Children's Health Topics Resources (01)

Guidelines for a Healthy Diet for Kids
What is a healthy diet? More specifically, what is a healthy diet for kids? Like adults, children need nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, carbohydrates, protein, and fat. The difference is that kids need these nutrients in varying amounts at different ages. This resource from Mayo Clinic provides a guideline for healthy eating for kids. It also emphasizes the need to eat nutrient-dense food such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and dairy and to avoid food that contains added sugars and saturated and trans fats. Most importantly, the resource provides daily nutritional guidelines for boys and girls aged 2 to 18.

What Every Child Needs For Good Mental Health
Children have many needs; while it is easy to recognize their physical needs, sometimes parents cannot decipher their kidsí emotional and mental needs. Of course, it is critical that all these needs are met because they enable kids to have sound mental health. Children with good mental health are able to think clearly, learn new skills and develop as social beings. How do parents meet the mental needs of their children? This article from Mental Health America offers suggestions such as giving children unconditional love, nurturing kidsí self-esteem, playing with kids, monitoring TV time, giving appropriate guidance and discipline, and talking about feelings.

The Quack-Files: Chiro-Links - Chiropractor Resources, Articles & Links
The chiropractic links you will find in the Quack-Files web site are all included from a skeptical point of view. The site even describes chiropractic as being to science what Scientology is to religion. If you want to gather information from critics of this branch medicine, then the Quack-Files definitely delivers. Concerns about neck manipulation is a common issue that is addressed by several sites linked to here. Visitors to this link site will find general skeptical sites that deal with chiropractic care as part of their offerings as well. Chiropractic for children is another issue addressed here. You will also find a glossary of terms.

Keeping Kids Healthy During the School Year
School is a very good place to be for kids because it is where they get to meet friends and interact with teachers and other school personnel. For parents, school is where their kids can learn knowledge and skills that they could use till their adult lives. The sad thing is, school can be a breeding ground for pathogens, where kids can pick up germs that make them sick. How can parents keep their children from getting sick while they are in school? This article offers some golden nuggets such as teaching children healthy habits like proper handwashing and not sharing cups and utensils with other kids.

Parenting to Healthy Children
Parents affect their childrenís emotional, social, intellectual, and physical development in many ways. Whether youíre a first-time parent or a grandparent raising grandkids, parenting isnít easy, but you can acquire the tools you need to best care for a child, according to this site, which gives information about attachment, bonding, blended and stepfamilies, childhood obesity, learning disabilities, children and separation, helping kids cope with divorce, and smart grandparenting. Plenty of links with great child mental health information for toddlers, kids and teens.


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