Childhood Obesity in the Pandemic

Before the start of the pandemic, about 20% of American children were obese. Doctors are now saying that about half of their patients have gained significant weight during the pandemic.  Adults who have been joking about the “COVID 19” (remember the Freshman 15?) aren’t amazed that kids are also gaining some weight. But obesity in […]

Kids and Digital Advertising

Companies have been advertising to kids for decades, but new methods of advertising in digital media bring up new concerns. How does advertising affect kids? Advertising directed at kids is designed to turn them into customers. Research shows that kids who see influencer promotions for junk food are more likely to eat more non-nutritious food. […]

Getting Ready for Kids’ Sports

Local schools’ plans may be up in the air for 2021, but the American Academy of Pediatrics has some suggestions for kids’ sports this season.  Wear masks We’re still learning more about COVID-19 all the time. At one point, there was uncertainty about wearing face coverings while exercising. However, the AAP now recommends masks for […]

New USDA Baby Nutrition Advice

The new national nutrition guidelines include recommendations for babies from birth to 24 months for the first time. The U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services (USDA-HHS) will be presenting this baby nutrition guidance along with other updated recommendations by the end of the year. Research increasingly shows that babies’ eating habits in […]

Calming Toys for Kids

Christmas can be overstimulating for kids at the best of times…and 2020 is not the best of times. This year’s holiday might include arguments over which family members should be allowed to visit, memories of fun traditions you won’t be able to enjoy this year, or COVID-19 scares. It’s a great year to consider calming […]

Holiday Plans and COVID-19

Updated December 10, 2020 It’s time to make holiday plans — but COVID-19 can make that difficult. Here is some expert advice to help.  Avoid travel The safest option is not to travel this year. Put off your holiday travels until next year, when the virus should be under better control. There may be cases […]

Lead Poisoning in Children

Does lead poisoning sound like something people used to worry about in the old days, not a modern concern that modern parents need to consider? Unfortunately, we still need to protect our kids from lead.  Since lead was banned in most products in the U.S., fatal and severe lead poisoning have become very rare in […]

A Healthy Thanksgiving for Kids

Plenty of adults are branching out into healthier dishes for Thanksgiving. Quinoa-stuffed squash and radicchio salad make great foils for turkey on a grown up table. But what about the kids? How can you present healthy options that younger kids will eat? Thanksgiving’s natural healthy foods Roast turkey is a lean, healthy source of protein. […]

3 Fun Ideas for Halloween 2020

Halloween 2020 will be a bit different from previous years, but it can definitely still be fun!  The Centers for Disease Control have an interactive map that shows the danger level of neighborhoods across the country. Here in Northwest Arkansas, the level of risk is high enough that you might want to skip Trick or […]

Flu Shots for Kids: High Priority in 2020

Your kids — in fact, your whole family — should get flu shots every year. This year, with COVID-19 in the mix, it’s especially important.  Kids six months to nine years need two shots about four weeks apart. Kids ages nine and up need just one shot. Two weeks after the course of vaccinations is […]