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Kids Nutrition Tips

Balance Your Child's TV Diet

With the kids home more during the summer and all those Olympics to watch...are you finding your kids sitting in front of the TV a little too much? Think of your kids "tube time" in the same way you would think of their diets... Make sure it's a balanced diet. The main course could be some kind of educational programing. That can include the Olympics this week... If your children want a little dessert...well then the cartoons or a sit-com can be added to the balance. Finally...just as you would leave the table after you are finished eating... think about turning off the TV when the program has concluded... Don't just sit there....suggest an activity that includes physical or mental exercise.

Can Food Allergies Be Prevented?

Feeding a picky toddler can be challenging, regardless of the situation. Throw in a food allergy or digestive problem, and it can be nightmare. Real food allergies are a serious medical condition, but there are a few things you can do to eliminate the risk of your child ever having one.

If food allergies run in your family, your child is automatically at a higher risk of having allergies as well. Research has shown that breastfeeding and avoiding wheat, egg whites, seafood, and cows' milk products until a child is over a year old may actually help prevent the onset of food allergies. In fact, breastfeeding itself appears to protect somewhat against milk allergy, another reason to consider prolonging breastfeeding for at least a year, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics.

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