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Healthy Eating Strategies for Toddlers

Your baby's not a baby anymore so the days of spoon feeding and bottles are over. Now it's a potential melt down, battle or stand-off at each meal time. How can you get healthy foods into your toddler without the histrionics? 1....

Prevent Childhood Obesity in the Toddler Years

Childhood obesity is a growing problem in the U.S. Statistically, one in three kids is overweight or obese. This is three times as much as the average in 1963. How can you as a parent prevent this from happening to your toddler? S...

12 Ways to Increase Your Toddler's Fitness

Every toddler needs plenty of physical activity. Any parent knows a toddler is a natural perpetual motion machine but what counts as actual exercise for a toddler? And how much is enough when it comes to exercise with the smaller...

Could it Be Strep Throat?

Your toddler has been sneezing, has a little cough and reports his neck hurts. Or your daughter has been running a fever yet refuses to eat or drink. How do you know when it's a cold virus responsible for your child's illness or s...

Toddler Nutrition: Is Your Child Eating Enough?

Toddlers are notoriously picky eaters. Worse yet, one week they may eat everything on a plate and the next they may turn up their noses at all but crackers with cheese. Or potatoes with gravy. Or strawberry yogurt. Your child's...

Food Allergies in Toddlers & Children

A food allergy is caused by a reaction in your immune system to a protein in food. This allergic reaction can be mild or even threatening. Food allergies affect 4 out of every 100 American children, but the Centers for Disease Con...

Healthy Eating is not a Discipline Issue

Children are born with an intact instinct to survive, which includes eating foods that will healthfully sustain their bodies. Unfortunately in our attempts to nourish our children, we become disciplinarians. This will simply not...

Back Up Your Toddler's Diet With Vitamins

You know that it is wise to back up your computer's hard drive; I recommend backing up your toddler's food drive with a daily multivitamin/mineral supplement. This simple habit could improve your child's health and even intellig...

Quick and Easy Snacks For Your Toddler

Your growing toddler needs to snack quite a few times a day in addition to eating regular meals with the rest of the family. Here are a few quick and easy snack ideas that you can put together in just a few minutes. You toddler wi...

Q&A: Eating Ice - Is it a sign?

Q: My 5 year old son constantly eats ice. I have heard that this is a sign of a Iron deficiency. Is this true? A: Eating of non-nutritive substances like dirt, hair and ice may be associated with iron deficiency anemia or eve...

Q&A Juice at Bedtime?

Q: Is it bad to give your child a sippy cup of milk in bed before bedtime or in the middle of the night? I have heard it is, but am not sure why. A: Milk or juice before bedtime can cause problems with the teeth. Milk, juice...

When Your Toddler Refuses to Eat

What do you do when your child won't eat? Many parents today are facing this issue more so than you would think. Toddlers, especially, assert their independence by becoming a picky eater sometimes. No need to panic if your...

The Top 10 Tips for Supporting Your Toddler's Emotional Development

1. Label the emotions that your child may be feeling when they go through experiences that could stimulate emotions. For example, if they slip you can say, "That was scary," and when they look angry you can say, "You're feeling...

Is your child developing the same way as his or her peers (play friends)?

A good friend, a first time mom, raised an interesting point. Parents, when comparing children, often see one child being able to do something that their own child (of a similar age) cannot do. This natural method of comparison s...

How can I get my 16 month old daughter to eat meat and veggies?

Q How can I get my 16 month old daughter to eat meat and veggies? She LOVES pasta of any kind. But WILL not eat meat. She will eat seafood and steak, but not chicken, pork chops, hamburger, cube steak. Once in a while she will eat...

Q&A: What are the Signs of Iron Deficiency in Toddlers?

Q What are the signs of a toddler being iron deficient? I told my sister that my 19 month old daughter had a bunch of little bruises on her legs and she gets sick alot. She suggested that it might be iron deficiency since she doe...

Q&A: My son hates brushing his teeth

Q My son is 22 months old. Lately he won't brush his teeth. I can do it for him but he puts up an awlful fight, and then I hate to do it. What do you suggest? A I would try to let him take a turn and then you need to take a turn...

Q&A: Why is my 1 1/2 year old touching herself?

Q My 1 1/2 year old daughter recently started touching herself and straddling her legs on me and bouncing up and down. My husband and I have never had sex in front of her, but I have suspicions that my brother may have touched h...

Helping Your Teen Deal With Grief

Recently, a close friend died very unexpectedly. Linda was in good health, a very vivacious woman: full of life. In one fell-swoop she went to the hospital with chest pains and within a week she was dead. She was found to have a...

My Seven Year Old Won't Eat!

I can still remember when my son, now 7 years old, was about 1 1/2 years old. Every night at dinner time, he would not eat nothing unless it was either yogurt, cottage cheese, or any other milk product snack. He would even fall as...

School's in session -- and so are lice!

It seems like school and lice go hand in hand. My own children have been back at school for only a very short time, and there has already been a couple outbreaks of lice. I am thankful that my children have never had lice, but I...

Symptoms of Depression in Children

Persistent sadness and/or irritability. Low self-esteem or feelings or worthlessness. A child may make such statements as, "I'm bad. I'm stupid. No one likes me."Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities. Change in appe...

Children and Depression

Introduction A few years ago, my mother unearthed some pictures of me as a baby which I had never seen before. One showed me at about eight months old, crawling on the grass of Golden Gate Park. I was looking directly at the c...

Disability Awareness for 5 Year Olds

As a parent we all want our children to feel included & successful at school. As a parent of a child with special needs this is an especially sensitive area. It's easy to feel like once our kids reach school age, that there is lit...

What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?

What is Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder? To put it simply, the label of "attention deficit hyperactive disorder" is used to describe neurological / developmental disorder, characterized by recurrent difficulties attendi...

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