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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

A Booster Seat: How to Know if Your Child Is Ready

A Booster Seat: How to Know if Your Child Is Ready

Determining whether your child is ready to transition from a forward-facing car seat to a big-kid booster seat involves more than simply looking at the child’s age, height and weight. Allana Pinkerton, child passenger safety advocate for car seat manufacturer Diono, says parents often don’t consider a key question: Is the child mature enough to sit in a booster? Read more

5 Things Your Kids Need to Know About Getting Lost

5 Things Your Kids Need to Know About Getting Lost

June is National Safety Month, and considering that seven out of ten kids get lost at some point in their lives, talking to them about this common (and traumatic) childhood event should be high on our to-do list this month.

The talk is sometimes difficult (especially if we’re repeating the misinformation we were given as kids like “find a police officer” which is usually impossible). So, to make it easier, here are the top 5 things your kids need to know now, should they get lost: 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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7 Reasons Not to Give Your Child a Cell Phone

7 Reasons Not to Give Your Child a Cell Phone

If your kids are angling for a smartphone of their own, know that you’re not alone. Sixty-four percent of adults believe that between 10-14 is the right age for a child to get their first cell phone, according to a study by American Express, while 10 percent think that under 10 is A-OK. It’s a major milestone that there isn’t much of a precedent for (after all, how old were you when you got your first phone? Probably not in the single digits!), and it’s important to wait until you feel completely comfortable with the decision and confident in your child’s maturity level. If your gut’s telling you that they’re too young, you should probably trust your instinct. Here’s why: 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

Crossed Eyes

Crossed Eyes (Strabismus) in Kids

While it might seem obvious that being cross eyed means your eyes don’t line up normally, there is a lot more to crossed eyes than their appearance.

Strabismus is the official term for crossed eyes, but other names for it include tropia, eye turns, wall eyed, and wandering eye. Contrary to common opinion, being cross eyed is not the same as having a lazy eye, although strabismus can lead to a lazy eye. 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

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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