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Energy Drink Ingredients Provide No Health Benefit and Make Children Sick

Energy drinks have widely varying amounts of caffiene which can be especially too much for children. “Nearly one-third of kids 12 to 14 years old regularly consume these beverages, which contain caffeine, sugar and other additives, said study author Judith Schaechter, associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Miami. Of the 5,448 U.S. caffeine [...]

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No time to weight: Experts offer tips on combating childhood obesity

This is one of the most frustrating areas of my day. I watch so many children slowly lose the battle with obesity. It takes the whole family working together for success. if you want help, please make an appointment and we can work together. “Simple changes can make a big difference when it comes to [...]

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Stroke Rates Are Rising for Young Americans

This is scary stuff, an element of the obesity crisis that most people don;t think about. Obesity is linked to diabetes and hypertension, and these both lead to stroke. “If we don’t control traditional risk factors — obesity, high blood pressure, and diabetes — we’re going to have a wave of cardiovascular disease in 10, [...]

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Giving Baby Solid Foods Too Early Linked to Obesity Later

This study showed that solid food before 4 months were more likely to be overweight at 3. I could reason that the parents were more driven to feed their children too much, but we need to clarify the reasons. Interesting that this only happens with bottle fed babies… “Babies who were formula-fed and introduced to [...]

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Processed, Fatty Foods May Dumb Down Your Kids: Study

This is scary, but not surprising. This study showed that feeding your child a healthy diet makes them healthier in a very important area: brain growth. Eat your fruits and veggies!!! “Feeding children lots of fatty, sugary and processed foods may lower their IQ, while a diet rich in vitamins and nutrients appears to boost [...]

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Does ADHD come from foods?

Previous studies have shown only a small percentage of children with ADHD reacted favorably to diet changes. This study showed a much larger group responded to diet changes. Unfortunately, there are still no specific recommendations on what foods to avoid. The diet they used was pretty restricted. Stay tuned…. “One group of these children spent [...]

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Peanut allergy diagnoses ‘higher in boys’

Peanut allergies are definitely worse than the used to be, but it is very unclear why. I am sure there will be progress on this issue soon. “Babies and younger boys were up to 30% more likely to be diagnosed with a peanut allergy than girls of the same age, a figure that confirms previous [...]

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Kids’ Rising Obesity Rates Due to Bad Habits, Not Genes: Study

The reasons are clear, too many calories and not enough exercise. The solutions are clear as well, but not easy. If you need help, make an appointment and we can come ups with solutions together. “Nearly one-third of all the students said they drank a soda the day before, while fewer than half said they [...]

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Hassle-Free Meal Time

Here are some good pointers from the AAP. I am definitely of the school that says do not force children to eat, but offer only the meal that is offered. No substitutes should be given. No child will starve from being picky. Hassle-Free Meal Time

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Breast-Feeding vs Other Feeding Methods May Not Affect Maternal Sleep

People often come into the office with the belief that formula fed babies sleep longer. This study shows that is not true. The benefits of breast feeding have been very well documented, and this helps to put another myth to bed. “Breast-feeding mothers do not get less or worse sleep than mothers using formula feeding, [...]

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