Solutions for School-Day Breakfasts

By Natalie Hammer Noblitt

Many consider it the most important meal of the day, but a healthy and filling breakfast can get lost in the shuffle while rushing everyone out the door for school and work. Retailers can help parents and kids find satisfying options that will jumpstart young minds and provide go-to foods they’ll come back for throughout the year.

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Health experts: Longmont case an extreme example of dietary deprivation

By Amelia Arvesen

A boy consumes the highest amount of calories in his life as a teenager, which Boulder County dietitians consider a crucial time for him to grow into a healthy and strong man. Yet if he were exclusively fed junk food over an extended period of time, they say his body would begin to wither away without the adequate nourishment.

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Empowering Parents to Raise Happy, Healthy Eaters

By Melanie Braga

This month’s “Mom of the Month” is an inspiring woman who is changing the way we parent in the kitchen. She is providing resources to empower parents to raise happy, healthy eaters. This change maker is Melanie Potock, MA, CCC-SLP and I am thrilled to have her as this month’s Mom of the Month. Melanie is an international speaker, author and certified speech language pathologist who specializes in the assessment and treatment of feeding disorders, including picky eating.

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Step Away From the Sippy Cup!

By Melanie Potock

Sippy Cups became all the rage in the 1980s, along with oversized shoulder pads, MC Hammer parachute pants and bangs that stood up like a water spout on top of your head.   A mechanical engineer, tired of his toddler’s trail of juice throughout the house, set out to create a spill-proof cup that would “outsmart the child.”  Soon,  Playtex® offered a licensing deal, the rest is history and I suspect  that mechanical engineer is now comfortably retired and living in a sippy-cup mansion on a tropical island in the South Pacific.

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Valentine Veggie Parties

By Melanie Potock

I often have parents who want my sessions to focus on helping kids learn to eat healthier foods, especially vegetables. On the journey to developing the oral motor skills necessary for biting, chewing and swallowing a variety of vegetables, simply interacting with these foods via food crafts and food play develops a positive relationships with Brussels sprouts, carrots and more.  Holidays offer ideal opportunities for food play, especially Valentine’s Day.

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21 Tips for Navigating the NICU

By Michelle Crouch

The odds are on your side that your child will be born full-term and perfectly healthy. Still, about one in 13 babies in the United States spends some time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). And a recent study by The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice and the Geisel School of Medicine found that 43 percent of these infants are not even premature—they are full-term babies who need more care. For new parents, having a newborn in the NICU can feel scary and overwhelming, so we asked top medical professionals, as well as moms who’ve been there, for their best coping strategies.

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Giving Up the Pacifier: How and When to Do It

By Jennifer Kelly Geddes

The earlier you can get rid of the paci, the easier it will be, says Melanie Potock, a speech language pathologist and co-author of Raising a Happy, Healthy Eater. “There’s a period of rapid cognitive growth around age two which results in your child realizing that she has a bit of control over you and your actions,” she explains. So when kids hit those (sometimes terrible) twos, they’re more likely to protest paci removal. For kids who are 3, the attachment is more emotional than physical, so your approach can be rather matter-of-fact (see ‘Discuss broken’, below).

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12 Foods & Drinks That Will Help Your Kids Poop

By Liz Alterman

Here’s an unpleasant truth: Kids get constipated. For a variety of reasons that range from diet to just not wanting to stop playing and take the time to poop, little guys and gals can end up going days without taking a number two — which becomes uncomfortable for everyone. We asked parents, pediatricians, and nutritionists to share the foods they’ve found help keep kids regular.

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9 Ways Moms Help Their Kids Cut Back on Sugary Drinks

By Liz Alterman

When we think of kids consuming sugar, we typically picture cupcakes, cookies, and maybe even ice cream, but it turns out they’re drinking plenty of it, too. In light of recent a study that showed close to 30 percent of kids consume two or more sugary beverages a day, we asked moms and dads to share some of their best strategies for keeping kids away from super-sweet beverages.

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Feeding Disorders and Food Insecurity: A 6-Step Action Plan

By Melanie Potock

Feeding disorders affect 25 to 45 percent of typically developing children and up to 80 percent of children with special needs and/or chronic health issues. A “feeding disorder” diagnosis applies to a child who can’t consume a balanced diet of age-appropriate food or liquid to support steady growth and development. When speech-language pathologists and other health care professionals treat a child with a feeding disorder, they work toward improving the child’s ability to eat a variety of foods.

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