“Clean Your Plate” Is Not Always The Way To Go For Healthy Kids

Clean Your Plate
Clean Your Plate

According to obesity researchers, the United States obesity rate has more than doubled for preschoolers and adolescents-and more than tripled for ages 6 to 11-over the past 30 years. Obese children are at greater risk for health problems such as diabetes and heart disease, and often carry these problems into adulthood.

So, how do parents help children, and the entire family, eat healthier, both at home and away-from-home?

“Talk to your pediatrician, family doctor or registered dietitian to determine the healthiest weight goals for the entire family,” said nutrition expert Jenifer Bland-Campbell, “then make a plan to tackle the issue.”

She offers these tips to help parents help their families eat more healthfully:

a. Eat at least one meal together daily, at regular intervals to discourage snacking.

b. Prepare healthy dishes for the whole family, not just special foods for an overweight child.

c. Don’t use food as a reward, comfort or punishment.

d. Watch portions. “Clean your plate” is not always the way to go.

e. Eat slowly. It takes almost 20 minutes for the brain to register that the body is full.

f. Encourage water or skim or 1% milk instead of high-calorie, sugary drinks.

g. Getting kids to eat at least five servings of vegetables and fruits each day will not be easy, but focus on the colors to make it more fun.

h. Use low-fat or fat-free dressings, mayonnaise and dairy items at home as if they are the full-fat versions. Kids will take your cues. Ask for the same items on the side when eating away-from-home.

i. Take the stairs. When you go shopping, park the car farther away from the store and walk.

j. Limit television, video games or computer time.

k. Replace mayonnaise and cheese on burgers or sandwiches with catsup, mustard or barbecue sauce.

l. Stick with items that are baked, broiled, steamed or poached-not fried.

m. Ask for nutritional information when eating out.

n. Look beyond the children’s menu, often limited to fried, high-calorie, high-fat foods. Split one healthier adult entree between two children.

o. Ask for a takeout container and put some of the food in before you eat.

p. Ask that bread, beverages and tortilla chips be served with the meal, not beforehand.

“Parents can help children reach wellness goals by first making healthy changes at home, then teaching kids what to do away from home,” said Bland-Campbell. “Healthy eating does not happen overnight, but children take cues from their parents and will learn behaviors over time.”

 

How to Make Impetigo Go Away

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How to Make Impetigo Go Away

Whether at home or in school, most kids are prone to minor accidents while they are busy at play. They usually get minor bruises and scratches on their skin. These small cuts and abrasions, however, could become serious once skin infections set in and no proper treatment administered.
A good example of a bacterial infection is called Impetigo. Impetigo is characterized by the presence of crusty lesions on the skin. This skin infection is caused by the following bacteria: Streptococcus or staphylococcus aureus. These bacteria are usually found on human skin and cause infections when they gain entry via an open wound. Children infected with impetigo develop blisters that usually burst and ooze with fluid. These blisters eventually harden into a honey-colored crust.
Impetigo can affect skin anywhere on the body but often attacks the area around the nose and mouth. It is more likely to show up on skin that is already irritated or raw from eczema, poison ivy, bug bites or a skin allergy to soap or makeup.
Impetigo is contagious. The infection is carried in the fluid that oozes from the blisters. When the patient touches the infected skin and then touches another part of the body, the bacterial infection may be transferred to that spot. It also can be spread from one person to another. This is why school children easily spread the infection from one kid to another. Impetigo can also be found in some adults who do not observe hygienic practices.
Symptoms of impetigo caused by streptococci include the presence of tiny blisters containing fluid. The skin underneath them is moist and red. A tan or yellow-brown crust covers the wet areas, making it look like they’ve been coated with honey or brown sugar.

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Helping Kids Deal With Bullying

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bullying kids

It is not very uncommon to see withdrawn and shy kids in schools. These kids are aloof and somewhat indifferent to other children. Most likely, these kids seem unhappy because they are being bullied at school.

Being bullied can be a total nightmare for any child. Although bullying can also be experienced by adults, this kind of social act frequently happens among kids or adolescents.

Define bullying

Bullying is different from an innocent teasing of a classmate, friend, or a sibling. Mere teasing is not harmful when done in a humorous or in an unintentional way. However, when teasing becomes extreme to the point that it is hurtful and turns into a habit on the part of the teaser, this act is then considered bullying.

Generally, bullying is the purposeful or intentional act of an individual to verbally, physically, or psychologically torment another person. This act may be in the form of threatening, mocking, hitting, name-calling, and even soliciting money from the poor victim.

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Kids’ Health – Take Care of It

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kids health

When we utilize the term kids’ wellbeing, it incorporates the investigation of conceivable ecological causes that outcome ailment and turmoil in kids alongside the avoidance and treatment of naturally intervened ailments in kids and newborn children. Be that as it may, it likewise demonstrates physical, mental and social prosperity of the youngsters. Each parent put every one of their endeavors to give a decent wellbeing to their youngsters. With a specific end goal to help individuals to give a sound life to their youngsters from all the point of view, for example, physical, mental and social condition, a great deal of medicinal associations give critical wellbeing measures to them. Wellbeing is the principle worry that can choose the personal satisfaction.

Nowadays, a considerable measure of kids are experiencing different sorts of wellbeing sicknesses from mellow to endless ones. From whatever illness or confusion a tyke is experiencing, going for quick treatment is exceptionally basic, as numbness of those ailments may prompt genuine medical problems sooner rather than later. In any case, if your youngsters are not having any sort of illnesses in that capacity, at that point additionally going for normal yearly checkups is critical to guarantee the great strength of your kids. At ordinarily, youngsters experience the ill effects of inside ailments that may not come into vision, while going for checkups, they will come into vision and accordingly, cure of those infections will be practical for you.

A portion of the exceptionally regular wellbeing issue that can be seen among kids include: Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Proteinuria, Stool Soiling, Tics and Tourette’s syndrome, Urinary Reflux, Urinary Tract Infection and Weight Gain and so forth.

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Youngsters medical problems

One of the greatest issues to torment kids is sensitivities. With such a large number of allergens coasting noticeable all around, kids are increasingly inclined to sensitivities. On the off chance that guardians are given the correct wellbeing devices, they can enable their youngster to figure out how to carry on with an upbeat and typical existence with any hypersensitivity that might be available.

There are numerous worries with kids’ medical problems in the present society with regards to hypersensitivities. One is managing a tyke who is excessively youthful, making it impossible to inform their folks how they feel regarding an indication they may have. Ordinarily a kid will build up a sensitivity and if the guardians don’t have the foggiest idea about the signs to search for, the youngster’s manifestations can go unnoticed for a long time.

Over the long haul, this can bring inconvenience to both the tyke and the guardians. Be that as it may, if a man completes a little research on the web, they can get free wellbeing data concerning the current issue.

Another way that guardians can figure out how to adapt to youngsters medical problems is to locate an ingenious hypersensitivity focus that will give exact data so they can additionally figure out how to manage issues, for example, negative responses and asthma. A huge amount of sensitivity data is accessible readily available in the event that they simply set aside the opportunity to complete a little research.

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8 Fun Ideas To Get Your Kids To Eat Their Veggies

Your Kids To Eat Their Veggies
Your Kids To Eat Their Veggies

Do you have trouble getting your kids to eat their veggies? I sure do.

My daughter used to be great about trying and eating just about anything…and then she turned 2 ½. Now it is pretty much impossible to get her to eat anything other than corn when it comes to vegetables. So I had to come up with some fun and sometimes sneaky ways to get some veggies in her. Here are a few of my favorites.

1) Make big pot of vegetable soup, and then add some fun noodle shapes. You can use alphabet noodles or look for some fun novelty shapes. You may be able to find some cartoon characters, toy and sports shapes etc. I have even seen pumpkin and Christmas tree shapes. With a little luck your kids will be too busy spelling words, or identifying the shape to notice all the veggies they are eating in the soup.

2) If you can’t make them eat it, make them drink it. Pour some vegetable juice over ice and add a straw, a cocktail umbrella or a stick of celery and watch them drink it up. Your kids may not get as much fiber as eating the entire vegetable, but getting them to drink their vegetables is better than not getting any vegetables in their system.

3) Have you tried offering them some raw vegetables with some ranch dressing to dip them in? Many kids who don’t care much for cooked vegetables will eat them up if they can dip them. Just grab a bag of baby carrots and cut up some red and yellow peppers and some cucumber. Arrange them on a plate with a little bit of ranch dressing or your favorite vegetable dip on the side.

4) Take it even a step further and let them create artwork out of their vegetables. Offer raw vegetables in different colors and shapes and encourage them to make a vegetable collage on their plate. You can easily make a face using slices of cucumber as eyes, a baby carrot as nose and a slice of red pepper as a mouth. You can use watercress or shredded carrots or even some cheese as hair. Before you know it, you’ll find them sampling their “art supplies”.

5) To get them to eat more vegetables at dinnertime try a little salad bar. Put out some lettuce, some sliced or chopped tomato, slices of cucumber, shredded carrot, slices of red and yellow peppers, small broccoli flowerets and anything else you can think of. You may also want to offer them some choices when it comes to salad dressing. Favorites in our house are Ranch, Italian, Catalina, and French. To top it all of set out some croutons and shredded cheese.

6) Get the kids together and make a cold vegetable pizza. Start out with a can of crescent rolls. Unroll the dough, but don’t pull the triangle shapes apart. Instead push the seams together and bake on a baking sheet according to the package directions. Let the sheet of dough cool completely, then spread with some crème cheese (we like a vegetable or herb flavored one) and top with some thinly sliced raw veggies. Cut into squares and serve.

7) Get them involved in the kitchen especially when it comes to cooking. Ask them to wash the vegetables, if they are old enough let them cut veggies (under your supervision of course), let them help you stir, or anything else you can think of that would be age appropriate. You’ll be amazed at how proud they will be of their finished product. Believe me, they’ll try just about anything if they made it.

8) If everything else fails, hide the vegetables in other food. My mom used to make us some special orange mashed potatoes. We thought it was very fancy, but all she did was to cook some carrots with the potatoes and mashed them right in there. You can also cover broccoli with tomato sauce or cheese. Think of a dish your child really enjoys and sneak a little bit of vegetable in there.

Give a few of these ideas a try and see which ones work best for your children. Keep at it and sooner or later they will start to develop a taste for vegetables.