Bedtime snacks help kids sleep
May10

Bedtime snacks help kids sleep

If dinner is at 5:30 p.m. it makes perfect sense that your child will be hungry again at 8:30 pm. So, go ahead and give them a bedtime snack. They aren’t necessarily trying to postpone sleep; they might just need some calories to get them through the night. Toddlers who wake up with the sun may have a circadian rhythm that tells them to get up very early (and apparently tells them to wake everyone else!) But these kiddos might wake up...

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The bright side of dark chocolate
Feb12

The bright side of dark chocolate

Looking for the perfect Valentine’s gift or Easter surprise? Introduce your kids to the taste of dark chocolate and you’ll improve their health for eternity. Dark chocolate has many beneficial health effects on adults including improved cardiovascular health, cholesterol, insulin levels, and it even improves mood. Few studies have looked at these effects on children. However since it is scientifically proven that children grow up to...

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Psych! You’re eating healthy
Sep16

Psych! You’re eating healthy

How do you get kids to eat healthy?  You have to teach kids to choose healthy foods. Humans come pre-programmed to like sweets and to reject plant-based foods. But kids’ palates really are surprisingly malleable. Here’s how you can raise a healthy eater. Kids start developing their tastes early in life; breast milk changes flavor between feedings and educates the palate. But formula-fed babies seem to transition just fine to the...

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Are multivitamins necessary?
Sep11

Are multivitamins necessary?

Is your child a picky eater, vegetarian or only eats white foods? Then you’ve wondered what their diet is missing. Children have a natural instinct to eat just the right amount of calories to grow. Unfortunately, they don’t automatically choose a well-balanced diet. It seems natural to try to fill the gaps in a picky toddler’s diet. Although multivitamins provide B vitamins, vitamin C, zinc and many other nutrients, all of these are...

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Breastfeeding moms can drink responsibly
Nov13

Breastfeeding moms can drink responsibly

As any irrational, sleep-deprived new mother would reason, I imagined that any alcohol I drank while breastfeeding accumulated in my breasts and stayed there like a storage vessel. Images of my drunken baby emerged in my mind’s eye and then I would rush to pump and dump…then feel guilty. But the truth is that your body metabolizes the alcohol in breast milk just as it metabolizes the alcohol in the rest of your body. The alcohol...

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A sensible start on solid foods: Are the allergy and obesity risks real?
Oct15

A sensible start on solid foods: Are the allergy and obesity risks real?

I recently had a patient who choked on a piece of taco. She’s fine from the taco-incident. More concerning is that she was 2 months old. Yup, somebody actually gave their 2 month-old a taco ON PURPOSE. I still don’t know why. But if you’re wondering when to start your infant on solid foods and you’ve been reading the Internet to find the answer – I’m sure you are confused too. Websites are filled with conflicting information,...

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