Family Focus

  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.

  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

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

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

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

Families find something to do while school is closed

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

Family of five survives devastating fire, in need of help

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

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

February SNAP benefits to come this week

Otsego Superintendent gets certified to drive school buses

Local Business offering free food to federal workers

Toledo introduces program to offer free Pre-K for students

  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.

Doctors see large spike in head lice around Halloween

Doctors say trying on hats, wigs and masks without knowing who had them on before you can be a major risk. But Halloween stores are not the only concern.

New youth center in Fremont named after 14-year-old gun violence victim

The Jaylan Brock Triumph Youth Center will host Fremont teens once a week, offering lessons, games and prizes for attendance. The goal is to offer teens positive alternatives to being on the street and getting in trouble.

Family Focus: A look into why fewer children are getting vaccinated

Why fewer children are getting vaccinated.

Infant carriers, baby bath support seats recalled

The infant carriers pose a fall hazard, while the baby bath seats pose a drowning hazard.

How to keep meds out of the hands of your children

Safe Kids Worldwide has conducted new research with the specific steps you should be taking to prevent your kids from ingesting something dangerous.

Officials: Liberty Center HS is safe, despite rumors of seizure outbreak

-Over the last few days, parents reached out to WTOL 11 with reports that there was an outbreak among students having seizures at Liberty Center High School. But principal Larry Black and Henry County Health Commissioner Mark Adams said there’s nothing in the school to worry about.

Springfield Schools hosts safety forum for parents

Springfield Schools hosted a Safety Forum specifically for parents Thursday night so they can find out first-hand, how the school plans to keep students safe in an emergency.

FDA: Vaping is now epidemic among children, teens

Parents are concerned with the increase in the number of kids who are using e-cigs. The devices can have sneaky designs that resemble highlighters and USB devices, and that makes it easier to hide the habit

Lake Local Schools speaking out on mental health

Lake Local Schools is stepping up and speaking out about the topic on the world mental health awareness day. It's a discussion school leaders say we need to have, one they were brave enough to tackle together.

Ohio family continues to grow together amid 2-year-old’s battle with brain cancer

It's difficult for any mother to see their child sick. But for one family, a seemingly innocent illness turned into a toddler's battle with brain cancer.

How to talk to your kids about sexual abuse

Parenting magazine has suggestions on what to say to our kids and how to educate them about protecting themselves.

Family Focus: Parents need to take care of themselves

You may have to set limits on the amount of extracurriculars your kids take on and always remember, if you focus on delivering the basics for your kids, they'll love you no matter what.

Family Focus: Just how much time are kids getting for lunch at school?

For students, it's their time to re-energize and socialize -- the lunch hour -- but it's far from an hour.  Becky Morris, mom to a Perrysburg elementary student, wonders just how much time her daughter has to eat.  "When I pack her lunches, it will literally be a sandwich, a fruit, a yogurt, chips and she's always coming home with food because she says she doesn't have enough time," Morris said. "And then by the time she com...

Family Focus: Pediatrician weighs in on chiropractic care for babies

Parents, if you've been through sleepless night after sleepless night, you're probably looking for anything that can help a baby with colic or reflux. You may even call out to your friends on social media asking for help and you may have been surprised to see people swearing by a chiropractor to make their babies happy. Little Tessa Kate is about 8 weeks old. She had her first chiropractic adjustment when she was a week and a half. "When you're desperate for sleep, you'll try a...