Category: Healthy Kid

What Should Parents Take When Traveling With Babies

In fact, a large number of fathers and mothers often meet difficult when preparing to travel with their babies. Aside from the baby bottles, clothes, milk, and diapers. Anything else? Is the best baby bottle sterilizer necessary? Well, going out with babies is not necessary a difficult experience as you thought. Simply, you only need to carry the essential things in order to make sure that you will not meet any mishaps or delays. For babies, parents must ensure things, which help keep them amused. If you still feel confused, you can consult a couple of ideas below:

  • In case you want to store a bottle of pre-mixed formula for a day, you ought to place it in an iced cooler. What about breast milk? You will also apply with the same time of this method. It needs to premeasure formula into the baby bottle. At once, you should also add the cool-boiled water when you need to eliminate a cooler.
  • You must prepare available cartons for formula when babies are ready to drink. There is considered an ideal thing for your journey. Nonetheless, you cannot be enabled taking these packages that come with you. In additional to that, another problem is the formula-sealed containers.

How to tell a balance bike is suitable for you

a boy is riding bike without hands

Right when the hype of balance bike is still in town, the raising demand for a suitable bike comes along. Just like any other commercial products, balance bike brands vary from segmentation: Skuut Balance Bike for toddler, ZÜM-CX balance bike, Janod wooden scooter balance bike… If you are not convinced by the one-size-fits model faltered in marketing, here are some tips for you to pick out the most suitable balance bike.

Exercises For Kids

Kids are now a days very much introvert. Due to having much of the modern technological advancement in recent years, they have found so many things to indulge themselves at home. For this reason, there is a growing concern for not the kids being taken into physical exercises.

So in this article, we will try to elucidate some of the great exercises that can be adopted by the kids enjoyably. Read on and explore, and of course do not forget to implement these great and pleasurable exercises in your kid’s life.

What Made These Exercises Great?

Though we have not mentioned about the exercises yet, we are going to tell you the basic thing about those that will attract your children.

Always try to hand over some exercises to your kids that do not seem to be an exercise to them at all. If your kid thinks that the given things are some sort of exercises, then he or she will have hard time doing those. So it is advisable to consider something playful that can keep them enjoying. Our main goal is that here. We will focus on those types of exercises that are of great pleasure.


Like before, we are bound to place this outdoor activity at the first position as it is a source of great exercise, but what your kid thinks about it? Your kid considers biking as a game, not just an exercise. By the though they do about biking, makes them continue the thing regularly. Another mentionable thing is that kids will be unlikely to do things regularly if they think that are on type of exercise.
So never ever try to focus on the word exercise, rather mention it as an outdoor activity or a game.
Riding a bike gives your child an immense pleasure and makes them do the thing willingly as well. But be aware of the perfect bike for your kid. Initially, at an early stage of your child, you can go for a balance bike. Click Here to read review of balance bikes where from you could grasp some important knowledge about it.
Be cautious about the road or place where your kids will ride the bike. Teach them some primary knowledge of being safe at the time of riding a bike. This will help them prevent much of the risk factors.


Few kids wouldn’t trade all the bicycles and BB guns in the world for the gift of a puppy. As surely as a pup will steal your heart, however, it will break it if not properly cared for. That’s just one of many lessons that a child who is given a pup will learn over time. A dog can be the perfect gift to help teach youngsters about caring for animals and the importance of discipline in general. Kids who learn to care for a dog and understand that the animal relies on them for everything–from food and water to love and guidance–often develop an appreciation for what it takes to be a responsible individual.


Kid Walking with Dog

How far would you go for healthy kids? – Part 4

baby CF sreen


On certain dark days Alyson Babson wonders what the success of genetic screening could mean for the future of her daughter, Maggie. “If we stop having kids with CF,” she asks, “how will we get more drugs and therapies for those who do have it?”

“There is something strange,” adds Biesecker, the genetic counselor, “in that as a society we’re pouring money into cystic-fibrosis research–while pushing abortion of cystic-fibrosis fetuses.”

But experts say there’s little possibility that cystic fibrosis will disappear. “If the purpose of this screening program were to try to eliminate cystic fibrosis, it would be unsuccessful and also inappropriate,” says Michael Mennuti, M.D., the secretary of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. “First of all, the test won’t get to everyone. Some important percentage will decide not to have the test, and some proportion wouldn’t terminate even after prenatal diagnosis. And there will still be an enormous interest in finding the definitive treatment and cure for this disease.”

How far would you go for healthy kids? – Part 3

cystic fibrosis


Prepared for what, some critics of screening ask. “Geneticists talk about `making informed choices,'” says Barbara Biesecker, genetic counselor at the National Human Genome Research Institute in Bethesda, Maryland. “But there are lots of concerns that genetics is just a search-and-destroy mission, which in a sense it is.”

From an insurer’s perspective, the justification for screening thousands of Americans for cystic fibrosis is to save the $1 million or so it costs to provide care for the average CF patient. In other words, screening for the disease doesn’t make much sense unless at least some parents choose to abort.

How far would you go for healthy kids? – Part 2

baby with cf

It’s that ability to choose that makes many other people uncomfortable about the move toward routine screening. That’s because CF isn’t really comparable to many other genetic diseases doctors screen for during pregnancy. To have a child with the genetic disorder known as Tay-Sachs, for instance, is “to have five years of watching a child go downhill with no possibility of intervention,” says Peter Rowley, a geneticist at the University of Rochester in New York.

How far would you go for healthy kids? – Part 1

Rachel, Jenna, and Jared–1-year-old triplets dressed in pink, white, and blue onesies–scoot over the floor of their Durham, North Carolina, home like plump caterpillars, inching toward their 13-year-old sister, Cindy Lynn, and her violin. While their mother struggles to keep the babies from toppling the music stand, Cindy Lynn, a slip of a girl with light brown hair and braces, sight-reads through a Bach concerto.


Watching the triplets in the thrall of their sister and her music, it’s easy to forget a rather strange fact: They were created to be different from her. Like approximately 100 other children around the world, the triplets grew from eggs that were painstakingly harvested, fertilized, and tested in a laboratory to be free of the genetic mutations that cause cystic fibrosis (CF), the disease that has in many ways defined Cindy Lynn’s life.

For couples like the Rays—each of whom carries a single mutation of the gene that causes CF–having children the old-fashioned way is a bit like playing a game of Russian roulette. There’s a one-in-four chance that any child they conceive will inherit two defective copies of the gene, and thus suffer from thick secretions of mucus clogging the lungs, pancreas, and other organs. The Rays took a gamble with two children after Cindy Lynn, and they were lucky: Jason, now 9, and Josh, 6, are both healthy. A few years later, the Rays–he works as a computer engineer, she has a degree in education and homeschools their children–were having trouble conceiving a fourth child. As the couple started looking into various artificial reproductive techniques, they learned that a geneticist could screen their embryos and implant only those free of the mutant genes.

The Rays are opposed to abortion. They understood that scientists would have to fertilize more of Cindy’s eggs than would actually be implanted in her body, and that the non-implanted embryos would never become children. But Cindy and Russell were willing to “split hairs,” as she puts it, in order to guarantee themselves a CF-free child. The two of them haven’t regretted the decision. Early in Cindy’s pregnancy, Cindy Lynn, then 11, had to be hospitalized suddenly with one of the painful lung inflammations that are all too common in cystic fibrosis. “That was good motivation for us,” says her mother, a straightforward, bespectacled 34-year-old who wears her chestnut hair in a neat pageboy. “It wasn’t like we didn’t love Cindy Lynn. But her disease is so hard.”


For several years you’ve been hearing about the day when doctors will take a little blood or a swab of cells from the inside of your cheek, extract the DNA, and put it on a silicon chip to provide a readout of all the illnesses you’re susceptible to. For now, at least, this is a pipe dream: Most diseases are too complex, and their causes too poorly understood, to be predicted merely by examining your genes. Cystic fibrosis is an exception. Since 1989, when scientists discovered the CF gene, we’ve known that two defective copies automatically causes the disease. Not only that, but CF mutations are alarmingly common, especially in Caucasians, of whom one in 29 is a carrier. In September the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists mailed out guidelines instructing its 40,000-plus members to offer CF-gene screening to all pregnant Caucasian women. If a woman tests positive, her husband is tested; if he is also positive, the fetus can be screened. Eventually more than a million couples a year are expected to be screened for CF.

Many people welcome the chance to make the choice the Rays did.

Dena Moore wishes screening for the disease had been routine when she was pregnant with her now 2-year-old son, Jacob. He was 4 months old when Moore, 38, found out he had cystic fibrosis. “Jacob will never be mentally retarded, he’ll never be crippled, and I love him more than life itself, but I still would rather have had the opportunity to choose,” says Moore.

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Lesson from the Schools

The “Healthy Kids, Healthy Schools” promotional campaign by Consumers Union, is helping boost enrollment of uninsured schoolchildren in California. Participation in the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program and state Medi-Cal has helped buffer the poor from the loss of insurance since welfare reform.
Last year, we told you about “Healthy Kids, Healthy Schools,” unique pilot projects that Consumers Union helped spearhead in several schools in the San Francisco area. The goal: to get more children signed up for government health-insurance programs.


These projects and others have been so promising that Consumers Union now recommends school-based outreach as an ideal way to boost enrollment in government health-insurance programs, as described in our new report, “A Golden Opportunity: Improving Children’s Health Through California’s Schools.” While the study highlights our efforts in California, the findings apply nationally.

The pilot projects, funded by the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, were launched as federal and state officials began expanding government health-insurance programs for the children of low-income families, mainly through the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). A continuing problem, however, has been the lack of enrollment in CHIP and Medi-Cal, California’s Medicaid program. Of the more than 2 million uninsured children in California, for example, roughly 1.5 million eligible kids have remained uninsured–a higher number and percentage than in any other state in the nation. Barriers include everything from confusing paperwork to the unfounded fear that participation will jeopardize parents’ immigration status.

To increase enrollment in the insurance programs, some schools designated “application assistance days,” during which school staff helped parents sign up their kids, targeted possible candidates through the school lunch program, and used parent and student volunteers to talk to potentially eligible parents and students. Individual schools have reported hundreds of new enrollees because of such efforts, although it is impossible to determine their full impact because the state does not track enrollment gains to specific outreach efforts.

The report recommends that:

* Eligibility should be aligned with other public-assistance programs such as Head Start and the school lunch and food stamps programs, so families don’t have to provide duplicate paperwork and waste time getting enrolled.

* Officials should allow for experimentation through various pilot projects: Depending on the school, some outreach efforts may work better than others.

* States should assess the impact of outreach projects on health-insurance enrollment to determine which forms of outreach are most effective.

* School-based efforts should be institutionalized to build long-lasting, self-sustaining enrollment. School districts, however, would need funding to support these efforts.

* More research is needed to explore the ties between health insurance and school performance.

Consumers Union’s report and other related information are available online at and at a special “Healthy Kids, Healthy Schools” web site,

A disturbing footnote: Despite effective school-based outreach, the report notes that there were more uninsured California children last year than before government insurance programs expanded. That’s because so many children lost their Medi-Cal coverage in the wake of welfare reform several years earlier.

Healthy kids, healthy schools

Consumers Union is working with several Bay Area, CA, schools to enroll eligible children in the expanding, but little-used, federal Children’s Health Insurance Program. Half of the 1.85 million US uninsured children are not enrolled for health care programs that they qualify for.

Unique experiments are occurring at the 49ers Academy Middle School and at Richmond High School in the San Francisco area–and they have nothing to do with biology or chemistry lab.


Both public schools are working with Consumers Union on a challenge:

How to get the word out to students’ families about government health-insurance programs for which their children may now qualify.

Throughout the country, states have been creating or expanding health-insurance programs for children, thanks to the federal Children’s Health Insurance Program, which allocates $24 billion over five years for such efforts. Up to now, many of the nation’s 11 million uninsured children and teens have fallen through the cracks because their parents made too much money to qualify for traditional Medicaid, but too little to afford other coverage.

Getting parents to sign up their kids is a bigger problem than it may seem. In California, for example, more than half of an estimated 1.85 million uninsured children are actually eligible for state and federal health programs, according to a report released in January by the University of California. But the programs continue to be underenrolled, in part because the application process can be confusing and parents don’t know their children qualify.

Consumers Union’s “Healthy Kids, Healthy Schools” project targets schools because that’s the best way to reach most eligible children and their siblings. And a mechanism already exists for registering kids in free and reduced-price lunch programs, though eligibility rules differ.

“It makes so much sense that schools are part of the answer,” says Betsy Imholz, director of Consumers Union’s West Coast office. “When children are sick because they don’t get preventive health care, or when they have to wait all day at a public clinic, they fall behind.” Increasingly, schools are graded on student performance, and state-funding formulas are tied to attendance figures.

At Richmond High, Consumers Union will help students themselves develop a campaign to promote government health programs. At the 49ers Academy, all school families will be contacted and offered help to enroll. For schools statewide, Consumers Union helped develop an application request form for the health programs that will be mailed to families with information about school lunch programs. These efforts were financed through grants totaling $150,000 from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.