Cooking is more fun with kids

Edward-Elmhurst’s Healthy Driven Blog shared that if there’s one thing you can count on, it’s that kids love getting their hands dirty.

They have just as much fun making mud pies in a back yard “kitchen” as they do making a more-edible yogurt parfait.

It’s a great idea to get kids working in the kitchen, even at a young age. The more you teach kids about good nutrition, the more likely they will be to make a habit of healthy cooking. Another bonus — cooking provides math, literacy and science lessons that are guaranteed to be fun!

Working on a recipe together gives adults an opportunity to teach kids about cleanliness. Thoroughly wash hands, utensils and work surfaces before starting, and make sure kids know not to sample the food before it’s cooked.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics provides an excellent breakdown of tasks kids can safely handle in the kitchen by age:

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Helping Kids Understand Alzheimer’s Disease

The National Institute on Aging’s ADEAR Center offered this advice.  When a family member has Alzheimer’s disease, it affects everyone in the family, including children and grandchildren. It’s important to talk to them about what is happening. How much and what kind of information you share depends on the child’s age and relationship to the person with Alzheimer’s.

Helping Kids Cope

Here are some tips to help kids understand what is happening:

  • Answer their questions simply and honestly. For example, you might tell a young child, “Grandma has an illness that makes it hard for her to remember things.”
  • Help them know that their feelings of sadness and anger are normal.
  • Comfort them. Tell them no one caused the disease. Young children may think they did something to hurt their grandparents.

Talk with kids about their concerns and feelings. Some may not talk about their negative feelings, but you may see changes in how they act. Problems at school, with friends, or at home can be a sign that they are upset. A school counselor or social worker can help your child understand what is happening and learn how to cope.

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Olanrewaju Falusi, MD, a pediatrician at Children’s National and Associate Medical Director for Municipal and Regional Affairs at Child Health Advocacy Institute (CHAI) wrote for  Rise and Shine shared that fall is in full swing, which means kids are back in school and it’s time for your family to prepare for the flu vaccine.

Every year, she gives the flu vaccine to dozens of kids at Children’s National Health System. Most parents are happy to have their child get the flu shot, but some have questions about side effects, the safety of the vaccine and if it’s really effective.

She reassures parents by telling them that there’s a unified voice amongst pediatricians: The best way to protect your child from getting sick from the flu is to get them vaccinated against the flu each year. She also proudly shows her patients the colorful Band-Aid on her arm the day she got her flu vaccine each year, and share with them why her husband and young daughter also get the flu vaccine. Here are five reasons why the flu shot is essential for children – even for those who are generally healthy:

1. The flu makes kids very sick

Flu season runs from October to May and the Centers for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend that children over the age of 6 months should be vaccinated. Why? The flu isn’t just a bad cold; it’s a deadly and highly contagious illness that causes the most harm to kids. The flu can have your child in bed for a whole week or more with a fever, painful cough and body aches. Even worse, the flu can lead to serious complications such as pneumonia, hospitalization and severe dehydration. Every year, about 20,000 kids younger than 5 years old are hospitalized with complications from the flu. Read more

17% of Food-Allergic Children Have Sesame Allergy

Investigators at the National Institutes of Health have found that sesame allergy is common among children with other food allergies, occurring in an estimated 17% of this population. In addition, the scientists have found that sesame antibody testing—whose utility has been controversial—accurately predicts whether a child with a food allergy is allergic to sesame. The research was published on Oct. 28 in the journal Pediatric Allergy and Immunology.

“It has been a challenge for clinicians and parents to determine if a child is truly allergic to sesame,” said Anthony S. Fauci, M.D., director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), part of NIH. “Given how frequently sesame allergy occurs among children who are allergic to other foods, it is important to use caution to the extent possible when exposing these children to sesame.”

Sesame is among the 10 most common childhood food allergies. Only an estimated 20% to 30% of children with sesame allergy outgrow it. Severe reactions to sesame are common among sesame-allergic children. About 1.1 million people in the United States, or an estimated 0.23% of the U.S. population, have sesame allergy, according to a recently published study funded by NIAID. These factors underscore the need to optimize the recognition and diagnosis of this allergy. The Food and Drug Administration is currently considering whether to include sesame in the list of allergens that must be disclosed on food labels. Read more

How Much Sleep Do Babies, Toddlers and Kids Need?

Parent Wish List shared with Healthy Lombard that parenting is an amalgamation of countless challenging tasks. This unpaid job also requires you to monitor your child’s healthy sleep routine. Perhaps, you do know that your child’s sleep time will consequently affect your sleep schedule and sleep duration. Because even during your sleep, your worst nightmare is waking up to your toddler crying and not being asleep at a decent hour.

Why Should Parents Emphasize More On A Consistent Bedtime?

Did you know an Australian experimented conducted on school-going children concluded that children who have a variable bedtime with a 60-minute difference were twice as likely to exhibit a more hyperactive behavior and had difficulty in controlling emotions? And children who had a two-hour difference in bedtime were 6 times more temperamental! So your child’s varying bedtime can only aggravate his behavior over time.

What Do You Think Bedtime Should Be Exactly?

Do not worry parents! We have all the necessary information you need to structure the perfect sleep schedule for your child which will give uninterrupted time to mothers to watch cooking and television shows and ample time to fathers to not miss out on sports updates!

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Drunk driving is scary

The Lombard Police Department is urging motorists to commit to sober driving this Halloween when children and their families will be walking through neighborhoods after dark in search of candy and spooky fun. If you plan on drinking, remember to plan for a sober ride home.

“Even one drink can impair your ability to make responsible decisions,” said Lombard Police Officer Paula Rojas.  “That’s why it is so important to know how you’ll get home before you leave for the party. We urge you to plan ahead to help keep yourself and others safe.”

Impaired drivers should never get behind the wheel. It is illegal in Illinois to drive impaired by alcohol, drugs or any other substance. Remember: DUIs are not restricted to alcohol-related offenses. If you drive high, you’ll get a DUI. Read more

What’s a Teal Pumpkin?

What’s the Teal Pumpkin Project®?
The Teal Pumpkin Project encourages people to raise awareness of food allergies and promotes the inclusion of all trick-or-treaters throughout the Halloween season. The nationwide movement offers an alternative for kids with food allergies, as well as other children for whom candy is not an option. The steps to participate are:

  1. Provide non-food treats for trick-or-treaters.
  2. Place a teal pumpkin – the color of food allergy awareness –in front of your home to indicate 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. Social media is one of the best and easiest ways you can spread the word about the Teal Pumpkin Project®. Be sure to use #tealpumpkinproject each time you post!

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Health Advisory for Lung Disease Associated with Vaping

You may have heard the news, but the CDC recently released an advisory warning of a new, severe pulmonary disease associated with the use of e-cigarette products. Over 200 cases across 25 states have been reported, with patients experiencing respiratory and/or other symptoms, such as cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and fever.

“Vaping” (or e-cigarette usage) is especially harmful to young people, yet it’s on the rise among children and teenagers. In 2018, use of e-cigarettes rose 80% among high school students and 50% among middle school students from the year prior, with 3.6 million teenagers reporting the use of the devices.

This dangerous new lung disease isn’t the only reason to prevent vaping among adolescents— vaping also increases potential harm to brain development and the likelihood of future cigarette smoking. Read more

Dealing With Cyberbullying

Alyssa, a freelance writer. I write articles on education and students life, shared with Healthy Lombard that the Internet has become an inseparable part of modern life as it provides much faster and easier access to needed data and also convenient means to connect with other people. While the advantages are obvious for everyone, many people may suffer from the negative phenomena brought to life by the rise of online social media use. According to Cyberbullying Research Center, almost every fourth teen in the US was bullied or harassed online and the rate continues to increase. Cyberbullies like to keep the anonymity and their primary goal is to harm or frighten their victims and make them feel depressed and powerless because of the more public nature of this type of abusing people. You must be aware and ready to prevent psychological harm to your child especially if he/she belongs to one of the vulnerable groups. In fact, no one is immune from online harassment but belonging to a minority group may be a ground for biases and subsequent cyberbullying. Youth with learning disabilities or other special needs and those who are perceived as “different” based on their race, religion, social status or any other aspect of their personality often find themselves exposed to this threat. Read more