The secret to getting your kids to eat better
Sep20

The secret to getting your kids to eat better

Kids’ sense of taste is pre-programmed from birth to like sweets and to reject plant-based foods. However, their palates really are surprisingly malleable. The secret to raising a healthy eater is simple: you have to teach kids to choose healthy foods. Here are a few tips: Limit foods you don’t want them to like Kids start developing their tastes very early in life. When a baby starts eating solid foods, you’ll notice that...

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To vaccinate for flu or not?
Oct01

To vaccinate for flu or not?

You can get sick with the flu even if you are vaccinated, so why bother getting the vaccine? It’s true that the flu vaccine does not completely prevent influenza. In 2013-14 it prevented illness in 61% of people who were vaccinated. So if you are already a little nervous about giving your child yet another vaccine, knowing this fact might make you forego the vaccine altogether. But there is no reason not to get the flu vaccine...

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Why does fever cause a fast heart beat and rapid breathing?
Sep23

Why does fever cause a fast heart beat and rapid breathing?

Have you freaked out about a high fever and fast breathing or rapid heart rate only to find a dose of Tylenol turns a floppy mess of a toddler back into her usual playful self? You check on your little darling and find she is burning up with fever, breathing really fast and looks simply terrible. If you haven’t rushed off to see a doctor under such circumstances, the thought certainly has crossed your mind. Usually sometime around...

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You ate what?!  How to handle household poisonings
May22

You ate what?! How to handle household poisonings

I generally don’t put non-food substances in my mouth. But young kids exploring this new world might eat deodorant, nail polish remover, grandma’s pills, or hand sanitizer just in case they might be delicious. How worried should you be?  Children are at higher risk for accidental poisoning than adults are. Kids are particularly sensitive to overdose from even small doses of toxins simply because they are smaller. In order for Tylenol...

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