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Taking Care of Your Child’s Teeth
Dental hygiene should start before your child gets his or her first tooth. You can wipe the baby’s gums with a soft damp cloth after feedings helps to prevent the buildup of bacteria. When teeth appear, you can use a soft children's toothbrush twice a day. It also discusses how to care for kids’ teeth when they are preschoolers, which includes using fluoride toothpaste and only a pea-sized amount. The use of fluoride tablets is also discussed, as is your child’s potential to get cavities.

10 Reasons Why Parents Take Healthy Children to Chiropractors
Dr. Jennifer Barham-Floreani discusses the ten reasons why there are parents who still bring their children to Doctors of Chiropractic (DCs) even if they are healthy. But first, the post noted that chiropractic care is not a cure to any health challenge but rather to ensure that the nervous system has all the opportunities to communicate clearly and work effectively. Dr. Jen also suggests that babies can be checked by chiropractors very soon after birth. Some of the reasons mentioned are to encourage good brain and nerve development, and to help strengthen a child’s immunity.

Is Your Child Shy?
Many children experience shyness at some point or another, so this site provides information for sensitive children. A section for kids and tweens, teens, parents and teachers is included. This is a wonderful resource especially for teachers, who deal with plenty of children every day. The site also includes books and information about making friends and avoiding social anxiety disorder.

Kids Health Facts: What You Should Know
This website, YourChild Development & Behavior Resources from the University of Michigan Health system is a comprehensive guide to information and support for parents. The information is provided in an A to Z format. If some important topic is missing, we couldn't find it. Some information pieces have interesting facts on kids health, such as the average child gets less than 15 minutes of vigorous activity everyday, and the average U.S. child gets about 43 minutes of moderate physical activity everyday. In addition, the average U.S. child spends about 20 percent of his or her time watching TV. It also discusses the most popular physical education offerings for kids, and talks about kids health with respect to ethnic diversity.

Dental Health in Children: What you Should Know
Because child dental care is vital, it’s good to know what conditions face your child. This site brings you health information and statistics regarding your kid’s dental care. A section on prevention and screening is included, which gives parents tips on how to brush their kid’s teeth, how to get your child for a dentist, and if your child needs fluoride. Sealants, which are popular in preventing tooth decay and cavities in kids, are also discussed in separate links. Other sections offer pictures and diagrams, as well as information on treatment, dental conditions and overviews of dental conditions.

Complete Teen Health: One Issue at a Time
This site has plenty of links to help you get expert advice on keeping your kids healthy, and how to care for them when they are sick. Topics include eating proper foods, teen health, sports and fitness for kids and teens, asthma attacks, diabetes, signs of eye problems, caffeine, smoking, drugs and alcohol, caring for infants, battling colds, and when to determine if your child should stay home. A wealth of information is here to help you keep your kids healthy.

Home Safety Resources
Offers valuable advice and ideas to make your home a safer place, especially for kids and senior members.

Chiropractors Can Be Good for Children
Chiropractic care doesn't have to be just for adults—this web site says kids can benefit as well. If you're looking for information on the practice of chiropractic as a family option, you'll find that perspective here. The page includes a link to general chiropractic information—what it is and who benefits from this kind of care, as well as frequently asked questions. Readers can also find insight as to why children can benefit from a trip to the chiropractor though the "Children's Page" link.

What is Lactose Intolerance?
Lactose intolerance is the body’s inability to digest significant amounts of lactose, the major sugar found in milk. Lactose intolerance is caused by a shortage of the enzyme lactase, which is produced by the cells that line the small intestine. This enzyme breaks down milk sugar into two simpler forms called glucose and galactose, which are then absorbed into the bloodstream. This site also discusses how to balance lactose intolerance with nutrition and eating healthy foods, and how lactose intolerance can be treated.

Favorite Quotes

Health is the second blessing that we mortals are capable of—a blessing that money cannot buy.

—Izaak Walton (1593–1683)

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