Water is a low cost, no calorie drink that doesn’t have any negative effects on health or weight gain. Drinking sugar sweetened beverages, on the other hand, is known to contribute to weight gain in children. So it makes sense to encourage swapping some of these sweet beverages for water. Providing water at school would … Read More

GI problems that result in diarrhea and mild dehydration are common in babies and toddlers. Traditional treatment recommends offering pediatric electrolyte solutions. Dr. Stephen Freedman from the University of Calgary, Canada challenged this conventional treatment by recommending diluted apple juice followed by any fluid the child preferred instead of the standard electrolyte replacement drink. He followed … Read More

Feeding your baby in the first year will involve three overlapping stages of development. All babies develop at their own rate. Your baby may begin or end each stage a little ahead or a little behind the norm. That’s fine. Just know that the first year is roughly divided into three stages. The Nursing Stage: … Read More

Kindergarteners and first-graders who watched as little as one hour of TV a day were more likely to be overweight. A study of over 11,100 kindergarteners showed that most kids averaged 3.3 hours of TV a day. Think about that. This is the average, meaning 50% of the children watched more than 3 hours of TV … Read More

Instead of classifying foods as good-for-you and bad-for-you, parents would be wiser to categorize food by portion size. Eat smaller amounts of candy and ice cream. Offer a chocolate candy kiss instead of a chocolate bar. Serve a half-cup of ice cream instead of a soup bowlful. Buy 100-calorie packages of cookies instead of opening … Read More

Women who have adequate folic acid before conception can reduce the possibility of NTDs by as much as 70%. Did you know eating cereal for breakfast is a simple healthy choice you can make to have a healthy baby? Fortified, ready-to-eat cereals are a major source of folic acid (a B vitamin). Since 1998, in … Read More

Eat together at least a few times a week. Family meals are becoming extinct. Moms are buying and stocking the kitchen with grab-and-go, 24/7 food choices that fit the family’s preferences and schedules. This is too bad because family meals shape more than food habits. Eat together. It is more important than you think. Make … Read More

Adults typically eat over 90% of the food that they serve themselves, but children only eat 60%. More than a third of what kids take goes uneaten. Why? There are a number of reasons. One, kids when unprompted stop eating when they are full. Second, elementary school-aged kids are still in an exploratory stage with … Read More

If your child brings lunch to school here are a few things to consider. How long is it from the start of school till lunchtime? Without refrigeration, 2 hours is the maximum before food starts to spoils, especially lunch meats and milk. Where is your child’s lunch stored in the classroom? Few classrooms have refrigerators. … Read More

Brian Wansink, a researcher at the Cornell Food & Brand Lab, recently showed that when adults serve themselves food, 92% routinely eat everything on their plate, regardless of the portion size. Interestingly, only 59% of children clean their plate when they serve themselves. What does this tell us? Kids instinctively stop eating when they are full … Read More