Let Kids Learn in the Kitchen

Hands-on experience can encourage healthier eating

Many children don’t like fruit and veggies, but that shouldn’t stop kids from eating healthy.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics recommends:
• Let your child go to the grocery store and shop for produce with you. The child should choose fruit and veggies that look appealing.
• Create fun challenges while shopping. Have your child pick out produce of different colors.
• Give young children cookbooks and let them look through pictures to choose a meal that looks good. Older children can help with cooking and preparation.
• Talk to your child about how he or she wants to prepare the produce bought at the store.
• Let your child help as much as possible, from rinsing produce to tearing lettuce and cooking food.

This article last updated July 8, 2015. Copyright © 2015 HealthDay. All rights reserved.


Prevent Boating Accidents

Keep children safer with a life jacket

Boating is one of summer’s finer pleasures, and there’s no reason not to take the kids along. But make sure they’re protected.

Safe Kids Worldwide suggests:
• Each child should always wear a U.S. Coast Guard- approved life jacket.
• Make sure the jacket fit snugly and properly. It should not rise to hit the chin or ears when the child’s arms are extended.
• Adults should never drink alcohol while boating, so they can safely supervise children.
• Protect a little one from getting chilled with a light blanket or towel.
• All adults should learn CPR.
• If you choose to let your youngster swim, make sure the child is able to tolerate and understands potential hazards, including uneven footing, sea currents and changes in weather.

This article last updated July 10, 2015. Copyright © 2015 HealthDay. All rights reserved.


Keeping a Preemie Safe in a Car Seat

Suggestions for safer travel

A premature baby may need extra care to make sure he or she fits properly in a car seat.

The Cleveland Clinic says:
• Preemies are safest in an infant carrier. Make sure the carrier’s distance from the crotch to seat back is less than 5 1/2 inches. Roll up a small blanket or diaper and place it in the area between the crotch strap and baby to minimize slouching.
• There should be less than 10 inches between the seat bottom and lower harness straps to prevent straps from going across baby’s ears.
• Buckle baby in before putting a blanket over him or her.
• Avoid a car seat with a shield, arm rest or abdominal pad.
• Keep baby in the back seat.
• If baby uses breathing equipment, place it on the floor of the car, not on the seat next to baby.

This article last updated June 1, 2015. Copyright © 2015 HealthDay. All rights reserved. Ask your healthcare provider if you have questions.