February 21, 2013

How to help your overweight child

Learn how to help your overweight child get on the road to healthy eating habits and healthy weight loss. If your child is overweight or obese, it is your responsibility as a parent to address this issue. Do not take childhood obesity lightly. Overweight children are at risk for diabetes, heart disease, and a host of other medical conditions.

Here are 3 great ways to help your overweight child. Click “overweight child” to read the article.



How to keep your child healthy

Most parents are so concerned about their child’s health, that they run to the doctor following the first sneeze or sniffle. Unfortunately, this may not be the best way to keep your healthy. Sometimes, too much of what seems to be a good thing could actually be worse than taking no action at all.

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Child-proof your home

Keeping your children safe is just as important as keeping them healthy. It is never too soon to child-proof your home. The minute you find out that you are having a baby or adopting a young child is the perfect time to start making sure your home is safe. Here are a few ways to child-proof.

Cover electrical outlets. Put outlet covers on all outlets that are not in use. Some outlet covers do not provide enough protection and may need to be secured with tape. Strategically place furniture in front of outlets that have cords plugged in to hide them from your child's view. You can also find outlet cord protectors that prevent young children from pulling cords out of the sockets. It is equally important to keep metal objects like keys and eating utensils out of your toddler's reach so that he or she does not try to stick them into an electrical outlet.

Eliminate choking hazards. Young children have a habit of putting just about everything into their mouths. Everything small enough to fit into a child's mouth is a potential choking hazard. Avoid giving your child toys that contain small pieces. Likewise, always cut food into very tiny pieces to prevent choking. Do not give your child grapes, strawberries, or other small round foods without first cutting them in half.

Secure door locks. Toddlers are known to wander out of the house while parents are sleeping. Make sure your toddler cannot unlock the doors to your home. Install hook or chain locks on doors to keep your child slipping outside. Door chimes or alarms will also alert you if your child opens a door leading outside.

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January 24, 2013

Child Asthma and Cigarette Smoke

Child asthma drops after smoke ban. According to new reports, asthma in children is definitely linked to smoking. Research has indicated that following smoke-free laws, the rate of child asthma has dropped.

Smoke-free laws generally prohibit smoking in enclosed public place like restaurants and businesses. Researchers in England found that the rate of children admitted to hospitals for asthma attacks fell by more than 12% within the first year of the smoke ban.

Smoke-free areas already exist in the United States. Smoke-free laws help shield babies and children from the negative health affects associated with cigarette smoking. Second-hand smoke is dangerous, especially for young children. 

Parents who smoke should avoid smoking in the car with the windows closed when their children are passengers in the car. Likewise, smoking inside the home puts babies, children and non-smokers at risk for asthma and other health problems.

Dr. Oz offers advice on how to quit smoking at: “Stop Smoking”.