Raising Healthy, Happy Children

healthy-happy-childrenToday we are experiencing an epidemic of overweight children.  What happened to kids playing outside all day until the street lights came on?  Why are our children no longer playing kickball, or climbing trees?  It seems as though every place we look, there is an electronic device attached to our children…cell phones, tablets, laptops, iPods, and the list is ongoing.  It is fair to say that an obese child will have a greater tendency to become an obese adult.  While the chubbiness may appear to be cute when they are younger, we all know that this is not the case as they enter into adolescence and adulthood.  Unfortunately, the children may develop an inferiority complex and other personality issues.

Let’s come together and help these children reclaim their lives!  How?

  • Prepare healthier meals together
  • Schedule physical activities for pleasure (i.e. bike riding, walking, swimming, sports, etc.)
  • Educate on the importance of health and one body
  • Shop for more fruits and vegetables to have as snacks
  • Listen, did I say listen…again I say listen

Take the time to talk with your children and take the time to actually listen to their responses.  Try to find out if your child is stress eating.  Pay attention to your child’s schedule and change in behavior.  We can help our children combat obesity, depression, and other conditions battling our children, in order to do so, we need to make ourselves available.

If you are unsure of how to talk with your child about a given topic, schedule your COMPLIMENTARY phone consultation with LAE-LAH Inc. and let us help guide you.  Be Blessed.  Be Whole.  Be You.signature

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Help! My Child has Abrasions, Cuts and Scratches

child-injuryWhy is it that children ALWAYS find a way to hurt themselves?  Children will experience cuts, scratches, and abrasions throughout their life.  Consider yourself truly blessed if you can avoid the broken bones or more serious ailments.  I can recall the constant “booboos” in life that just needed a little mommy kiss to make it all better.  Many times children are playing and for whatever reason, they always seem to find the splintered piece of wood or the broken glass that you thought you cleaned up in its entirety last week (sigh).  Perhaps your child is the one that always gets hurt on the playground or when the neighborhood kids are all out playing together.  Regardless of how the incident occurred, it is important to be mindful because sometimes abrasions, cuts and scratches result in dire consequences if they are not tended to properly in a timely fashion.

What is the difference?

  • Cuts are caused by sharp objects, which can penetrate the skin or damage the skin on the surface
  • Scratches are mild form of cuts, which are also caused by sharp objects such as a piece of glass, thorn, knife, or fingernails
  • Abrasions are caused by friction or rubbing of the skin with a rough surface such as rug burns

Please note that blood can occur in all these types of wounds and it may not be seen on the surface.  When the tiny blood vessels underneath the skin is ruptured, bleeding occurs.  Make sure you properly cleanse the wounded area with lukewarm water, a clean cloth, apply an antibacterial ointment (if available), and cover the area.

In the event the incident is caused by an animal or rusty metal, please seek medical attention immediately, as the animal could have rabies and the rusty metallic surface…, well, you get the picture.  Remember, parenting is a journey.  Continue to enjoy the ride!  Be Blessed.  Be Whole.  Be You. signature

When your Child Presents with Abdominal Pain

child-and-abdominal-painI remember when my children would complain of tummy aches.  Did you know that tummy aches are one of the most frequent complaints in children?  Because there are many potential causes attributed with it, the challenge of properly diagnosing the problem increases for both the parent and the physician.  There are times when an immediate visit to the emergency room is warranted, then there are times when you just lay there with your child to help soothe the pain away.  Causes can be food related, infectious, bites, etc.  What do you do?

You find yourself sitting there wondering—is it bacteria or a virus, is it Gastroenteritis or the stomach flu, is it food poisoning or food allergies, is it just gas or did they eat too much?  What is happening to my baby?  Why is the cramping so severe?  Why won’t they stop crying?  Why won’t this medication work?  What am I supposed to do?!

Relax, take the pain serious.  You may need to make that visit to the ER to rule out anything major (i.e. appendicitis).  However, even if the pain subsides overnight, make sure you follow through with your child’s pediatrician to ensure your child is receiving the best possible care.  Again, welcome to the journey of parenthood.  It is a journey of love and rewards, which is also accompanied by pain and sleepless nights.  Continue to invest in the blessing which God has bestowed upon you.  Be Blessed.  Be Whole.  Be You.signature