Chocolate Cherry Avocado Muffins Recipe

February is American Heart Month. Heart disease is still the leading cause of death among men and women in the U.S. It is also a disease where diet can play a large role. It is never too early to start thinking about heart-healthy foods. In fact, it is better to get children off on the right path by including those foods regularly so that it becomes habit. As a dietitian, I like to focus on the foods that you can…

Are Organic Foods Better for You?

Organic food is a controversial subject that brings up many emotions, particularly when it comes to feeding children. There is a “halo effect” around organic foods: people automatically assume if something is organic, it is inherently healthier. But is that really the case? The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently conducted an extensive review of the research to answer this question, with some surprising findings. Organic Dairy vs. Conventional Dairy The AAP found that organic and conventional dairy products are…

Helping Children Ages 3-5 Find Calm

Strong emotions can be like a tidal wave that engulfs and overwhelms children…and often everyone around them.  Here are a few pointers on how to help children learn how to express and regulate emotion at an early age and how to find their way to calm. 1. Keep a cool head. Take an honest peek at your own natural, human reactions and practice on a regular basis soothing yourself and finding your own calm first. 2. An ounce of prevention…

Limiting the Spread of Germs in Child Care

Perhaps because of my dual roles as both a pediatrician and the owner of a child care center, I find myself asked about the unwanted sharing of germs and how best to limit the spread of infection more than just about any other aspect of child care. I fully understand this parental concern, since having a sick child has such a predictably large impact on both children and parents alike. That said, I determined long ago that none of us…

7 Tips for Enjoying Holiday Meals with Your Infant

This holiday season will be my daughter’s first. She turns 1 year old in January. While she is eating a wide variety of foods and textures, she isn’t quite to the point of eating everything we do. For our holiday celebrations I will have to make some modifications so that she can enjoy our traditional foods and feel involved while still eating appropriately for her age. She is quite the headstrong little lady who wants to eat everything we eat…

3 Ways to Tailgate the Child-Friendly Way

Football season is in full swing. Tailgating is as much an event as the game itself – whether you are there in person or having people over to your house to watch. Children can take part in the festivities and with a little bit of planning, can add to the game-day fun while still keeping with your family’s health goals. Here are three tips to tailgate the child-friendly way:Get moving! Tailgating is the perfect time to encourage family physical activity…

Tooth-Friendly Tips & Tricks

So here we are – the month after what we all know to be one of the year’s most celebrated candy holidays. While Halloween has admittedly always been one of my favorites – first as a child and then as a parent – it is hard to sugar coat the fact that all of the celebratory treats inevitably bestowed upon our children this time of year have the very real potential to stand in the way of insuring they have…

Building Blocks: Introducing Solids to Baby

For parents, introducing food to your baby is an exciting and thrilling time. It can also be nerve-wracking and full of self-doubt: Am I doing it correctly? Will I taint my child’s taste buds with my own eating likes and dislikes? How do I know what to do and when? These are all understandable questions. The American Academy of Pediatrics has recently updated their recommendations on  the transition to solid foods. Traditionally, it has been recommended to start with a…

Transitioning from Crib to Bed

Transitioning your child from crib to bed is a big occasion for both parent and child – it marks an important milestone in your child’s emerging independence. It’s helpful to remember that timing is everything and making sure your child is ready is key. Children will be ready for this transition at different ages so you’ll need to know what to watch for to help you gauge when the time is right. Be attentive to your child’s verbal and non-verbal…
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