus coupon of 20 percent off all Nickelodeon toys valid only on Saturday.

  Family Focus: Standardized tests

The harsh reality teachers have to face when it comes to standardized testing, is they generally have to teach for a test.

  Experts: Could be close to RSV vaccine

Could we be getting close? Infectious Disease specialist with Vanderbuilt University, Dr. William Schaffner said, we just might be.

  East Toledo Restaurant vows to stay open following namesake’s passing

Tom’s family wants everyone who’s reached out to them for the past day to know; the restaurant isn’t going anywhere.

  See a blue pumpkin tonight? Teal Pumpkin Project aims to accommodate children with food allergies

Tricker-or-treaters who do come across a teal pumpkin should know that, that means the house is providing treats for those with food allergies.

Local parents check sex offender list before trick or treating

We’re days away from Halloween and now’s the time some parents are starting to plan where they want to take kids trick or treating.

  2,400 nurses, support staff at St. Vincent’s Hospital considering strike

Around 2,400 nurses and support staff hope to send a message to Mercy Health that they’re frustrated.

Curry powder recalled due to possible lead contamination

The recall came as the result of an investigation into the elevated blood lead levels of a Michigan child, possibly linked to household spices.

  Patients with arthritis may start looking to their own bodies for healing

Nearly 9 out of 10 individuals suffering from at least one episode of debilitating chronic pain could soon be seeking out ways to heal better and faster.

  WTOL 11 wants to thank you northwest Ohio

There is a big thank you in order to the northwest Ohio community for making WTOL 11 and Impact with Hope’s “Sending Hope” drive, a major success.

  Family Focus: What parents need to know about RSV

As cold and flu season ramps up, there’s another virus that you need to know about, especially if you have young children. It’s called RSV, Respiratory Syncytial Virus.

  Facing expensive prescription costs? One website shows different prices in various pharmacies

To Melisa’s surprise, she discovered she could fill her prescriptions at Costco for just $38 versus the hundreds she was originally told at a different pharmacy.

  Toledo Safe Routes to School offers advice for getting to and from school

Following the death of a high school student on his way to school, Tuesday morning, WTOL 11 spokee with the experts on keeping our kids safe.