September 26, 2017

Category Archives: Healthy kids

The Autism Dot

The Autism Dot

Anyone not up to date on the wide-ranging microbiome discussion is invited to catch up by revisiting “Connecting the Universe of Dots” and “The Microbiome — More Dots to Connect.” The photo on this page is a reminder of how the ancients sought patterns in the skyful of stars. The basic theory of the microbiome is, the bacteria that make their home inside of us probably do a lot more than is suspected by even their most enthusiastic proponents. We have been looking at their relationship to allergies and addiction. What other kinds of mischief can the gut bacteria …Continue Reading

The Antibiotic Dot

The Antibiotic Dot

In the past, Childhood Obesity News posted a general overview of the research about antibiotics, babies and obesity, and took a closer look at a five-way link between antibiotics, premature births, ototoxicity (or hearing loss), obesity, and epigenetics (the passing along of somatic liabilities to descendants). Well, let’s call that instead a six-way network of links, because, as it turns out, the microbiome adds itself to the mix and complicates the game of connect-the-dots. We may wish out colonies of interior bugs would chill out once in a while, but no. Everything about us is their business. One characteristic of the microbiome is stubbornness. Michael Pollan …Continue Reading

Introducing Lifetrack’s New Deaf & Hard of Hearing Role Model Program

Introducing Lifetrack’s New Deaf & Hard of Hearing Role Model Program

Lifetrack’s Mentoring/Role Model Programs Expand to Serve More Families!2016 is off to a great start for Lifetrack’s mentoring/role model programs serving families with children who are deaf or hard of hearing (D/HH). Using Wilder’s Research publication, Families With Young Children Who Are Deaf and Hard of Hearing: A Mentoring Needs Assessment as well as the Joint Committee on Infant Hearing (JCIH) Position Statement, the Deaf Mentor Family Program and the D/HH Role Model Program are applying recommendations and best-practices to expand program services to reach more families.Danelle Gournaris continues to lead the Deaf Mentor Family Program, which introduces families and their children who are D/HH to American Sign Language, Deaf culture, and a trained Deaf Mentor who…Continue Reading

Planting the Wondering Seed

Planting the Wondering Seed

Lifetrack preschool teacher, Kim Kokett, recently embarked on a volunteer effort to build a preschool in a rural part of Sierra Leone, Africa. Kim spent ten days training the local preschool teachers on early childhood education, child development and a trauma-informed approach. “That’s why I was really interested in getting involved—the intent was, it’s not just a preschool, it’s trauma-informed.” says Kim. Many people in Sierra Leone were left with trauma after the decade-long civil war ended in 2002. The war displaced thousands, spread violence and was known for the coercion of children into the war as child soldiers. Mental healthcare in Sierra Leone is virtually nonexistent, which has left many without resources to heal…Continue Reading

Exploring Sports with Your Children

Exploring Sports with Your Children

Everyone knows that children benefit physically from sports, but one of the over-looked benefits of playing sports is the life lessons. Team-based and individual sports can help kids develop a sense of confidence and improve their self-esteem. And you can help. We set the tone for their experiences. Consider the following when exploring sports with your children. Be a role model and coach Parents and coaches can make or break a kid’s love of sports. Kids observe how we demonstrate sportsmanship. Showing respect for the other team and officials, focusing on how well the team played rather than wins or losses, and shaking hands with…Continue Reading

Transition: Helping Teens Manage Their Health Care

Transition: Helping Teens Manage Their Health Care

I’m going to let you all in on a little secret: if you want to know what’s hot in the world of adolescent medicine, it’s transition. Seriously. Everyone is talking about it. There are whole conferences devoted to it. Journal articles written about it. Task forces formed to improve it. But somehow, despite all of the hype in the world of medical professionals, the conversation – not to mention the concept – has not always reached patients and families. You may even be wondering what the term “transition” means in this case… and you would not be the only one. I’ll tell you – in just a second. First, I’ll let you know that this is SUCH …Continue Reading

Transform Your Family’s Food Culture with this 4-Step Mindful Strategy

Transform Your Family’s Food Culture with this 4-Step Mindful Strategy

This is part of an ongoing series on moderation. It’s in preparation for my next book and includes expert interviews, the latest research and expert tips. Sign up for my updates to get these posts and subscriber discounts including FREE e-book offers. Have you ever thought about your family’s unique food culture? Does everyone enjoy eating a variety of foods? Are meals peaceful or a point of contention? Does everyone feel like they are getting enough to eat or is there lots of complaining and even negotiating? Is nutritional food scoffed at or embraced? I never really thought much about “family food…Continue Reading

3 Things Carb-Loving Children Wish Their Parents Knew

3 Things Carb-Loving Children Wish Their Parents Knew

This is part of an ongoing series on moderation. It’s in preparation for my next book and includes expert interviews, the latest research and expert tips. Sign up for my updates to get these posts and subscriber discounts including FREE e-book offers. You serve dinner with all the food groups and your kids first reach for the pasta, bread, rice, tortillas or whatever carb source you have on the table. After a while, you remind them of the other food on their table or plate. Maybe you get so frustrated you simply instruct them to eat some protein or veggies. Believe it or not, a child’s preference for carbs is …Continue Reading

Pistachio Pea Pesto

Pistachio Pea Pesto

With the return of spring comes color and new life. Add some of both to your meal with this bright and flavorful pistachio pea pesto. If there is an easy way to get your kids to eat vegetables it is in a sauce. Put the sauce on pasta or pizza. Instant hit! This pistachio pea pesto is no exception. Parents love the loads of vegetables and healthy fat from nuts. Kids love the taste and color. The really great thing about this pesto is how easy it is to make. Only six ingredients (and the cheese is even optional). Toss them…Continue Reading

Kids and Eczema: Everything You Need to Know

Kids and Eczema: Everything You Need to Know

Camber Hess is a Family Nurse Practitioner working at a family practice in Utah seeing all ages and treating a wide variety of conditions. She has 2 kids of her own, ages 3 and 4 months. Seeing a rash on your little ones can be stressful for any parent, especially when it makes them miserable or interferes with sleep (kids’ sleep OR yours!). Eczema (atopic dermatitis) is particularly common in babies, affecting up to 20% of them, and it can often persist into childhood and even adulthood.  Eczema is not curable, but don’t panic, it IS treatable, and it often disappears or at least improves with age. Babies are the most likely age group to have eczema. How do I know if it’s Eczema? Eczema is…Continue Reading