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This is a perfect time to evaluate your previous New Year’s health goals and make sure you and your family stay on track. Many families have goals such as eating dinner together, grocery shopping as a family, focusing on eating more vegetables, or going for nightly walks after dinner. Surprisingly, many kids also have their own goals they would like to accomplish. Supporting and encouraging your child while they tackle their goal is a great way to make sure they succeed.
What do you do if your child does not cooperate with hygiene tasks? Should you battle it out? Just let it go? Of all the tasks a parent must help their child with during a day, these can be the most challenging for parents and kids. They are often the “you have to” tasks for parents and the “I won’t” kind of tasks for the child.
A recent article in The New York Times brought awareness to the burgeoning field of surgery being performed on patients still inside the womb. The article chronicles the path of Joshuwa and Lexi Royer, a young couple from Texas who found out at their 13-week ultrasound that their son had spina bifida. As it turned out, the defect was severe, so the Royer’s traveled to Houston to hear more about the option of surgery.
The differences between these two sleeping arrangements can mean life or death for your baby. Dr. Rachel Prete, Pediatrician at Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children answers questions about the differences of each, their pros and cons and tips for new parents considering each approach.
At The Hewell Kids’ Kidney Center at Orlando Health Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, patients who have been diagnosed with End Stage Renal Disease often have difficulty coping and adjusting to a lifelong chronic illness.
Here's what you can do to make sure your child is set up for success with their backpack this school year:
When we think about diabetes, we often picture it affecting an adult. And if the disease affects a child, we assume it is type 1 diabetes. But that’s changing. More children and teens are developing type 2 diabetes, and its precursor, prediabetes. A study from 2012 found 23 percent of teens had diabetes or prediabetes, which was an increase from 9 percent in just 10 years. Those are concerning statistics, and researchers believe that the increase is due to more children being obese and overweight.
There are some areas of parenting where everyone has an opinion. And doesn’t it always happen that when you’re pushing your kid in the grocery cart, trying desperately to find the last item on your list so you can just get out of that store, that’s when someone stops you to share their little nuggets of parenting wisdom?
Throughout the school year, I teach an interactive nutrition class to a group of middle and high school students. The focus is on introducing new foods and adding a healthy touch to some of their favorite meals or snacks. While talking to the kids, I was surprised to find how many of them love salads. But many of their favorite toppings are high in fat, high in calories and lack color. What they needed was a little education and taste testing to help them understand that not all salads are created equal. Fortunately, they were very eager to learn how to make their salads more nutritious without sacrificing flavor.
Kids and fireworks have long been a dangerous combination, but now parents have even more reason to be concerned. Studies show a dramatic increase in the number of children seriously injured by these holiday pyrotechnics.