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The Checkup Archive: Kids' health

Ranch dressing revisited

Ranch is often offered to children along with cut-up vegetables or baby carrots. Like the spoonful of sugar that makes the medicine go down, the ranch dip makes vegetables more palatable to kids who might otherwise shun them. But full-fat ranch is high in fat and calories, and reduced-fat versions are packed with sodium. Is it really such a great idea to induce kids to eat vegetables by loading those carrot sticks with such nutrition-unfriendly glop?

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | March 8, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Childhood obesity, Dietary Guidelines, Family Health, Kids' health, Nutrition and Fitness, Parenting, School Nutrition, Sodium  
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New data on crib injuries

What hasn't been tallied until this study is the number of non-fatal, but often quite serious, injuries to babies who have been placed in cribs, playpens or bassinets. An average of 26 such injuries per day occurred during the time studied, most (66 percent) involving falls, usually from cribs (83 percent) and most commonly affecting the head or neck (40 percent).

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | February 16, 2011; 6:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Family Health, Infant health, Kids' health, Motherhood, Parenting, Prevention, Sleep  
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Study warns against energy drinks for kids, teens

A study in Monday's edition of the journal Pediatrics spells out everything you need to know about energy drinks, particularly the risks they pose to the young people who are most inclined to use them. Read it, and you'll never look at those drinks as benign products again.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | February 15, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Cardiovascular Health, Dietary supplements, Family Health, Kids' health, Nutrition and Fitness, Sleep, Teens, heart failure  
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On energy drinks, a voice of caution -- and reason

The thing I most appreciate about this JAMA editorial is its clear-headed presentation of information without an accompanying demand for government regulation. Its stance seems to be that the public (and the health professionals who advise the public) needs to be aware of the potential risks of energy drinks -- not that people shouldn't be allowed to enjoy energy drinks if they so choose. And there is, thankfully, no mention of an energy-drink tax.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | February 10, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Alcohol and Drugs, FDA, Family Health, Kids' health, Parenting, Pregnancy, Teens  
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Teen birth rate hits historic low

The long decline in teen births, which had stalled for two years, seems to be back on track, federal health officials announced Wednesday.

By Rob Stein  | February 2, 2011; 11:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Family Health, Kids' health, Motherhood, Parenting, Pregnancy, Reproductive Health, STDs, Sex, Teens, Women's Health  
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Got milk? What kind?

I'm pretty sure that today's "Eat, Drink and Be Healthy" column about whether it's okay to drink whole milk (as opposed to a lower-fat or nonfat variety) will attract comments from people who believe that humans have no business drinking cow's milk in the first place. But for better or worse, most of us have grown up drinking milk, and mainstream nutrition experts maintain that cow's milk is an excellent source of nutrients that we humans need.

By Jennifer LaRue Huget  | January 25, 2011; 7:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (20)
Categories:  Dietary Guidelines, Kids' health, Nutrition and Fitness, Parenting, Women's Health  
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Older Entries in This Category »

Modern Family: When kids walk in during sex, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 20, 2011
U.K. experts question 6 months of exclusive breastfeeding, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 17, 2011
Federal Food Pyramid prompts a lawsuit by PCRM, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 11, 2011
Autism/vaccine link: Another nail in the coffin, Jennifer LaRue Huget , January 6, 2011
One embryo good for IVF, study finds, Rob Stein , December 22, 2010
CSPI helps mom sue McDonald's over Happy Meal toys, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 16, 2010
Relax, parents. Your kids don't care what you eat., Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 13, 2010
Keeping caffeine from kids, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 9, 2010
Food-allergy guidelines released, Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 6, 2010
Babies on diets? Now I've heard it all., Jennifer LaRue Huget , December 2, 2010
Used too long, pacifiers may harm speech, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 18, 2010
Kids get an eyeful of fast-food marketing, Jennifer LaRue Huget , November 8, 2010
Tracking trick-or-treaters, Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 25, 2010
Is that right? Scarrots for trick-or-treaters?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 22, 2010
Could your kid go without Facebook for a month? Could you?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 18, 2010
Homemade baby food: worth the fuss?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , October 12, 2010
Do abortions cause depression?, Rob Stein , September 24, 2010
Is that right? Mott's Medleys are magic, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 24, 2010
Could a childhood infection trigger obesity?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 20, 2010
New sex education data released , Rob Stein , September 15, 2010
A better way to dry, Jennifer LaRue Huget , September 9, 2010
A proper fit for your kid's backpack , Jennifer LaRue Huget , August 17, 2010
Report: Kids need to get out more, Jennifer LaRue Huget , August 9, 2010
Local drownings highlight need for water-safety lessons, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 26, 2010
Is that right? Silly Bandz are bad for kids' health?, Jennifer LaRue Huget , July 16, 2010
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