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  • Is your child’s heart rate healthy?

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    Is your child’s heart rate healthy?

    Your child's heart rate (also called pulse) can vary wildly throughout the day. Heart rate is the number of times the heart beats each minute. Daily activities can change how fast or slow the rate fluctuates – from a slow, steady beat while resting or sleeping to a higher rate during exercise.


  • 5 tips for healthy school lunches

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    5 tips for healthy school lunches

    When asked what a healthy lunch looks like, dietitians at Children's Health℠ remind parents that the best lunch is one that your child will eat. But how do you encourage your child to choose items that will power them through the second half of the day, rather than slow them down?



  • Help your child stay motivated in school

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    Help your child stay motivated in school

    It's not news that not all children enjoy school. If your child dreads going to school each day or simply seems uninterested in working hard in school, their motivation for learning may be an issue. You can help your child get excited about school at any age by getting involved and providing the right sort of praise. To help your child stay motivated academically, below are a few key strategies.


  • 3 tips to help boost your child's body image in the digital age

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    3 tips to help boost your child's body image in the digital age

    In an interview with the Mirror in April 2014, a British teen with body dysmorphic disorder described spending up to 10 hours a day taking hundreds of photos of himself at a time in pursuit of the perfect selfie. He admitted that he eventually attempted suicide in response to his dissatisfaction with his appearance in selfies. Although taking selfies did not cause this young man’s body dysmorphic disorder, one way in which his disorder manifested itself was his preoccupation with taking an "ideal" selfie.


  • Potty talk with the docs

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    Potty talk with the docs

    It's common for young children to run into problems going to the bathroom, whether they become constipated or experience bedwetting. For parents, it can be hard to know how to handle these issues, and when you need to seek expert help.


  • What to know about measles and the MMR vaccine

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    What to know about measles and the MMR vaccine

    Measles is a viral infection that can cause a red, blotchy rash, fever, cough and a runny nose. This highly contagious condition can also lead to serious and even life-threatening complications, such as pneumonia and encephalitis. Because measles can be prevented with the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) vaccination, most children are now protected from contracting the virus.


  • Sugar and kids: How much is too much?

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    Sugar and kids: How much is too much?

    There's no denying it: Kids love just about anything served up sweet. Most parents realize too much sugar is a bad thing, but it's often hard to know how much is too much – or even how much sugar is in some of kids' favorite foods and snacks.



  • How to prevent foodborne illness

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    How to prevent foodborne illness

    Food recalls and restaurant closures are constant reminders of the dangers of foodborne illness. Each year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 48 million people get sick from foodborne illness. While most are able to recover on their own, 128,000 people are hospitalized with serious foodborne illnesses each year – and children face higher risk of getting sick.

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