Starting Conversations With Your Kids About Health

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One of the best ways to show our children that we love them is to take an interest in their lives. 

To do this, many parents make an effort to start conversations with their kids about health. Your conversation might go something like this:

I’ve noticed you haven’t been feeling good lately… What’s going on? 

You don’t seem very active these days, are you eating enough? 

How are your allergies/ asthma doing these days? 

What are your thoughts on exercise?

These questions can help you identify some of the underlying causes for any symptoms of 

illness or change in behavior. Often talking about feelings and emotions will lead to talking about health needs.

One of the best ways to ensure that your kids are getting the health care they need is to make 

sure they are taking their medication. This can be difficult at times, especially when medications 

come in pill form or when your kids don’t like the way the medicine tastes.

But one of the best ways to make sure they take their medicine is by giving it with food, as this 

makes it much less noticeable, and therefore less annoying. In fact, giving medicine with food can also help you to remember to take it.

A great way to give your child a choice about taking medication is to present it as a treat. For 

example: “Do you want your medicine now or after dinner?” This will give them a chance to 

choose and will avoid the argument of “no, I don’t want my medicine.” You also avoid the 

argument of “I’m not sick” which some kids (like some adults) like to use as an excuse for not taking their medicine.

Allergy shots are different than other medications because they work by making your immune 

system less sensitive to some substances. So if the allergy shots don’t seem to be working as 

well as you’d like, it could be that you need a higher dose. In this case, it’s a good idea to check with your health care provider.

Infections can be very serious for those with weakened immune systems. So if your child has 

been exposed to someone who has a cold or flu, or even just a cold sore, take them in for a quick checkup to make sure they don’t have an infection.

Title: Pregnancy and Nutrition

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Pregnancy is a time of great joy, but it can also present many challenges, especially in terms of 

nutrition. As your body changes and weight gain is inevitable, you may find yourself eating more 

or less than usual. You may feel hungry all the time or unable to finish a meal. Either way, the 

key to maintaining good nutrition during this time is to eat when you are hungry! Make sure that 

your meals are well balanced and that you are eating enough calories each day. This will help 

ensure that your baby’s growth continues smoothly.

If you have a history of dieting, you may be more likely to have problems with your weight gain 

during pregnancy. Dieting is a risk factor for gestational diabetes and for developing an 

overweight baby after birth. And if you do not gain enough weight during pregnancy, your baby 

will not grow as well. It is important that pregnant women eat healthy foods and follow healthy 

eating habits for themselves and their babies.

In the United States, many women start gaining weight right away in the first trimester of 

pregnancy without eating too much or increasing their calorie intake.

This happens because your body stops making insulin, the hormone that controls how much 

sugar enters the blood. The extra sugar in your blood can cause gestational diabetes. 

Gestational diabetes is different than type 1 or type 2 diabetes because it only occurs during 

pregnancy. It is very common, especially in overweight women who often eat too much food that 

is high in calories and sodium.

Gestational diabetes usually improves after birth when your baby’s body makes insulin again. 

You can also lower your chances of developing gestational diabetes by eating a healthy diet and 

following a healthy pregnancy weight gain plan.

Some women, however, have to take medications to lower their blood sugar levels during 

pregnancy. This requires extra care to check your blood sugars at home and in the doctor’s 

office. The good news is that glucose can be very well controlled with diet, exercise and 


Overeating can also cause you to gain weight too quickly or gain too much weight during 

pregnancy. It is important that you eat regular meals; try not to skip breakfast (this can lead to 

overeating later in the day), make sure you eat healthy snacks which contain fiber like fruits and 



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