Childhood Obesity

How to Prevent Childhood Obesity

Balance is key in helping your child maintain a healthy weight. Balance the calories your child eats and drinks with the calories used through physical activity and normal growth.

Overweight and obese children and teens should reduce the rate of weight gain while allowing normal growth and development. Don’t put your child on a weight-reduction diet without talking to your health care provider. Read more

children and allergies

Children and Allergies

A child who sneezes or coughs a lot, who frequently develops a rash or hives, or who gets a stomachache, cramps or nausea after eating certain foods may have allergies. Any child may develop allergies, but they are more common in children from families with a history of such reactions.

Early identification of childhood allergies will improve your child’s quality of life, reduce the number of missed school days and help you avoid having to use sick time or vacation days to care for your child.

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fruit pouches

Are Vegetable and Fruit Pouches Healthy?

As a parent of two little ones, I’m always on the lookout for quick, healthy snacks. But as a registered dietitian, I know that most packaged snacks are full of sugar, fillers and preservatives, and lacking real nutrition. So I was intrigued when squeezable vegetable-and-fruit pouches appeared on shelves—especially when I saw that many contained organic produce without refined sugar and had few preservatives. Parents have gone gaga over them, and companies now offer up every imaginable combo, even including Greek yogurt and quinoa. For busy, health-conscious parents, these pouches are gold. Read more

Cow's Milk: When and How to Introduce It

Cow’s Milk: When and How to Introduce It

Why do experts recommend waiting to introduce cow’s milk until a baby is 12 months old?

There are several reasons to delay the introduction of cow’s milk until your baby reaches his first birthday.

Babies can’t digest cow’s milk as completely or easily as breast milk or formula. Cow’s milk contains high concentrations of protein and minerals, which can tax your baby’s immature kidneys. In addition, cow’s milk doesn’t have the right amounts of iron, vitamin C, and other nutrients for infants. It may even cause iron-deficiency anemia in some babies, since cow’s milk protein can irritate the lining of the digestive system, leading to blood in the stools. Finally, cow’s milk doesn’t provide the healthiest types of fat for growing babies. Read more

Constipation in Babies

Constipation in Babies

How can I tell if my baby is constipated?

First, consider what’s normal for your baby. She may have a bowel movement after every feeding, or she may wait a day or more in between. Your baby’s individual pattern depends on what she eats and drinks, how active she is, and how quickly she digests food.

If your baby drinks formula or eats solid food, she’ll probably have a regular bowel movement at least once a day. If your baby is breastfed, there’s no “normal” number or schedule – only what’s typical for your baby. It’s not unheard of for breastfed babies to have one bowel movement a week. Read more

Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

Foods to Avoid During Pregnancy

I had dreams that I’d eaten sushi when I was pregnant,” says Ginny Gallo-Dowdakin of Sleepy Hollow, Illinois. “I would wake up in a panic since I knew it wasn’t allowed.” Figuring out what you’re permitted to eat and avoiding the forbidden foods can truly be a nightmare for moms-to-be. It seems like every day, there’s a story in the news about yet another favorite food that’s now off-limits for pregnant women, leaving you scared to take a bite of anything lest it be on the list. It’s enough to make a woman crazy. But now, learn how other moms-to-be have coped. Read more

Pregnancy Nutrition Guide

Pregnancy Nutrition Guide

“Eating for two” during pregnancy doesn’t mean you should gorge on doughnuts and chips. It means what you eat affects the health of both you and baby. Maintaining proper nutrition during pregnancy can help keep you energized through all three trimesters, and it can give your growing baby the right combination of vitamins, minerals, and proteins to develop correctly. Eating a little junk food now and then will not harm you and your baby, but you don’t want to get all of your daily calories from foods high in fat and low in nutrients. Read more

food labels

Food Labels

Food labels help us to make healthy and safe food choices. But there’s so much nutritional information on food labels that they can sometimes be confusing. Here’s how to read food labels and work out how healthy a food is – or isn’t.

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