Author: Texas Children's Hospital

Put your best fork forward with fruits and vegetables

Originally posted here by Heather Garza, clinical dietitian at Texas Children’s Hospital Put your best fork forward this National Nutrition Month by exploring a variety of fruits and vegetables with your family! Surprisingly, about 90 percent of Americans do not eat enough fruits and vegetables. Let’s work together to improve that statistic and start benefiting from the most colorful foods on our plate. Reasons to eat fruits and vegetables: Fruits and vegetables have many health benefits and are an important part of a healthy, balanced diet. They are filled with lots of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals which keep the...

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How much is too much physical activities for kids?

Originally posted here by Dr. Jorge Gomez, Sports Medicine Specialist – West Campus at Texas Children’s Hospital In the last 30 years, obesity has doubled in children and nearly quadrupled in adolescents, with the U.S. having the highest rate in the world. Physical activity is essential for a child’s cardiovascular endurance, strength and bone health. As a result, parents are curious as to how much is too much when it comes to physical activities for their kids. Exercise: Know when to encourage and when to stop Many child fitness experts as well as The Center for Disease Control (CDC)...

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Put your best fork forward and choose whole grains

Originally posted here by Kristina Thone, clinical dietitian at Texas Children’s Hospital Set a good example for your children by eating whole grains with meals or as snacks. Grains have three components and they make up the entire seed of a plant. Whole grains are the best choice for your family because they are rich in fiber – which aides in digestion, contain many vitamins and minerals, as well as small amounts of protein. In comparison, a refined grain is processed to remove two of the three components which eliminates most of the health benefits. Although many products now...

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What are the 3 components of a well-child check?

Originally posted here by Dr. Michael Chapman, Texas Children’s Pediatrics – Pediatric Medical Group Most parents turn to a pediatrician when their child is sick, but it’s important not to overlook scheduling regular well-child check appointments for your little one as they are essential to helping keep your child healthy. Well checks for children are recommended from birth until 18 to 21 years of age. Pediatricians give age-appropriate anticipatory guidance during a check-up. There are also three main components your pediatrician assesses during a well-child check: development, growth and screenings/vaccines. Development Your pediatrician will monitor your child’s development by...

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Introducing peanuts to infants

Originally posted here by Dr. Sara Anvari, assistant professor of pediatrics – immunology, allergy and rheumatology clinic at Texas Children’s Hospital The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends parents introduce allergenic and non-allergenic foods – including peanuts – starting around 4-6 months of age, in infants without a history of an allergic disorder, such as eczema or food allergies. This recommendation was made based on the increasing prevalence of food allergies and the evidence suggesting that earlier rather than delayed introduction could potentially help prevent the development of food allergies. Recent guidelines by the National Institute of Health strongly...

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