pediatrics

Parenting a child with gender-identity concerns

Children who identify with a gender other than that assigned at birth in the past perhaps struggled in isolation until reaching adulthood. Today children can simply turn on the TV or pick up a paper and see people with a variety of gender identities. As a pediatrician, I have had parents call as their children …

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Review of The Picky Eater Project

The Picky Eater Project: 6 Weeks to Happier, Healthier Family Mealtimes by Dr. Natalie Digate Muth and Sally Sampson is now available. Dr. Muth is a registered dietician nutritionist and a pediatrician with special certification in obesity and Ms. Sampson is the founder of the popular children’s cooking magazine, website, and book Chop Chop. I’ve …

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Travel and your children’s health

There are several things to consider regarding your children’s health when planning international travel. Some preparation before you depart can avoid issues later on. First, before you leave, go to the CDC Yellow Book website and search for your destination country. For example – I entered Brazil. This brings up updated official travel advice. It …

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Nutrition part 2: Creating a healthy lifestyle for the whole family

Even if only one person in the family has a unhealthy weight it is helpful for the whole family to develop healthy habits. Singling out one child for a restrictive diet can seem like a punishment to that child. Everyone can benefit from healthy habits. Children learn from watching their parents. If they see a …

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Nutrition part 4: Children with special dietary needs

Tweet Teen tips for girls and boys – a list of resources. Tips for teen boys. Tips for vegetarians. And also here – a list of multiple resources for vegetarians. Tips if you have high cholesterol. Heart-healthy ideas. Boosting calories if you take ADHD medications and have suppressed appetite. Counting Calcium and Vit D. Dairy info. Sugar info. Diabetes …

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Nutrition part 3: Creating a healthy colorful dinner plate and staying on budget

Tweet What should my child’s meals consist of ?  Here are some tips on how to provide a balanced healthy meal. Below is a abbreviated list. a variety of colors of fruits and veggies whole grains and minimally processed foods plant-based proteins and limited processed meats healthy oils dairy plenty of water Kid-friendly tips for …

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Nutrition 5: weblinks

Tweet     Kids food pyramid: www.mypyramid.gov/kids Healthy eating ideas for families: www.mealmakeovermoms.com Framingham State Pediatric Nutrition Handouts (general handouts and handouts for specific dietary concerns): http://www.framinghampediatrics.com/nutrition.html My Plate (menu planner, tons of resources): https://www.choosemyplate.gov/ We Can: Tips for healthy eating and healthy activity. https://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/educational/wecan/ http://recipes.familyeducation.com http://teamnutritionusda.gov/resources/mypyramidtips.html Eat Right http://www.eatright.org/ Fun resource on healthy lifestyle Nutrition.gov tons of info on variety …

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Nutrition Part 1: Reading labels and creating a food plan

A healthy body means healthy eating and physical activity. So many health problems can be prevented by a healthy lifestyle. More and more children (and parents) struggle with maintaining a healthy weight. There simply isn’t time in the slot allowed for a physical to teach about nutrition. The Internet is full of fad nutrition advice …

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