MRI Study: Breastfeeding Boosts Babies’ Brain Growth
June 18th, 2013 by Colleen Hurley, RD, Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
We all know by now that breast is best when it comes to feeding baby. From numerous health benefits for both mum and baby, study and after study compounds the wonders of breastfeeding. Initial research began by attempting to understand how the components of breast milk benefitted a growing baby, but in the past few years research is finding that breastfeeding boosts brains as well- and a recent study found that breastfeeding can actually boost brain growth.
AAP’s New Summer Safety Tips
June 13th, 2013 by Colleen Hurley, RD, Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
The kids are out of school and summer is officially in full swing. Mum everywhere are probably busy planning activities to avoid those 2 dreaded summer words “I’m boooored.” Before you head outdoors with your little ones, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued their annual Summer Safety Tips for kids of all ages.
Gluten Free Recipe of the Month: Hidden Veggie Pasta Sauce
June 4th, 2013 by Colleen Hurley, RD, Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
Fruits and vegetables are part of a healthy diet and we now know the earlier you start giving your kids vegetables- the better their long term health. Many parents are aware, however, kids don’t always want to eat their veggies. This month’s gluten free recipe takes a less obvious approach and that is sneaking vegetables into a recipe for those kids who will eat veggies- only if they can’t see them. Plus, it utilizes some peak produce popping into season over these summer months in a gluten free, veggie rich tomato sauce.
5 Easy Steps to Stand Up to GMO’s
May 29th, 2013 by Colleen Hurley, RD, Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
The presence GMO’s, or genetically modified organisms, in a food is not required to be stated on the label and sadly nearly 70% of processed foods in your local supermarket contain GMO’s. Healthy Child, Healthy World has been a trusted resource for more than 20 years and is on a mission to empower parents to protect children from harmful chemical providing us with 5 easy steps to help you avoid GMO’s:
When Can I Start Giving my Baby Mum Mum’s?
May 21st, 2013 by Colleen Hurley, RD, Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
We’ve recently been getting a lot of questions about how parents can know when their baby is ready to start on Baby Mum Mum’s. The answer is when your baby is showing signs that she is ready for solid foods- like wanting to open her mouth and let a spoon in- then she is ready for Baby Mum Mum’s so get ready for the exciting (and sometimes messy) adventure of introducing solid foods.
FDA Issues New Sunscreen Regulations and Safety Tips
May 16th, 2013 by Colleen Hurley, RD, Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
The weather is finally starting to warm up, which means lots more time outdoors. With the dizzying array of sun blocks and sunscreens it can be one confusing decision to find a sunscreen for your family so the FDA has just issued some new information.
Parents Who Suck on Their Infants’ Pacifiers May Protect Their Children Against Developing Allergy
May 14th, 2013 by Colleen Hurley, RD, Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
Those pacifiers and binkies end up in the strangest of places, or with repeated drops on the floor. Most mums rinse off the pacifier but if there’s no water available heroic mums suck on the pacifier for a second to spit clean it for their baby. Well lo and behold, that heroic mom strategy may actually help prevent future allergies for baby – according to an interesting new study.
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The Right Amount of Vitamin D for Babies: 400 IU Daily Dose for Suggested for Infants Under One Year of Age
May 8th, 2013 by Colleen Hurley, RD, Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
Vitamin D is popular topic when it comes to infant and maternal health, and many studies over the last few years have been pointing to the importance of adequate vitamin D during pregnancy as well as during the first year of baby’s life. Vitamin d is critical for healthy bone development, which happens at a rapid rate during baby’s first year yet the question has remained: just how much vitamin D do babies need? A recent study set out to answer that question.
Celiac Disease Awareness Month
May 2nd, 2013 by Colleen Hurley, RD, Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
May brings more than just flowers from those April showers; it also marks the start of Celiac Awareness Month. It’s estimated that about 1 in 140 Americans have celiac disease, however about 83% of those with celiac disease remain undiagnosed and even misdiagnosed perpetuating the need for greater awareness of celiac disease.
8 Tips for Meal Planning
April 29th, 2013 by Colleen Hurley, RD, Certified Kid’s Nutrition Specialist
The question heard daily that makes the head chef in the household cringe: “what’s for dinner?” Sometimes that’s even followed by grunts, groans, rebuttals, and perhaps other dinner suggestions than what you may have had planned. If you don’t have a meal planned for dinner, it’s about time to get meal planning.