Tag: Child Health

healthy child snackAs most parents know, the first thing that children usually want right when they get home from school is a snack. Of course, many of them will gravitate to cookies, chips and such unhealthy treats. Yet, do they realize that healthy foods can be yummy too? Here are five snack examples that you can use to help your child start eating healthier snacks after they get home from school:

Banana Bites

If you’re preparing these simple snacks right before children get home, then you can serve them either fresh or frozen. However, some children might prefer them frozen, so you should do a blend of the two. Dip banana slices in melted chocolate, sprinkling with shredded coconut before freezing.

Fruit Pizza

This is a snack that does have a sweet element. You will use sugar cookie dough as the base for each pizza. Slice a variety of fruits, putting them in bowls so that children can use the toppings that they like to make a pizza. Yogurt is used as the sauce. This is a fun idea for either mini pizzas or a large pizza for the entire family to enjoy as a healthy dessert.


A pita pocket, like those that come from Klosterman Baking Company, is basically flatbread that can be opened up and filled. It is basically a fun alternative to the sandwich and anything can go into it. With this, you can arrange a buffet on the counter with fruits, vegetables or meats so that your children can make their own pita when they get home. You could do bananas and peanut butter, fresh fruits and yogurt or pepperoni, sauce and cheese. The ideas are endless, and the pita is healthier than using bread for a sandwich.

Eggs & Toast

This isn’t the typical toast and eggs that you might think about. For this healthy treat, you’ll toast wheat bread with a bit of butter on one side after it’s done. Prepare deviled eggs, slicing them so that children can put the eggs on the top of the bread. You can also use cucumber slices underneath the eggs.

Frozen Yogurt Grapes

If children don’t have a lot of time to eat a snack in the afternoon, then this is a good treat to make. Dip grapes in a favorite yogurt flavor. Freeze the grapes, which will make it easy for children to eat them while in the car or while doing homework as the grapes won’t make a mess.

Snacks after school don’t have to be full of calories and sugar. You can prepare several healthy snacks that will give children the energy that they need to get through the rest of the day. The snacks can also make it a little easier to settle in for the evening since there isn’t a high amount of sugar.

Next Steps

If you really want to improve your child’s health take this great survey from the University of California and find out what goals you need to achieve to improve your kid’s long term health.

About the author

Hannah Whittenly is a freelance writer and mother of two from Sacramento, CA. She graduated from the University of California-Sacramento with a degree in Journalism.

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kids with braces

Kids usually start wearing braces at the age of twelve, when primary teeth are gone and molars are at least partially erupted. For a kid, especially a teenager, getting braces can often seem as the end of the world. At this gentle age, kids usually think more about their looks than their health.

1. Reassure your child

First of all, you should reassure them that it’s not the end of their life. The braces are not as they used to be, not a big metal contraption in child’s mouth. It doesn’t cause pain and humiliation. The physical pain is controllable and it only lasts for the first two adjustments and it can be eased with painkillers. But there is psychological pain which you have to help your child overcome. Especially if your child plays an instrument or participates in sports, you should inform the orthodontist about it to check for the available options.

2. Preparation for braces

Before your child starts wearing braces, you should prepare her/him by talking about it. It is difficult at any age to predict how the kid will react. Some younger children may accept it better than teenagers. For younger children wearing braces can be a more underlying health issue, such as underbite, so they have to understand the benefit of the braces. On the other hand, a teenager, especially if she/he is starting a new school, can be quite a handful. Maybe you can try with their favorite magazines, where they can see their idols wearing braces. Also, if you didn’t wear them as a child, you can start now and be a partner to your kid through this survival challenge.

3. Build relationships with orthodontist

help kids prepare for braces

The most important thing is that your kid has a complete trust in hers/his orthodontist. When you go for the first time to the doctor’s office, it’s not likely that your kid will exit the office with braces.  Getting to know what kind of braces there are is a good way to start a process and it is highly recommended by orthodontics from Sydney. The number of kids wearing braces in Sydney increased in recent years and this came up as the best solution. Once you met the orthodontist and you have chosen the braces, the process can start.

4. Create oral hygiene kit

From the moment your kid gets hers/his braces, you should prepare a kit with toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, and wax. They should carry it all the time. It is important to brush their teeth three to five times a day.

5. Watch for the hooks

If the braces have hooks be sure that your kid wears the rubber bands all the time, they prevent hooks from digging into their cheeks.  If, by any chance, one of the wires brakes, take your child to the orthodontist as soon as possible.

6. Braces friendly food

Always prepare “braces – friendly “food especially if you are packing them for school. Soft fruits, sandwiches, pasta salads are quite safe. Avoid any kind of food that can get such in the braces. Carrots, apples, peanut butter, popcorns, are not good for your kid. Also, try to avoid soft drinks because they can leave stains once braces are removed. At any given opportunity remind your child that she/he is not alone.

7. Bolster self-confidence

Up to 60 percent of kids wear braces nowadays. Encourage them to smile. Wearing braces, especially for highly sensitive kids can be devastating for their self-confidence. Always tell them how beautiful they are and how even more beautiful they will be in the future, once the much – hated contraption is off. Try to have some fun with the rubber bands. Change them so that they match the kid’s outfit.

8. Don’t skip check-ups

Never skip check-ups, if you do so bear in mind that if you do, your child will have to wear the braces longer. Follow ups are meant to adjust the braces and make sure that teeth are being set in the right direction. Check regularly for some dental issues that may occur such as demineralization, gingivitis, sensitivity, plaque, tartar or bad breath. If you notice any of these problems in your child’s mouth visit the orthodontist immediately.

The next step

So, you and your kid made it and its time to take the braces off. But you are not quite finished yet. There is some more advice to follow-up, before you take the kid for whitening or bleaching the teeth. Don’t let her/him immediately eat the crunchy and chewy food. And, again, make the child smile. Always.

About the Author

A regular contributor, Peter is a lifestyle a writer for HighStyleLife magazine located in Brisbane, Australia. A graduate from the Australian Institute of Creative Design, he works as a freelance writer .

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teething signs

Here’s some advice from our friendly neighborhood nurse on signs that your baby is about to start teething.

Drooling, irritable, rubbing the face: all textbook symptoms of what? Mommy and Daddy the morning after the Steve Winwood concert? No, reader. These are a few of the symptoms that your baby is teething. What may seem like common fussiness or displeasure, may, in fact, be indicators that your little one’s incisors are about to make their grand entrance. The joys of parenting are indeed infinite, but if we learn to keep an eye out for a few visual signs from baby, we’ll be able to better care his incoming primary teeth.

Ask your friendly neighborhood CNA what to watch for, and they’ll tell you what they learned through diligent commitment to coursework. They’ll relay that a teething baby is one who: drools excessively; pushes food away; is more irritable than usual; has difficulty sleeping; rubs his face, and attempts to bite and chew everything he touches.

Until baby learns to speak, here’s what the experts at WebMD suggest to watch for, as “Primary teeth usually erupt in a certain order:

  1. The two bottom front teeth (central incisors)
  2. The four upper front teeth (central and lateral incisors)
  3. The two lower lateral incisors
  4. The first molars
  5. The four canines (located on either side next to the upper and lower lateral incisors)
  6. The remaining molars on either side of the existing line of teeth”

As these lower incisors ascend within the bottom gum, we see the tough, pink encasement begin to swell. The area’s candied hue gives way to a translucent white bulb. These nubby white mounds may last for days.

Poorly slept nights pass while Mom & Dad nearly forget what six straight hours of slumber feel like. They speculate and wager on when his teeth will “cut the gum”. They begin to question the natural laws of their own reality. Time bends. Space itself expands. The natural world caverns, collapsing in on itself and drawing all the nourishing sunlight into its vacuous, imploding center…

And then his tooth breaks through! And he sleeps through the night! And his appetite returns! And he doesn’t rub his face as much! Or drool so voluminously!

Order is restored to the home. The Mommy and the Daddy look and feel better. Baby feels better. His tiny, adorable baby bottom incisors are gleaming bright. He’s feeling stronger, and more confident about his meal choices. All is well.

Until his top lateral incisor begins to swell…

About the author

Evan Halloran has been an article contributor for the past half-decade. A transplant from New England, to sunny South FL.


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6 Tips to Help You Care For a Child With Allergies

As a parent, you know what a nuisance child allergies can be. In some cases, they can actually be life-threatening. Regardless, you have to take precautions, educate yourself, and be prepared in the event that your child is exposed to allergens. Whether you are dealing with seasonal allergies, allergies that involve foods, reactions to chemicals, or allergies that involve animals and insects, you must always have your guard up. Consider 6 tips to help you care for a child with allergies in order to keep the child safe and as comfortable as possible.

1. Read labels

Be aware of allergens that affect your child and always read the labels on products and food. If your child does have an allergy, inform other caretakers, school officials, and family members as well. By doing this you can help prevent unnecessary health problems from occurring. It is definitely always better to be safe than sorry.

2. Remove allergens from your home

You can’t protect your child from allergens everywhere you go, but you can eliminate the problems in your home. Be conscious about products in your home that could contain irritants. Refrain from having pets if this is a problem. Use air purifiers and air conditioning to maintain good air quality in your living space.

3. Always be prepared

Have medication on hand in the event that your child is exposed to an allergen. If your child has a life-threatening allergy, you should have medication sent to school, friends’ homes, and anywhere your child goes in case of an emergency. Once your child is old enough, educate your child about how to recognize the symptoms of a reaction and how to use medication. In some cases, your child can wear a wristband or necklace that will identify them as an allergy sufferer to medical staff.

4. Visit an allergist

The most important thing you need to do if you suspect your child has allergies is to see an allergist such as those at Oak Brook Allergists. Allergists are specifically trained to deal with the myriad of allergies that affect adults and children. Not only will your child be carefully evaluated, but proper testing procedures will be used in order to pinpoint the source of your child’s allergic reactions. You will also be given prescriptions to avoid reactions or treat reactions when they occur in order to minimize the symptoms and guidance on lifestyle changes which can help prevent an allergic reaction.

5. Get support from others

Don’t suffer in silence, if you have a concern, turn to your physician, allergist, and online resources to provide you with support as you deal with your child’s allergies. This can really help make your child feel more safe and comfortable no matter where they are. It also allows them to get the proper help and assistance that they need.

6. Make your child as comfortable as possible

In the event that your child is exposed to allergens, rapid treatment and care will be helpful in relieving symptoms. Your loving presence will help your child to deal with the effects of allergic reactions.

Allergies pose a challenge, especially for children. When you are informed and have a team working with you, you will be able to ensure your child’s well-being. The greatest line of defense is to be educated and prepared.

About the author

Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from West Jordan, Utah. She graduated from the University of Utah and enjoys writing and spending time with her dog, Max.


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Tips for getting kids to brush their teeth

Getting your little ones to clean their teeth is a task that’s easier said than done. Trying to reason with a small tyrant who doesn’t want to brush their teeth can be taxing for anyone and few children will regularly brush of their own accord. Strangely, most kids don’t understand the importance of preventing plaque buildup and acid erosion! But that’s where you, the parent, come in.

The UK’s NHS recommends that brushing begins twice a day as soon as a single milk tooth comes through, usually at around the 6 months mark. So how can you get your reluctant brusher to become more enthusiastic and instill a lifetime of good dental habits? Here are a few tips to keep in mind for keeping those pearly whites pearly white!

Start early

Before brushing even comes into play, tooth cleaning is still an option. A baby’s first teeth can be wiped with a soft cloth, making the toddler transition into brushing much easier, because they will already be used to the experience.

Brush together

Children love to imitate adults, so if you’re brushing your teeth, your child will often want to copy you. Model the behaviour that you want them to emulate, and brush together day and night.

Use a fun toothbrush/toothpaste combo

smurf-139993_640Toothbrushes come in so many colors and patterns, and covered in the faces of favorite characters, it shouldn’t be too hard to find one that strikes the fancy of the little ones in your house. Kids’ toothpaste is often sweeter and more appealing than the adult versions as well – just make sure that your choice has the proper amount of fluoride in it.

Make brushing routine

If brushing is a part of their morning and night time routine – just like bath time, putting on pajamas, and story time – then children will soon realize that tooth brushing is a part of the normal routine, and there is no getting out of it!

Sing and dance

Make it fun! A singalong turns tooth brushing into a game and not a chore to be done. There are lots of tooth brushing games and apps available for download now as well, which should give you something to choose from that will ensure your kids brush properly and for long enough. Two minutes in total is the recommended minimum.

Enlist assistance

Sometimes kids are more likely to take on knowledge if it isn’t coming from mom and dad. Thank goodness for YouTube! There are loads of videos with cute cartoon characters (and even Elmo) happy to share with your little one the importance of proper dental hygiene. Don’t be afraid to use them.

If all else fails…

Do it yourself! Children are heavy sleepers and teeth need cleaning no matter what, so when your little one is sleeping deeply, give their teeth a gentle brush to get rid of most of the buildup.

If you have tips of your own, please share them with us in the comments below.

Author bio

Ashley Sheets is a writer and editor covering holistic health and dental hygiene for London Lingual Orthodontic Clinic. She also loves to write about sustainable living and ethical business.


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