Eat Right: Dietary Guidelines to Curb Childhood Obesity

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Childhood obesity is one common health issue our society faces, with more than 3 million U.S. cases being reported per year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, childhood obesity has more than doubled in children and quadrupled in adolescents in the past 30 years.

The Mayo Clinic warns that childhood obesity can lead to diabetes in kids and young adults as well as high blood pressure and cholesterol, leading to further health complications. The bad news is there may be no symptoms other than weight that’s above normal to warn parents of a child’s obesity level.

The good news is, childhood obesity is treatable.

“Improving the entire family’s diet and exercise habits is one of the best ways to achieve a healthy weight in the child,” the Mayo Clinic says.

Dr. Joanna Dolgoff, MD, child obesity specialist for “The Biggest Loser” and author of “Red Light, Green Light, Eat Right,” says improving a child’s diet does not have to be an arduous task. “Little changes add up to big nutritional gains,” she says.

In her “10 Easy Ways to Improve Your Child’s Diet” article on doctoroz.com, Dr. Dolgoff provides quick, easy steps to makeover your child’s diet and prevent weight gain.

To start, Dr. Dolgoff suggests not allowing junk food in the house.

“If it isn’t in the house, your kids can’t eat it. Or at least they will have a more difficult time getting their hands on it,” she says. “Your first line of defense starts at the grocery store. Leave your kids at home when you are grocery shopping, if possible.

Make a list before you leave your house and stick to it. Don’t get distracted by the tempting treats in the market. Buy healthy snacks to keep at home and save the junk for when you are out and can’t avoid it.”

Dr. Dolgoff also says don’t let your kids drink their calories with sugary beverages, especially found in soda and juices. Replace sugary drinks with water or flavored seltzers. Also, pay attention to portion size and overeating — everything in moderation — and don’t always stick to the “clean plate club.”

“The best thing you can teach your children is to eat when they are hungry and stop when they are full. Do not push your kids to eat more than they need, even if you think they have not eaten enough,” Dr. Dolgoff says.

Natural foods, in their purest forms, such as fruits, vegetables, meats and grains should make up the bulk of your child’s diet, according to the doctor. Consider low-fat or fat-free cheese, yogurt and milk to help cut down on regular dairy products containing saturated fat, known to cause heart disease. Also, avoid fried foods and grill or bake when possible.

“Save the fast foods and processed foods for occasional treats. My rule of thumb: If you can’t easily pronounce all the ingredients on the food label, skip it!”

New Jammies Whale PJ BeachMeal planning helps to manage calories and sugar intake. Dr. Dolgoff notes that cooking over the weekend helps with the hustle and bustle of eating healthy on school nights. Keeping kids moving with daily activities that increase movement is also helpful in improving your kid’s health.

“Encourage family walks and bike rides. Grab a ball and play some basketball,” Dr. Dolgoff says. “When going to a store, pick the worst parking spot so you have to walk further to get to your destination. Ban elevators; take the stairs instead.”

In short, eat right, play right, sleep tight.

To learn more about tips for preventing childhood obesity for parents and caregivers, read this American Heart Association Healthy Kids article.

 

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Sleep Tight: Back-to-School Sleep Habits

 

New Jammies is getting ready for back to school, helping kids with nighttime gear in our fun, 100% organic cotton pajamas. Plus we have some great tips on a good night’s sleep for back to school.

This school year features updates on sleep recommendations for kids by the American Academy of Pediatrics, through recommendations developed by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine. The consensus group of 13 sleep medicine experts and researchers recommend:

• Infants 4 to 12 months – 12 to 16 hours of sleep every 24 hours (including naps).*

• Children 1 to 2 years – 11 to 14 hours of sleep every 24 hours (including naps).

• Children 3 to 5 years – 10 to 13 hours of sleep every 24 hours (including naps).

• Children 6 to 12 years – 9 to 12 hours of sleep every 24 hours.

• Teens 13 to 18 years – 8 to 10 hours of sleep every 24 hours.

*Recommendations for babies younger than 4 months not reported because of the wide range normalcy in sleep patterns in newborns, and there isn’t enough research to back up guidance in the youngest of infants.

Other sleep recommendations that remain consistent as kids return to school is to go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day, and avoid blue light emitted from phones, tablets, and computers at night. That can be said for kids as well as adults.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies, toddlers, and younger children should have a regular, structured bedtime routine, including reading books together and brushing teeth, as well as going to bed at the same time every evening.

The academy also suggests the 4 B’s of Bedtime to best prepare for a proper night’s sleep. ​​​

“The reality of habits is that (a) they can be hard to break and (b) they are not always bad. Take away one habit and you often need to find something to take its place,” says the AAP. In the case of the bedtime breast or bottle, be reassured that we don’t intend to leave you empty-handed once you take away your baby’s primary source of bedtime comfort.”

These 4 B’s of Bedtime offer a soothing substitute proven to be one of the AAP’s most tried-and-true routines for bedtime success — both for babies and older children.

• Bathing. Baths are a soothing, hygienic, and decisive way of separating the evening’s eating activities from sleeping. No way around it — only the unbelievably fatigued child will sleep his way through a bath. That means that when feeding time is over, your child will get the message that eating is not in any way, shape, or form a cue to go to sleep.

• Brushing. Whether you choose to brush your child’s teeth (or gums) right after the last feeding or just before the actual bedtime itself, we strongly encourage you to get in the habit of having a toothbrush (or washcloth or gauze) be the last thing in your baby’s mouth at night (other than, perhaps, a clean pacifier during the first year as an added method of sudden infant death syndrome prevention).

• Books. We’ve found nothing more suitable as a breast/bottle stand-in than books at bedtime. Since you don’t want food or drink to become your child’s bedtime source of comfort, books can serve as the perfect cue that it’s time to cuddle up and go to sleep. Think about what happens when you’re tired and you try to read?

• Bingo—you fall asleep. When it comes to lifelong healthy habits, we can’t think of a better one.
Bedtime. Short of drugging kids (which we don’t condone, no matter how tired or tempted you might be), it’s mighty hard to force a child to fall asleep. We suggest you stop trying and instead stick to implementing a routine time for your child to get ready for and get into bed. Once you’ve set the stage so that bathing, brushing, and books signal bedtime, you should just let your child fall asleep independently. Sure, this may involve some additional challenges, protests, and even the need to consult additional parenting resources (of which, we can assure you, there are many), but in the end we have always found that if you do a good job of making the bed, your child will learn to lie in it.

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Sleep Tight to Summer’s End

Gearing up for back to school takes plenty of rest, so help those little ones sleep tight through the night while their big brothers and sisters make the most of the end-of-summer sun. Through August 15, enjoy 20% off Sleep Sacks and Toddler Footies for a great night’s sleep. Our Classic Stripes sleep sacks, seen here, are a popular print this season. Shop online for Sleep Sacks and Toddler Footies today and receive 20% off (code? DREAM056).