Category Archives: Health Tip

Health Tip: Don’t Overfeed Your Toddler

Health Tip: Don't Overfeed Your ToddlerStick to small portion sizes

(HealthDay News) — Toddlers and preschool-aged children still have tiny tummies, so it’s important to feed them portion sizes that are appropriate for their age to teach healthy eating habits.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics lists these guidelines to help you feed toddlers and preschoolers appropriate portion sizes:

  • Start with a small serving size — always smaller than yours — and let your child ask for more food if still hungry.
  • Try a tablespoon per year of age of each food served.
  • Pay attention to your child’s signs of fullness, and remove food when your child begins playing with food or becoming restless.
  • Don’t push the “clean plate club” adage of your youth, and instead teach children to stop eating when they are full.

– Diana Kohnle

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Health Tip: A Dirty Sponge Spreads Germs

If it smells, throw it away (HealthDay News) — You use your sponge to clean your kitchen, but do you clean your sponge? Without careful cleaning, a sponge can soak up bacteria and spread it around. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics offers these suggestions: Don’t reuse a sponge that has an odor, as it…

Tips on Coping With Grief During Holidays

Some comfort can be found for the recently bereaved, expert says THURSDAY, Dec. 27 (HealthDay News) — People who have lost a loved one in the past year can have difficulty coping during the holidays, an expert says. But it’s important for them to understand that this time of year doesn’t need to be sad…

Health Tip: Calming a Fussy Baby

Swaddle the infant with a large, lightweight blanket (HealthDay News) — A soothing routine can help calm your fussy baby and give you some peace. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers these suggestions: Swaddle the infant using a large, lightweight blanket. Snuggle your baby either lying on her left side (helps digestion) or on her…

Health Tip: Think Before You Eat

Are you really hungry? (HealthDay News) — Mindless eating can cause the calories to add up quickly, and before you know it your pants are more snug than usual. The American Academy of Family Physicians offers this advice to consider before you start eating: Ask yourself whether you truly are hungry or if you are…