We all know how hard it can be to get kids excited about veggies instead of French fries, outdoor activities instead of video games, and keeping their pearly whites, well, pearly. Findlay Area Family asked medical experts in the area to help you help your kids be healthy!
Blanchard Valley Pediatrics
A balanced diet is essential for a child’s overall health. And, unfortunately, when they’re not sitting at your dining room table, it’s hard to make sure they’re eating the right things. Dr. Ami Orr tells us how to encourage kids to make good choices for themselves.
“Parents can encourage their children to eat healthy by setting an example and modeling healthy food behaviors. Don’t have junk food in the house—refuse to buy it and don’t eat it in front of the kids. Parents can help by sitting down at the table for dinner and making mealtime a social situation. Once the child is old enough, have them help with food preparation–even the younger kids can put veggies on a plate.”
Getting through the winter months without children getting the cold or flu is enough to make most moms do a victory dance. Dr. Orr discussed effective ways to make sure there’s more time enjoying winter activities and less time spent home sick from school.
“The flu shot for children is an option for parents. The advantages of getting the flu shot absolutely outweigh the risks. Influenza is as dangerous for the young as it is for the old. The more people that are vaccinated, the less likely influenza is going to spread to others. Mothers who are breast feeding can get a flu vaccination and pass some of that immunity to the child, but no one under the age of six months can be vaccinated. Pregnant woman can and should get the injectable flu vaccination.”
1818 Chapel Dr., Findlay;
Toledo Clinic ENT
Sinus Center of Excellence
Dr. Christopher Perry focuses on important topics for your children when it comes to their ears, nose and throat. Children are susceptible to various problems with their ears, nose, and throat and in fact, more than 80 percent of children will experience an ear infection by age three.
“Children should be examined for ear, nose and throat health by a family doctor or pediatrician at least once a year. Every child receives a newborn hearing screening at birth. But if a child exhibits speech delay or if a parent suspects a hearing deficit, then a hearing test can be done at any time. If a child demonstrates a pattern of recurrent ear infections or tonsillitis, which are the most common problems seen in children, then an ENT consultation may be indicated. A set of ear tubes or tonsillectomy may break the cycle of ear infections or sore throat and lead to an improved quality of life for children. Because children are so prone to upper airway infections, a preventative measure parents can take is to encourage children to wash their hands or use a hand sanitizer. Parents should look out for signs and symptoms such as sinus drainage, fever, nasal congestion, sore throat, bad breath and cough which may indicate a sinus infection.”
5800 Park Center Ct., Toledo
Drs. Badik & Badik
The air is filled with pollutants, dust mites and pollen that give your little ones the sniffles and sneezes all too often. Dr. Jill Badik gives helpful tips on how to keep them more comfortable during allergy season and healthy throughout the year.
“Keeping kids healthy starts with making sure they get plenty of rest and eat healthy. Most children need eight to ten hours of sleep a night. This allows the body time to recover and rest from anything that it might be trying to fight off. Eating healthy foods and drinking plenty of fluids (water, juice, and milk) allows the body to have the proper nutrition to fight off any infections. Hand washing frequently throughout the day is also a good rule of thumb. Multivitamins are helpful, especially if a child is a picky eater and does not eat enough servings of fruits and vegetables. I recommend any over the counter vitamins; the Chewables are more popular with younger children.
The most common type of allergy is to pollens and dust. Allergies are caused by an overactive immune system that makes the body respond to the allergen as though it is trying to cause an infection in the body. To prevent children from developing bad allergies, a parent would need to try to reduce the exposure to the allergen as much as possible. Also, they can treat mild allergy symptoms with an antihistamine like Claritin or Zyrtec which can prevent the body from producing an over-reaction to the allergen when it comes in contact. A majority of the time, it is difficult to prevent bad allergies. At times, allergy shots are needed.”
455 W. 4th St., Suite 100, Fostoria,
Northwest Ohio Orthopedic and Sports Medicine
Taking care of our bones doesn’t stop with drinking a glass of milk every day. Dr. John Kaufman explains why it’s important for kids to have good posture, remain active, and eat the right things to help them stand taller and play harder.
“Make sure that the kids have a balanced diet—lots of fruits and vegetables, and a good choice of dairy products throughout the day. If they’re lactose intolerant, avoid the dairy, but they can still get a lot of the calcium through the dark green vegetables, like kale, broccoli, and spinach. Posture and stretching is very important for active kids. By having good posture, it helps them hold their head up high, giving them a confident air and helping them have a brighter outlook on life. By avoiding slouching, they will be less likely to pinch nerves, aiding nerve transmission by keeping the signal going down the nerves; resulting in improved balance. Proper balance can prevent falls, which can cause a wide array of issues, like muscle tears or fractures. Having good posture can keep them happy, healthy, and active!”
7595 County Rd. 236, Findlay; 419-427-3117