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Staying Hydrated

Summer will be here and gone before we know it! In those hot summer months, hydration is a major priority, especially for children. Many children and adults don't recognize when their body feels thirsty and interprets it as hunger instead. In order to stay hydrated this summer, make sure everyone in your house is drinking when they are thirsty, getting enough to drink, and making the right drink choices.

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Categories: nutrition, health-notes,


Feeding Babies and Toddlers

It is so important to also let your child explore new foods. To help you understand why this is important consider this scenario. Imagine you are blindfolded and told that you are going to be fed some food. No one tells you what it is. "You will like it. It is yummy," they tell you. What would you want to do before eating the food? Probably smell it. Maybe even touch it to see if you can learn any more about it. The same is true for your baby. Eating new foods is a whole experience for a baby just like it can be for us as adults.

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Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care: Know What to Ask

Most child care centers and home daycares would say they are supportive of breastfeeding, if you asked them. But you need to dig a little deeper to understand how supportive they really are. Transitioning back to work after having a baby takes some thought and coordination. When you are breastfeeding an infant, the child care providers can make a big difference in the ease of that transition back to work while still maintaining the breastfeeding mother-baby relationship.

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Categories: parenting, health-notes,


Activities to Help me Grow!

Every day errands and chores are a great time to involve your child and help him or her learn and grow. Parents and caregivers often think they need to use computer software, videos, or workbooks for "learning" but actually, young children learn from every day experiences and learn best when they are involved in hands on activities. Plus, they love to help and be part of what you are doing. Here are some ideas to help you get started with suggestions for different ages of children.

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Categories: development, health-notes,


Learning While Dressing and Diapering

Do you have a wiggly baby or toddler who you have to wrestle during diaper changes? Diapering and dressing times can be a struggle as babies become more mobile and toddlers become more interested in exploring and playing than being still. Here are some quick tips to make diaper time enjoyable and a time for learning.

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Categories: development, health-notes,


Prepare for Severe Weather Season

With another severe weather season upon us, it's time to remember what you need to keep you and your family safe from nature's most violent storms. Living in the Plains, we are in a region prone to large and destructive severe weather events. It is vital that everyone in your family knows how to prepare for and react to this potentially dangerous weather.

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Categories: health-notes, lifestyle,


Babysitting Training Course

Emergency preparedness is an important skill to learn especially as an adolescent that cares for other children. Babysitters need to build a foundation of childcare and emergency care procedures such as choking and CPR. National Safety Council, Nebraska's Babysitting Training course provides 11 to 15 year olds with the knowledge and confidence to be responsible and safe sitters.

National Safety Council, Nebraska (NSCN) has highly-trained First Aid and CPR instructors that teach this course allowing the students to learn life-saving skills in an appropriate and interactive environment. The course follows curriculum created and approved by the American Academy of Pediatrics and incorporates hands-on activities and basic first aid and CPR techniques.

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Categories: parenting, health-notes,


Cholesterol Screening in Children

New guidelines now suggest screening 9 - 11 year old children for cholesterol. This new recommendation will help identify those children at risk for cardiovascular disease - before it progresses.
 

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Categories: development, health-notes,


Getting Your Toddler to Sleep

It's the end of a long day and you have finally sat down to unwind after getting the kids to bed when suddenly you hear that familiar patter of little feet. Oh no, you know exactly where this is going… "Mommy, I can't sleep."

Your first thought probably is, "You've only been up there for 5 minutes, no one falls asleep that fast. I just got on the computer/started watching my shows/etc... PLEASE go to bed." But you know that kind of reason doesn't resonate with a toddler. It's time to go into bedtime combat role.

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Energizing Kids with Exercise Games + Printables

Exercise.

It's something we all know is important. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend that "children and adolescents should do 60 minutes or more of physical activity per day." Oh boy, sometimes that's easy, especially when the weather outside is nice, but let's face it, when it's cold outside, sometimes it's pretty tough to hit that guideline.

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Categories: development, health-notes,


The ABC's of Baby's Zzzzs!

Did you know that sleep is the primary activity of the brain during early development? As a matter of fact, sleep is a critical part of a baby’s healthy growth and development; especially a baby’s mental and physical health.  So what are the healthy sleep patterns for infants? How long should your baby be sleeping?

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Group Physical vs. Private Physical: What's Best for Your Child?

A physical is usually required for kids entering certain grades – or planning to participate in school sports. Physicals offered in a group setting may offer convenience and low-cost; however, a physical one-on-one with your child’s doctor will cover much more.

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Categories: development, health-notes,


6 Ideas to Beat the Bedtime Battles

"Just 15 minutes longer." "I'm not tired!" "I don't want to get up!"

Sound familiar? Kids and parents frequently clash about when children need to sleep – and for how long. The National Sleep Foundation reports that 69 percent of children have sleep problems. Kids resist sleeping for many reasons: overstimulation, caffeine, nightmares, and even snoring.

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Screening for Adolescent Depression

New guidelines ask pediatricians to screen pre-teens and teenagers for depression. This is a good addition - due to the number of teens who go undetected for the disease.

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Cold Weather Activity Precautions for Your Kids

I am always glad when parents are concerned about exercise and their children.

Statistics show that almost a third of children and adults are obese. In addition to childhood health risks, studies have found that overweight kids are at greater risk of becoming obese adults, with all the health problems associated with obesity lasting throughout their lives.

These long winter months make it tough to get outside and cabin fever may be settling in. Your children may be looking for ways to get outside and burn off some energy, and the cold weather might also be an excuse for kids to increase time spent watching TV, playing video games or using electronics.

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