Monday, October 22, 2018

farm-to-freezer to toddlers

PR News Wire reports: Yummy Spoonfuls  offers the first-ever USDA-certified organic, fully balanced, healthy meals specifically designed to support your toddler's nutritional and developmental needs. Made with non-GMO, real food produced from farm-to-freezer. Each meal is "Clean Label Project Verified", meaning only the purest ingredients. Founded and developed by child nutrition expert Agatha Achindu and grown in partnership with entrepreneur Camila McConaughey, each "yummy spoonful" is full of ingredients that support your toddler's brain and eye development, growing muscles and high energy levels — all while steering clear of any added sugars, preservatives, artificial flavors and most allergens. Available now in Walmart stores nationwide.more

mom of 3 = more stress

According to a survey by TODAY Parents it was discovered that:
  • Parents bringing up 3 children are the most 'stressed out' reporting an average of stress 8.5 out of 10.
  • 60% of those asked admitted that they were more stressed out by their daughters than their sons.
  • 72% of those mothers were stressed out by their stress.
  • And finally 46% of mothers admitted that their husbands or partners actually caused more headache than their children!  heart
Psychiatrist Dr. Janet Taylor explained why moms start to relax after they give birth to their fourth - “There’s just not enough space in your head for perfectionism when you get to four or more kids... The more children you have, the more confident you become in your parenting abilities,” Taylor continued. “You have to let go … and then you’re just thankful when they all get to school on time.”

teal pumpkin project

Being a part of the 'teal pumpkin project' this Halloween is a simple way to promote inclusion for trick-or-treaters with food allergies or other conditions.  By placing a teal pumpkin on your doorstep - it will signify you have non-food treats available, such as glow sticks or small, safe toys for children to enjoy!
  1. Provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters
  2. Place a teal pumpkin in front of your home to indicate to passersby that you have non-food treats available
  3. Add your home to the Teal Pumpkin Project map
  4. Spread the word! Share the Teal Pumpkin Project with your friends and family

science of kids' laughter

Hearing a child laugh may be the most wonderful sound in the world. Laughter is playful, social, physical and cognitive. If you want to tickle your child's funny bone and get them to laugh more frequently, Neuroscientist Robert Provine, author of Laughter: A Scientific Investigation breaks it down for us in the ladders.
  • laugh first - laughter is infectious and contagious - if you laugh, your child might join in.
  • make fun of yourself - children love to make fun of adults - making yourself the butt of the joke will get a consistent laugh every time.
  • add a twist - the best jokes have an unexpected surprise - seek out ones with a good twist.
  • include potty humor - children love to hear about bodily functions - just be prepared for the fallout after you tell a joke that includes bathroom humor.
  • repeat - again + again - children will not get tired of hearing a joke - they love to hear jokes repeated again + again + again...

dads + exercise

Men who want to have children in the near future should consider hitting the gym. An Ohio State University College of Medicine at the Wexner Medical Center study has found that paternal exercise had a significant impact on the metabolic health of offspring well into their adulthood. "Here's what's really interesting; offspring from the dads fed a high-fat diet fared worse, so they were more glucose intolerant. But exercise negated that effect.  When the dad exercised, even on a high-fat diet, we saw improved metabolic health in their adult offspring." medical xpress more

European measles outbreak + deaths

NBC reports: A raging measles outbreak in Europe may be a warning sign of what could occur in the U.S. if something doesn’t change soon, experts say.  So far this year, there have been 41,000 cases in Europe and 40 deaths, according to the World Health Organization. The European experience may offer a window on how quickly things can go awry when parents choose not to vaccinate their children, doctors caution.  Because measles is relatively rare in the U.S., many Americans have no idea of the disease's frightening impact and its stunning contagiousness.  Many forget that measles isn’t just a childhood disease. When Italian, Silvia Rosetti, now 41, was a child, measles vaccines were not required and she didn't think about the risk of exposure when she first became pregnant. She was healthy and ecstatic at the thought of having her first child. But then she caught measles and the symptoms came on in a rush: fever, cough and congestion so bad she could barely breathe. “The situation got worse and worse so they decided to do a C-section,” Rosetti said. “I went into quarantine for five days. I couldn’t see my baby.” Her newborn son, Nathan, was also quarantined until doctors determined he was not infected. Rosetti developed pneumonia as a complication of her measles and was so weak she couldn’t stand up.  "And I had a rash even in my eyes, so I couldn't see anything," Rosetti told NBC News. As in Europe, the number of children in the U.S. going unvaccinated has been increasing in certain parts of the country, said Dr. Albert W. Wu at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.more

every day household "toys"

Desperate to entertain you children, but they have exhausted their love for toys, games and blocks?  Why not check out your everyday household items and turn them into toys for your little ones?  If they are old enough, chopsticks can be transformed into drumsticks.  Pizza dough can provide hours of fun and water glasses filled at different levels become an entire "orchestra" (well in their minds at least) .  According to offspring , you have "just about everything you need to stimulate, captivate and exhaust your young offspring is probably already in your possession, hiding in your linen closet, kitchen cabinet or garage." Check out their ideas for the use of toilet paper, cloth napkins, food containers, hampers, bins, buckets, bed sheets and mixing bowls.more

first flu death reported

Health officials in Connecticut have confirmed the first flu death of the season, adding that the virus has sent another 22 patients to the hospital.  “Last year [the vaccine] was not a great match, but people need to remember even in a year when the vaccine is not a great match … it is still the best protection we have,” Mick Bolduc, an epidemiologist for Connecticut, told the Hartford Courant.  fox news


obesity + hip deformity

New research in the November 2018 Pediatrics suggests that rising childhood obesity rates are causing more adolescents to develop a debilitating hip disease requiring urgent surgery. Slipped Capital Femoral Epiphysis (SCFE), which affects 1 in 2,000 adolescents, causes the hip to deform - and sometimes completely collapse - causing pain and life-long disability. Experts believe there is a critical "window" in early childhood - between the ages of 2 and 5 or 6 years - that can set the stage for persistent obesity. When children that age are overweight it should not be dismissed as baby fat that will go away. totz+today - preschool weight more

infant head tilting - wryneck

Wryneck in infants is common and occurs when the neck muscles twist beyond their usual capacity - causing the baby's head to tilt. Children, infants, and newborns usually develop wryneck because of congenital muscular torticollis (CMT), meaning they are born with the condition - and for most infants, the condition is easily treatable.  Some sources report that is affects 3 in every 100 babies. In infants, the symptoms of wryneck may include:
  • tilting of the head to one side
  • flattening on one side of the head behind the ear
  • limited movement in the head and neck
  • features of the face appearing asymmetrical
  • a small, soft lump in the neck
  • breastfed babies favoring one breast over the other
  • musculoskeletal problems, such as hip dysplasia
In cases of torticollis that develop after birth, a baby may appear tired, irritable, and may vomit during episodes of head tilting. For more information please visit medical news today
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