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Importance of Greens For Your Kids

Importance of Greens For Your Kids The cartoon character "Popeye" would swallow a whole tin of spinach and watch his biceps grow tenfold in size to the absolute delight of his nutritionally correct belle, "Olive Oil". The beneficial effects of Fruit and Vegetables, of which there are many, are not quite as dramatic as Popeye would suggest. They are, however, quite real and tangible. Lets begin with...

Is Your Child's Diet healthy - Food Pyramid Puzzle - Just For Kids

Is Your Child's Diet healthy How often does your child eat breakfast? a) Most days. b) 3-5 times a week. c) Twice a week. How often does your child eat a breakfast cereal? a) Most days. b) 3-5 times a week. c) Twice or less a week. How many servings of bread, cereals and potatoes does your child eat every day? (1 serving =1 slice of bread or 1 potato or 1 bowl of cereal or 2 tablespoons of rice/...

Traveling

If you are going to travel without your child, a written consent to allow a doctor to perform any necessary medical or surgical treatment should be left with the person caring for the child. Avoid extensive traveling with an infant under the age of 3 months. If you must travel with your infant, approximately 10 days to 2 weeks before the trip: Take your infant for a...

Visits to the Doctor

Most infants start to cry in the doctor's office at 5 to 6 months of age. This is a normal reaction. The fear of strangers will continue until the child is 2 to 3 years old. Keep in mind that the child is undressed and being handled by giant-sized strangers in a strange place! Reassure your child, but remember that it is natural for a young child to be anxious and...

Dizziness Questionnaire

Work with your child to answer these questions so you can give accurate information to your physician. What does dizziness mean to you: whirling, movement up and down or side to side, faintness, light headedness? Do you spin or does the world spin. How does it start? Is it sudden or gradual? How often does it occur? How long does it last? Seconds, minutes, hours,...

Drugs of Abuse

Each of the drug charts in the Medications section lists the interactions of alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine with the therapeutic drug in a child's bloodstream. These three drugs are singled out because of their widespread use and abuse. The information is factual, not judgmental. The many long-term effects of alcohol and tobacco abuse have been well-publicized....

Undescended Testes

General Information DEFINITION - A disorder present at birth in which one or both testicles have not descended from the pelvis into their normal position in the scrotum. In some boys, they descend spontaneously without treatment by age 1. BODY PARTS INVOLVED - One or both testes (testicles); scrotum; spermatic cord. SEX OR AGE MOST AFFECTED - Male infants and...

Scarlet Fever

General Information DEFINITION - A childhood disorder characterized by a bright red rash. Scarlet fever is preceded by a streptococcal throat infection. Both are very contagious for 2 to 3 weeks. Scarlet fever is far less common and less dangerous than it once was. BODY PARTS INVOLVED - Throat; tonsils; skin. SEX OR AGE MOST AFFECTED - Children and adolescents,...

Roseola Infantum

General Information DEFINITION - A common, contagious childhood disease characterized by high fever and skin rash. BODY PARTS INVOLVED - Skin; central nervous system. SEX OR AGE MOST AFFECTED - Infants and young children (1 to 3 years). SIGNS & SYMPTOMS Fever, often high, for several days to 1 week. Irritability. Drowsiness. Flat, reddish skin rash after 4 or 5...

RH Incompatibility

General Information DEFINITION - Incompatibility between an infant's blood type and that of the mother, resulting in destruction of the infant's red blood cells (hemolytic anemia) after birth by antibodies from the mother's blood. BODY PARTS INVOLVED - Blood of pregnant mother and fetus. SEX OR AGE MOST AFFECTED - Newborn infants only. SIGNS & SYMPTOMS Signs...

Reye's Syndrome

General Information DEFINITION - A rare disease in children and adolescents that involves inflammation of the brain and other major organs, mainly the liver, which is damaged due to fatty deposits. BODY PARTS INVOLVED - Brain; liver; kidneys; heart. SEX OR AGE MOST AFFECTED - Children from infancy through adolescence. SIGNS & SYMPTOMS Vomiting. Lethargy....

Fifth Disease

General Information DEFINITION - An infectious, mild, viral illness that occurs in localized outbreaks (often during the winter and spring months). The name comes from its position on a list developed in the early 1900s of childhood diseases. SEX OR AGE MOST AFFECTED - Children and adolescents ages 5-14; rare in infants and adults. Widespread rash - called "slapped...

Acute Epiglottitis

General Information DEFINITION - A sudden, life-threatening childhood infection of the epiglottis (a small flap of tissue in the back of the throat that guards the airway entrance to the lung). Epiglottitis is contagious and is often confused with croup, which is less serious. BODY PARTS INVOLVED - Epiglottis and surrounding tissue. SEX OR AGE MOST AFFECTED -...

Encopresis

General Information DEFINITION - Lack of bowel control in a child who has previously been toilet-trained and does not have diarrhea or constipation. A child cannot be expected to have complete bowel control until at least 2-1/2 years of age. BODY PARTS INVOLVED - Bowels. SEX OR AGE MOST AFFECTED - Both sexes of children over age 2-1/2. SIGNS & SYMPTOMS Bowel...

Chronic Diarrhea, Non-Specific of Childhood

General Information DEFINITION - Chronic diarrhea (more than 5 watery or loose stools a day) in a healthy child. BODY PARTS INVOLVED - Colon. SEX OR AGE MOST AFFECTED - Young children (1-1/2 to 3-1/2 years). SIGNS & SYMPTOMS Frequent, loose stools that often contain undigested vegetable fibers or mucus and occur primarily during the morning. Occasional...