Category Archives: Kids Health

Fruit Popsicles

Homemade Fruit Popsicles

Fruit PopsiclesNobody needs all the sugar added to store bought popsicles. Fruit has plenty of sugar all on it’s own- that’s why it all tastes so good! Capture that goodness in you own-made fruit popsicles.

Homemade Fruit Popsicles Recipe

All it takes is your favorite fruit or fruits in a delicious combo, your blender and water.  Use any suitably shaped container, but investing in one specifically made for popsicles is probably a good idea since the kids are going to be wanting these all summer long.

 

Study Drugs

Most Parents Unaware of Teens’ Use of Study Drugs

Study DrugsThere’s a significant disconnect here between parental perception and reality. Parental perception = 1%, reality= 10% of high school sophomores and 12% of high school seniors. I wouldn’t even hazard a guess as to what happens to these numbers in college. But I can tell you that our neorologist has told me that they go for $22 PER PILL on college campuses. Do be sure your teen isn’t ‘sharing’ his or her ADHD drugs with others.

Most Parents Unaware of Teens’ Use of Study Drugs | Psych Central News

And I wonder if there’s a connection between ‘abuse’ of these prescription drugs for purposes of better grades and the abuse of prescription pain killers.

Muffin Tin Snacks

15 Kid Friendly Muffin Tin Snacks

Muffin Tin Snacks15 recipes made in muffin tins– there’s something to be said for not overwhelming a young child with a large portion, so these might be just the right size.

That being said, these recipes run the gamut from super kid friendly to serve ’em at your next adult party, and the kids will eat those too! One looks better than the next.

Kid-Friendly Muffin Tin Recipes

Not just adult parties either– several of these would work really well at kids parties, like at night or in the morning of a sleepover party.

Tooth And Brush

Toothbrushes For Kids

Tooth And BrushAbout the best thing you can do for your children’s oral health is get them to brush as they should. But it’s not exactly easy to accomplish!

Here’s help! Products that make it way more fun to brush and floss and rinse. If they ingrain the habit when they’re little, it will stick as they grow and their mouth will be all the better for it.

Toothbrushes For Kids

The colored rinse (the last slide) is inspired. What fun to have your mouth turn blue, and how great that it lets the kids see all the ‘junk’ that they’ve missed. A terrific teaching tool for this important hygienic activity.

Food

Boys & ADHD & Obesity

FoodIf your son has ADHD, you’ve got plenty to worry about already, but sorry to say here’s more. (I have an ADHD daughter, so I’m in this boat too.)

Boys with ADHD are more likely to become obese as adults | Mail Online

Better to know than not. Watch their diet. Be vigilant about what you give them to eat and the habits you help them build.

Sun

The Straight Skinny On Sunscreen

Sun

Here’s important information you need about sunscreen to protect your family this summer:

Ask Umbra: Which sunscreen should I use? | Grist

Not that different from the supermarket- you have to read the small print. Know your toxins ( there’s a link to ‘safer sunscreens), and it’s not just about UVB- that small print seems to forget talking about the UVA’s.

Now you know– buy the right stuff, but even more importantly- put it on!

Salt

You Need To Know More About This New ‘Sodium’ Report

SaltWe all rejoiced when this new report told us we didn’t have to keep such a close eye on our sodium intake- but not so fast…. there’s way more to this story than hit the nightly news or the front page.

Kosher salt: Don’t stress about sodium intake (unless you’re an average American) | Grist

This is worth a few minutes of your time, but if you really don’t have those few minutes, here’s the gist (no pun intended as it relates to this Grist post).

The VAST majority of the sodium we Americans, and our kids, take in every day isn’t from the dinner table salt shaker. It’s in all the prepared and fast foods that today’s families, on average, consume.  So while too low a sodium intake can indeed perhaps be harmful, most Americans are so far away from that too low number that it’s irrelevant.

No real news here – eating processed and fast food is bad for our health and for the health of our kids. Period.

Protein Sport Snacks

10 Protein-Packed Snacks

Protein Sport SnacksBattling the bulge myself, I’ve learned how extremely important protein is to controlling hunger and hence weight. So building a protein habit in our kids just makes good sense for their lifelong health.

Here are 10 ways to begin it with snack recipes that deliver the protein they need after expending energy in sports or play.

10 protein-packed snacks for the sports addict | MNN – Mother Nature Network

It really is all about building habits, and habits started young have the best chance of remaining lifelong patterns.