Children's development can vary, however, if you have concerns that your child is delayed, be sure to bring this up with your pediatrician. Studies show that when parents have concerns about their child’s development, they are typically reliable in picking up delays. At our office, we use questionnaires at all well visits from 2 months – 5 years to help pick up delays.
Make eating on-the-go healthier and easier by packing lunches and snacks that your whole family can enjoy. Package single size servings in rubber containers or baggies for an easy-to-grab snack on your way out the door. Some ideas are:
- Fresh or dried fruit
- String cheese (reduced fat)
- Granola bars
- Whole grain crackers or snack chips
- Pita bread or rice cakes
- Cut up carrots, celery and cherry tomatoes
Previous injuries are the number one risk factor for future overuse injuries in athletes. Whether it was a sprained ankle, shoulder dislocation or history of knee pain, be sure to discuss it with the doctor at sport physicals. When we know what has happened in the past, we can target specific areas for improved strength and decrease the risk for future injury.
Avoid biting insects and painful, itchy bites by using insect repellant when outdoors. Repellant with DEET is safe to use in kids who are older than 2 months, and the higher the percent of DEET, the longer it lasts. Choose products with up to 30% DEET and be sure to spray them on clothes/skin in an open area to avoid inhaling the fumes. Avoid combination sunscreen-insect repellant products as they make sunscreen less effective.
Be sure that EVERYONE on bicycles, scooters, skateboards, roller-skates and rollerblades are wearing helmets. Helmets protect heads of all sizes from skull fractures, brain bleeds and facial injury. Even if you have decades of experience on your bicycle, you still need to wear a helmet. You never know when a car is going to come zipping down a driveway or speeding around a corner.
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