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In my last post, I shared a few tips about what to expect and how to help encourage your child to eat more. Here are some more tips to help your child eat more variety of foods, including more vegetables:
How can I get my child to eat more variety?
- Offer a "nibble tray". At snack time, fill a muffin tin or ice cube tray with bite-sized portions of colorful, nutritious foods. Try cooked macaroni, cheese cubes, kidney beans, grape halves, broccoli florets, ready-to- eat cereal, and canned pineapple tidbits.
- Let children cook. Your child is more likely to eat what he has helped to make.
- Children can help wash vegetables, tear up lettuce, scrub potatoes, or stir batter.
- Be playful. Call these finger foods playful names that a two-year-old can appreciate, such as: apple moons (thinly sliced), avocado boats (a quarter of an avocado), banana wheels, broccoli trees (steamed broccoli florets), carrot swords (cooked and thinly sliced), cheese building blocks, egg canoes (hard- boiled egg wedges), little O's (o-shaped cereal). "Olive or raspberry fingers" are much more appealing to be nibbled off their fingertips.
- Serve new foods over and over again. A food not eaten at first may ...
Summer has ended, the kids are back in school, and fall is officially here. Which means….cold and flu season is upon us! Hospitals are already seeing documented cases of seasonal influenza. There are no known cures for colds and flu, so cold and flu prevention should be your goal.
Why do we care about preventing influenza? The flu can be very dangerous for children, causing illness, hospital stays and death each year. The CDC (Center for Disease Control) reports about 20,000 children below the age of 5 are hospitalized from flu complications each year.
The most effective way for preventing the flu is to get the flu shot. It works better than anything else. (Flu vaccination is recommended for all children aged 6 months and older). There are additional strategies you can employ to help ward off those nasty viruses.
Here are 6 tips you can use to help prevent colds and the flu:
Bedwetting (also called nocturnal enuresis) is a very common childhood problem. The number of children with this problem varies by age. For example, at five years of age, an average of 16% of children will have a bedwetting accident. By 15 years of age and older, 1-2 % continue to wet the bed. For most children, this will improve or resolve without any treatment as they get older.
What can cause bedwetting?
Bedwetting may be related to one or more of the following:
- The child’s bladder holds a smaller than normal amount
- Genetics (parents who had nocturnal enuresis as a child are more likely to have children with the same concern)
- Diminished levels of vasopressin (a hormone that reduces urine production at night)
- The mechanism for the bladder and brain to talk to each other is “off line”
- Underlying medical/emotional concerns (i.e. diabetes, urinary tract infection, ADHD, etc)
When does a child achieve dryness at night?
Typically, children will learn to stay dry during the daytime first, then they will achieve night time dryness. This whole process generally can take up age 4-5.
When is bedwetting a concern?
Typically, when ...
It is important that children develop healthy eating habits early in life. Here are some ways to help your child eat well and to make meal times easier.
What to Expect:
- After the first year of life, growth slows down, and your child's appetite may change.
- It's normal for your child to eat more on some days and very little on other days.
- A child may refuse to eat in order to have some control in his life.
- A child may be happy to sit at the table for 15 to 20 minutes and no longer.
- A child may want to eat the same food over and over again.
How can I encourage my child to eat more?
- Set regular meal and snack times. Avoid feeding your child in between these times, so that they are hungry at meal and snack times. If you want your child to eat dinner at the same time you do, try to time his snack-meals so that they are at least two hours before dinner.
- Limit juice and milk between meals. Offer water between meals, which will satisfy thirst without spoiling the appetite. Serve drinks at the end of the meal.
- Respect tiny tummies. Keep portion sizes small. Here's a rule of thumb – or, rather, of hand. A young child's stomach is approximately the size of his fist. A good serving size for a young child is 1/2 slice of bread, 1 oz of meat, or 1/4 cup of fruit or vegetable pieces.
- Respect changing appetites. Offer ...
By now, the new school year is in full swing. And while it might have started with newly made memories of a great summer, it may also bring new challenges—a new classroom, a new teacher, a new setting. All parents want the same thing for their children—to be safe, healthy, happy and successful. But the latter can be more challenging in the educational setting for children with hearing loss of any level. So, as a parent, how do you ensure that your child with hearing loss succeeds in the classroom?
Understand the impact of hearing loss on learning, and how to manipulate the classroom on your child’s behalf. Hearing loss, even a minimal degree, can have a significant impact on learning. Request preferential seating for your child. Sitting closer to the teacher will help improve the signal-to-noise ratio (or how loud the teacher’s voice is relative to background noises). This will help make listening and learning easier. Work with your child’s teacher(s) to minimize background noises. Your child should be positioned away from noise sources, such as HVAC systems, heaters, windows if there tends to be a lot of external noises like traffic or the playground. Being informed on acoustics and noise management is also helpful.
Work closely with your child’s team in the development and updating of his/her IEP (Individual Educational Plan). Any child with special needs (ie: ADHD, autism, hearing loss) is a great candidate for an IEP, which is uniquely developed for each child with goals for progress during the school year. It is important to know that the IEP should be updated every 6 months.
- Keep the school, teachers, and educational audiologist informed of the hearing loss. Provide ...
Working as a CMA (certified medical assistant) in Swedish Pediatric Gastroenterology, I have the responsibility and honor of taking care of children diagnosed with a variety of gastrointestinal problems, one of the most serious being Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). IBD is an autoimmune disease that causes chronic intestinal inflammation. Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis are the two main types of IBD, depending on the location and depth of inflammation in the gut.
As I work with the families of children diagnosed with IBD, I am constantly amazed at what a complicated job they have, balancing life between a chronic illness and the challenges of “normal childhood”.
As the school year gets off to a start, seeing how hectic life can become for most kids, I wanted to write down a few ways children with IBD might better empower themselves to gain control over their chronic disease: