When you go to the store to buy products for your family, you will see that plastic is still the most common material that is being used – especially in the making of baby and kid products. Plastic products can be found everywhere you go, and at a generally inexpensive cost. While informed parents know that it is better to spend a few more dollars on the eco-friendly, high quality alternative, most parents are going to go with the cheaper plastic product.
The birds are chirping, the sun is shining, and the flowers and trees have started to bloom. To most, spring is a beautiful and renewing time of year, but for those with seasonal allergies it can be a real drag. For sensitized individuals, pollen released in the spring triggers a cascade of immunological events, leading to those annoying allergy symptoms such as sneezing, watering eyes, runny nose, nasal congestion, and headache.
Most of us are familiar with the common signs and symptoms associated with severe allergies. These include: tingling or itching in and around the mouth, swelling of the face, lips, tongue, and throat, wheezing, restricted breathing, abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting, dizziness, lightheadedness or even fainting. Being a seasoned vet, you know when to dial 9-1-1 when those types of allergic reactions occur. However, how familiar are you with the more insidious signs of allergies, especially food intolerances, in your child?
A chiropractor weighs in on the importance of posture
April 11, 2016
The health of our children is greatly dependent upon their lifestyle habits; the habits that we as parents teach our children. Good eating practices, sleeping habits and stress management are essential. However, one very important lifestyle habit that has been missed and is becoming paramount in this technological era is postural fitness.
You’ve done it! You’ve survived the last couple of years of milestones, giggles, temper tantrums and child rearing and now your next big step is toilet teaching!! Do those words give you a mini panic attack? Do you feel intimidated or overwhelmed with where to begin? Or, are you feeling excited for the challenge ahead?
It can be really heartbreaking when your little one isn’t feeling well, whether it is due to a tummy ache, constipation, sore throat or irritability and restlessness. Rather than going straight for your over-the-counter medications, there are great natural home remedies you can try. It also makes for a nice ritual when you’re not feeling the best: sharing a cup of tea with your child.
Keep your little one's busy with these 4 sensory activities
March 14, 2016
It is March Break in your neck of the woods and the children are all very excited to spend some time out of school. We all know the most popular activities are ones that can be done outside burning off all that extra energy. While we fully agree with that, you may live in a climate where spending large amounts of time outside during the March Break is just not feasible due to cold weather and frostbite advisories. We all like to think that by March, it starts to get warmer outside but that is not always the case!
Strategies to help your family through the dreaded time change
March 7, 2016
Now that March is here hopefully the weather will start to warm up!
With March comes the wonderful and slightly annoying spring forward time change. Losing an hour during the time change can be a little trickier of an adjustment than fall back for some children. It may take their bodies a little longer to adapt while their internal clock is re-establishing.
Remind us again of why these time changes even exist?
Why routines are important for your child and tips to help you establish a great one
February 29, 2016
There are some families that establish a bedtime routine right from the beginning or soon after baby arrives while others may wait a little longer. When we talk about routines we aren’t talking about a schedule. Those are two very different things. The schedule is your day to day with timing of naps and bedtimes as well as activities and meals. The routine is the 5-20 minutes you spend with your baby or child just before going to sleep. Babies and children thrive on routine.
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