Wednesday, November 10th, 2010
Are your kids drinking enough water? – One of the best things we can do for our children is to help them develop a love for water, and the only way that is really possible is for them to see their parents having a love for water. If this sounds like an impossible task, start off slow. Start by diluting juices, and work your way up to making fruit infused water, and then hopefully a glass of ice water will begin to feel appealing. It’s not going to happen overnight, but it is possible. [Today Moms]
Dairy Queen, Taco Bell, and KFC among the worst when it comes to nutrition – Despite promises from fast-food chains to change the way they market their meals to children, kids now see more ads for fast food than ever, researchers say. [MSNBC]
Kinect and your kids: what works, what won’t – When I first unpacked the Kinect, the new controller-free motion-capture system for Xbox 360, I thought how awesome it would be to play with my daughter. She’s 2 1/2 (going on 14), so I figured Kinect Sports’ rudimentary bowling and ball kicking would be easy. And it was, when it worked. The sad fact was that though my kid was definitely ready for Kinect, Kinect wasn’t ready for her. [MSNBC]
Fighting bullying with babies - More important, we are beginning to understand how to nurture this biological potential. It seems that it’s not only possible to make people kinder, it’s possible to do it systematically at scale – at least with school children. That’s what one organization based in Toronto called Roots of Empathy has done. [The New York Times]
With love and fear, Alzheimer’s youngest caretakers watch over parents
One Saturday morning, Austin Mobley noticed his mother staring at him blankly.
“Who are you?” Tracy Mobley asked, he recalled.
“Mom, are you joking with me or what?”
“No,” she replied. She was adamant. “Who are you?”
It’s a gnawing fear that one fateful day, the memories of aging parents will fade and they won’t be able to recognize their own children. For Austin, it started early. He was 6. Austin is in an emerging generation of young caretakers of parents who have dementia. [CNN]
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Monday, November 8th, 2010
Many breast-fed babies lack Vitamin D - Although breast milk may be the best source of nutrition for babies it is low in Vitamin D. Newborn babies need 400 international units of Vitamin D a day, and can not get that from breast milk alone. Mothers who have breastfed should also give their child a Vitamin D droplet. This is a simple solution however, only five to thirteen percent of breastfed babies receive these supplements according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. [MSNBC]
Cute naked photos of tots pose dilemma for parents - It seems that the days when parents could take photos of their baby taking a bath are now over. They have the potential of getting arrested themselves for the exploitation of a minor if they post the nude shots online or in public. [MSNBC]
Kids get an eyeful of fast food marketing – According to researchers from Yale University’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity there has been a substantial increase in fast food adds bombarding child audiences, and it seems to be working. Forty percent of children ages 2 to 11 ask their parents to take them to McDonald’s at least once a week, and 15 percent of preschoolers ask to go every single day. [Washington Post]
Mental health visits rise as parent deploys – As multiple deployments become a norm there is a need to investigate their effects on military families as a whole. A new study, published in the Journal of Pediatrics including more than half a million children, released information suggesting that it is harder on their psyche than anticipated. Visits for mental health concerns, like anxiety and acting out at school, were the only kind to increase during deployment; complaints for all physical problems declined, the study found. [The New York Times]
In efforts to end bullying, some see agenda – Angry parents and religious critics agree that schoolyard harassment should be stopped, but are charging liberals and gay rights groups as using the anti-bullying banner to pursue a hidden “homosexual agenda.” [The New York Times]
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Monday, October 25th, 2010
Since 2002, Nestlé — the world’s largest food company and not-so-coincidental manufacturer of Gerber products — has led studies in infant-feeding practices. The goal of this research? To find out if we’re feeding our infants, babies, and toddlers the stuff they need to grow and develop into healthy kids.
Well, the latest results are in, and although things are looking up for infants (“33% of mothers are breastfeeding nine- to 11-month-old children compared to 21% in 2002”), it appears that many of our toddlers are still eating junk food a little too often. The Atlantic listed these surprising statistics:
- One-third of toddlers and 50% of preschoolers eat fast food at least once a week.
- One-quarter of families eat dinner together four or fewer nights each week.
- 25% of older infants, toddlers, and preschoolers do not eat even one serving of fruit on a given day, and 30% do not eat a single serving of vegetables.
- French fries are still the most popular vegetable among toddlers and preschoolers.
We want to know – what do you think about these findings? Are you okay with feeding your kids junk, or do you always put the food pyramid first? Share your thoughts and advice for healthy eating in the comments!
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Friday, January 29th, 2010
One in ten pregnant women use herbal products—and little is known about their risk, according to a new study. Reuters
Taking common antidepressants may cause delayed lactation in breastfeeding moms, finds a new study. Health Day
Figuring out food allergies: Your kid may not be allergic to all the foods he’s been told to avoid. Wall Street Journal
Dangerous play: “The choking game” is surprisingly common. New York Times
When given nutritional information, parents slash 100 calories from their children’s fast food meals, finds new research. Portfolio.com
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