5 Nutrients That Should Be in All of Your Kids’ Meals

It can seem overwhelming to think of all the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients kids need to be healthy. Harder yet is making sure your picky kid not only gets them in every meal but eats them as well! While our children might seem to be eating healthy, shockingly, it has been reported that up to 99% of some age groups are low on one or more of these vital nutrients. As you read, you will see that there are some easy and delicious foods you can add to meals to ensure your child is getting what he or she needs.

 

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is necessary in our kids’ diets because it is an important antioxidant. Antioxidants protect cells from being damaged by oxidation caused by free radicals. It can prevent many long-term diseases, and it’s great for the immune system. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides an information which shows how much Vitamin E your child should be getting based on his or her age. You can make sure to get Vitamin E in your child’s meals by serving nuts, green vegetables like broccoli and spinach, peanut butter, avocado, tomato sauces, and fortified cereals.

 

Iron

Iron is necessary for hemoglobin to transport oxygen to the rest of your child’s body. Not only is it important for body function, but an iron deficiency can lead to a greater chance of lead poisoning. Lack of iron can cause the body to absorb the lead more readily. Baby formula is usually fortified with iron for good reason. Iron can also be found in meats, dark leafy greens, raisins, and iron-fortified breads, cereal, and pasta. At times, your child may need even more iron than is recommended. Young athletes, children who are experiencing rapid growth, are teen girls experiencing menstruation might need an extra dose of iron. Check with your doctor to make sure they are getting enough.

 

Fiber

Fiber may not be the first thing you think of when you think of your children’s nutrient needs. Fiber is great for aiding digestion and keeping your kid regular. Not only that, but it’s great for long-term health, lowering cholesterol and preventing diabetes. You can make sure your child gets what he or she needs by adding fruits and vegetables, whole grain breads and cereals, almonds, and beans to their meals.

 

Potassium

Make sure your nutrition meals consist of potassium. Potassium is a very beneficial mineral found in bananas, oranges, milk, yogurt, potatoes, and prunes. It helps stabilize water in their growing body and offsets dehydration. Your kids’ bodies need potassium to help their muscles move and nerves to work. Your child needs anywhere from 400mg/day to 4,700mg/day depending on their age.

 

Calcium

It shouldn’t be a surprise that we need to keep our kids’ bone health in mind while they are constantly growing. Not only is calcium necessary for strong bones, but it also assists muscles and nerves, and it helps the body deliver enzymes and hormones necessary for proper body function. Children 1 to 3 years old should be getting 700mg of calcium daily. 4 to 8-year-olds need 1,000mg a day, and 9-18-year-olds need 1,300mg. Milk, yogurt, cheese, fortified cereals and orange juice, beans, broccoli, and even ice cream are great sources of calcium.

Many of the foods your child already knows and loves contain many of the vital vitamins and minerals necessary for their health. Keep in mind these 5 specifically, and make sure to provide the foods that contain them in every meal. A happy, healthy child will be your reward.

 

5 Ways to Treat a Child’s Earache

There’s nothing quite so miserable as a child with an earache. The worst is when the ache starts in the middle of the night; both you and your child are in for a sleepless night unless you can get the pain under control. If the pain is severe, you can take your child to a facility like Emergency Care Dynamics for help; however, you might want to try one of the following home remedies first.

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5 Fun Games to Keep Energetic Children Busy During a Long Wait

The unexpected can throw a stick in the spokes for little ones who thrive on routine. Sometimes we have to move out of a home while work is being done, or a parent might have to be away unexpectedly on a business trip. These kinds of bumps in the road have a greater effect on children than adults, especially young ones. When your child has a long wait ahead of her, it’s important to find the fun; this will make it much easier on all the members of the family. Try out some of these fun games and ideas to help you while away the time while you wait for life to get back to normal.

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4 Impactful Strategies You Can Use To Help Your Kid In School

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Every child has their own way of learning. If you tap into this learning process the right way, it can make all the difference in how your child develops and grows along with their education. While many strategies exist to help your child excel, it is those learning strategies that complement your child’s innate learning process that will produce the best results. Fortunately, because young minds are able to learn new skills, certain learning strategies exist that will augment any child’s ability to move towards the head of their class. Here are four such strategies that will impact your child’s performance in school. Continue reading “4 Impactful Strategies You Can Use To Help Your Kid In School”

Keep Them Learning: Top Ways to Connect Your Kids with History This Summer

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A child’s summer vacation can be a long, idle playtime, but it can also be an opportunity for them to grow and learn. Discovering history can be a fun pastime that doesn’t require a lot of reading or study to experience. With a little planning and investigation, you can find interesting resources to lure them away from the TV and video games. It could be a welcome distraction from boredom to introduce them to family, local, or world history. Here are some ways to connect your kids with history this summer:
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Listen to Your Dentist: Start Taking Care of Your Kids’ Teeth at an Early Age

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Dental problems can occur at the very early age in children. Parents should consider the fact that babies who don’t have teeth yet also need complete dental care. Dentists suggest that to every parent so that bacteria will not generate inside their tiny mouth. There are few mandatory things that every dentist suggests to the parents for their kids’ dental care. Also, it must be considered that these procedures should be done from the very early age of the kids.
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Top Superfoods Kids Should Eat

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As a parent, you should be sure that your child’s diet is as beneficial as possible, and one way of doing this is to make sure that they are eating plenty of superfoods every week.

Superfoods are natural foods that are filled with healthy qualities and are highly digestible. These foods help to improve the immune system, build strong bones, and maintain optimal health.
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Avoiding Injury: 5 Things You Can Do To Keep Your Kids Safe

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One of the most important concerns for parents is keeping their kids safe whether they’re spending time at home, at school or on the playground. Although it’s impossible to control every move that your child makes, there are ways to ensure that they’re safe. Parents who need peace of mind can take a few necessary steps to protect their little ones from danger.
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Raising Brainiacs: 5 Tips For Finding The Best Education For Your Kids


Right from the moment your child gains cognition of things around them, they will look for stimulation around them, amusing colors; they will start to recognize the familiar and unfamiliar voices of those around them and try to understand the world around them. The first few years of your child’s personal discovery are the best time to identify skills and nurture their creativity. You need to entrust their physical, comfort, and intellectual growth to a school with good repute, international acclamation and a track record of producing the best talents and a good example is the Miniapple International Montessori Schools.
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Struggling Through Divorce: 4 Tips For Helping Your Kids Understand The Process

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Divorce isn’t just difficult for the married couple, it can be difficult for just about anyone involved. Friends, relatives, and children especially may find it harrowing to deal with a drastic life change like divorce. Kids are not as emotionally equipped to deal with a divorce as adults are. They may feel helpless about the situation or upset that they no longer spend as much time with one parent. To help your children through the divorce, here is some advice to keep in mind.
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