Category: Health & Safety

For kids with food allergies, teal is the new orange on Halloween

Photo: Denise/Flickr

For families dealing with food allergies, Halloween is more than just a tricky time of year. The trick-or-treat haul brings home the potential for an allergic reaction to something as simple as a piece of candy corn. Dairy, egg, peanuts, soy, wheat, tree nuts… the list goes on for all of the allergens hiding in those variety bags we hope to catch on sale.  

As the parent of a child recently diagnosed with four of the top eight allergens, I was really surprised b...

Posted on October 09, 2017 at 2:22 PM by Jamie Donovan

One simple way you can get your kids to eat healthy

In recent years, the rise in childhood obesity and diet-related disease, like type 2 diabetes, have been hot topics of discussion. I think it is safe to say that parents want their children to be healthy, but figuring out how to help them make healthy choices may feel daunting. Particularly when simply getting your child to eat may be a battle.

The best thing you can do? Get them involved in the food choices for the family. But start small. Pick one step below that you feel comfortable...

Posted on October 03, 2017 at 4:41 PM by Karla Gidwani

Easy ways to stay in shape when you're a new parent

Last March I attended (not by choice) the Expectant Fathers class at Prentice Hospital. During these 2 ½ hours, 15–20 fathers-to-be sat around two long tables and listened as the presenter, a pediatrician and father of two, delivered the non-edited version of how life was about to change. It was funny at times. Scary at others. Eye-opening for sure.

During one part of the session, we were presented with this question: “What are you most afraid of about becoming a father?” I could have ...

Posted on June 19, 2017 at 2:03 PM by Matt Beardmore

How I lost all of the baby weight -- twice

Photo: courtesy Charlotte Tsou

 

Having a child is just like having an open heart surgery, once your chest is cut open, you are never the same.

Becoming a mother greatly changed my mentality and priorities in life, but it also altered my physical well-being. I am not talking about squeezing into that old, small bikini, which is highly desirable, but building back my physical strength and stamina. I came to realize that I needed them desperately to stay healthy and take care of my...

Posted on June 07, 2017 at 12:04 PM by Charlotte Tsou

10 things you could do with your time and money instead of shaving

 

*SPONSORED BY LAPIEL LASER CENTER*
 

Did you know that the average american woman spends over $33,000 and two entire months of her life plucking, shaving and waxing? As all busy moms surely know, it’s those few extra moments every morning that make all the difference between a hot cup of coffee and a deep breath, and absolute chaos. 

Imagine what you could do with all the time you don’t spend removing unwanted hair? Here are all the 10 things you can do with all the time and m...

Posted on March 30, 2017 at 10:06 AM

This mom has the secret to not getting sick | NPNparents.org

Photo credit: Aikawa Ke/Flickr

When my two older boys were younger I distinctly remember thinking one winter they were never going to go back to preschool because they were never healthy. Fast forward about five years and one additional kid, and we seem to be in a better spot health-wise. I attribute this to a few changes I’ve made, which I've highlighted below. I’m not a doctor, nor a scientist, so this is purely speculation, but it seems to be working for us.

1. Get rid of the han...

Posted on January 31, 2017 at 1:24 PM by Cate White

Your kid will hate some foods, and that's ok

It never ceases to amaze me how my two kids—born from the same womb—can be so different. I don't know why it still surprises me so much, but it always does. In areas where one excels, the other struggles. At times when one is calm, the other is fired up.  

The differences in their personalities show up everywhere, including at the dinner table. One loves chocolate, the other loves vanilla. One is adventurous and willing to try new foods, the other is ... not. 

Over the holiday break...

Posted on January 25, 2017 at 1:31 PM by Laura Hoover

5 reasons to step up in 2017 | NPNparents.org

*SPONSORED BY LURIE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL*
 

The 20th annual Aon Step Up for Kids is just around the corner on Sunday, January 29. Here are the top 5 reasons why you and your family should Step Up in 2017:

It’s a family event! Kids of all ages are welcome and those who are 12 and under step for FREE!
You can form a team with your friends, family or colleagues, making it a fun and meaningful Sunday!
It’s a great way to get in shape as you step in to the New Year! Earn bragging ...

Posted on December 21, 2016 at 12:34 PM

Dealing with infertility? Toss the holiday cards | NPNparents.org

Photo credit: Mallika Malhorta

When you have fertility issues, the holidays can feel like a punch to your heart every time you open up a card with tons of adorable children or see the many social posts of holiday traditions for children.

Every year, I tape the holiday cards to the front of my refrigerator. My first round of IVF failed around November of 2008. I got pregnant and miscarried six weeks later. So, with that first holiday, taping the cards up on the fridge was a bit painf...

Posted on December 12, 2016 at 8:40 AM by Tasha Blasi

Help kids with food allergies enjoy the holidays

Photo credit: Johnny Silvercloud/Flickr

The holidays are upon us, and with the holidays come family gatherings, tidings of good cheer and food—lots and lots of food. Everywhere one turns there is cocoa and cookies and fruit cake—oh, my!

For some, this time of year, and the many delicacies that come with it, is welcomed. But if you have a child with a food allergy it is a total nightmare. 

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want others to suffer just because my child can’t eat something,...

Posted on December 07, 2016 at 9:48 AM by Cate White