Healthy Kids

Healthy Kids

The phrase “going green” has often been thought of, and often is, about using environmentally sustainable products and having a low carbon footprint. It’s a hippy-dippy thing, right? Wrong. Being green is more than that. For me it is about my family, specifically my toddler. I do NOT hug trees.…
A new treatment may be a safe and effective form of immunotherapy for children with peanut allergy, according to researchers at Duke University Medical Center and Massachusetts General Hospital. Currently, there are no treatments available for people with peanut allergy. The double-blind, placebo-controlled study, funded in part by NCCAM and…
Today we are pretty comfortable knowing that a child’s success is based off of good health and education. That seems like something we could all agree on, right? Right. Yet we see disturbing trends in child obesity still on the upswing. This is particularly disturbing because obesity and lethargy go…
As a huge natural living fan, I tend to take a more holistic approach when it comes to parenting and naturally this includes colic and baby-soothing solutions. Through my learning process, I’ve realized that I have made some mistakes. I made them because I didn’t know better. That’s what happens…
One of the current strategies for working with children classified as ADD or Attention Deficit Disorder is to give them more physical activity. The research shows that kids with ADD have smaller frontal lobes of the brain and thus they tend to struggle with focus and lean toward being more…
Well-meaning parents or grandparents often tell children not to do something with the warning that a serious health implication could result. Kids often take their elders at their word. But some of these warnings bear more truth than others. Here’s the scoop on some of the more common misconceptions. Myth:…
The holidays are upon us and Christmas is almost near. Even though we should be celebrating the reason for the season, many of us forget that and drop into the endless lists of what needs to be bought and done. And during this magical time of wonder and merriment, the…
Despite the many messages from all corners promoting a "more is better" philosophy when it comes to holiday gifts, the truth is far more complex — especially for children. While most parents work hard to give their kids everything they need and much of what they want, it is often…
Another year has gone by and your child wants a birthday party. If you're like us, you've had a party for your kids every year. At first it was more of a get together with our friends because our boys were too young to even know what was happening. Now…
The holidays are fast approaching and it is time for us to start reflecting on the many things that we are thankful for. At different points in your life it seems that your reasons for being thankful start to change. When you are younger you are so thankful that school…
The following is a quick quiz to see if your child has a chance to be a champion. It's written regardless of age, but it focuses on children before high school. Record your "yes" answers. 1. Do you believe your child could be a champion? 2. Do you find yourself…
From the moment a child is conceived they start to learn about themselves and their surroundings. This is witnessed through babies being able to hear sounds in the womb and start to differentiate between light and dark, to after being born they use their crying mechanism to say when they…
Recently I read about a town in Australia that actually implemented laws that govern parent behavior at sporting events. Stepping out of line is punishable by banishment from the play area, and/or fines. My first thought was: "Really? Is that necessary?" Then, after reflecting on our own American sports parents,…
From the moment you first become a parent, by birth or adoption, you become your child's first and best advocate. When you become your child's advocate it is up to you to make the hard decisions on what is best for your child. Every day you are bombarded with differing…
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