Nutrition

Holiday Health Tips - Franklin, TN

How to Stay Healthy This Holiday Season

The best way to prevent the spread of germs this holiday season is by incorporating healthy and hygienic practices into your daily routine. Most often, germs are transmitted through physical contact and the exchange of bodily fluids. Organisms and bacteria can survive for short periods of time on everyday objects that are frequently touched, such

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breastfeeding Benefits

The Benefits of Breastfeeding

Many mothers choose to breastfeed their infants, and there are many benefits to choosing this route. While alternatives to breastfeeding certainly exist and are in some cases necessary for babies with milk allergies and other medical concerns, the benefits of breastfeeding are undeniable. If you are expecting a baby in the near future or recently

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What to do for choking baby

Emergency Tips for Choking

It is the goal of every parent to keep their children safe and happy. Most parents would go to great lengths to protect their children from harm, but, in some cases, it is unavoidable. Young children tend to have issues with chewing and swallowing as they develop those skills, so it is not uncommon for

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Heart Health for Kids - Pediatric Associates of Franklin

Heart Health For Kids

Many parents wonder if they should be concerned about their kids’ heart health. They assume children are too young to understand what it takes to maintain a healthy heart, and there will be time to address that issue as their children grow.

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Breastfeeding - Franklin, TN

Breast Feeding Your Newborn

Breastfeeding is supported enthusiastically by parents and pediatricians. Breast milk is universally nutritious and agreeable. The encounter between mother and baby at nursing time is emotionally satisfying to both. In most nurseries, healthy newborns are allowed to nurse immediately after birth. We do recommend breastfeeding infants receive a vitamin D supplement.  Discuss this issue with

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Infant Nutrition Guide - Pediatric Associates of Franklin

Nutrition Guide for 6-12 Month Olds

The most important thing to remember when considering nutrition for your child is that children eat food not calories. Many parents make their job harder than it should be by forcing their child to eat either the “right” foods or the “right” amount. A parent’s job is simply to provide appropriate balanced nutrition which means offering the right foods not forcing them.

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Toddler Nutrition - Pediatric Associates of Franklin

A Nutrition Guide for Your Toddler

The most important thing to remember when considering nutrition for your child is that children eat food not calories. Many parents make their job harder than it should be by forcing their child to eat either the “right” foods or the “right” amount. A parent’s job is simply to provide appropriate balanced nutrition.

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Toddler Table Food Transition - Pediatric Associates of Franklin

Trouble Transitioning To Table Food

Leaving pureed baby foods and offering solids after 9 months can be one of the most fun parts of feeding children.  Some children have trouble making the transition.  Does your older infant (9 months and up) have these problems? Eating solids? Refusing the spoon? Immediately spitting out food? If your child is having these problems

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Infant Food Allergies - Pediatric Associates of Franklin

Food Allergies

Food allergies are more common in young children (five percent in kids under three years of age) than in adults and identifying potential food allergies is easier if foods are introduced one at a time. Food allergies present in a variety of ways from itchy rashes, to abdominal complaints (pain, vomiting, diarrhea), to swelling of the lips or mouth, or to life threatening reactions (more common with peanut or shellfish).

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Pediatric Associates of Franklin

Cholesterol Issues

Does your child have high cholesterol?   Our bodies need cholesterol. We can’t live without it. But a high level of cholesterol is too much of a good thing. The best way to control your cholesterol is to make wise food choices and get enough exercise. Your first step is to identify those foods with

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Visit our library to choose from over 100 symptoms and read more about managing your child’s illness. Our practice is focused on assisting families in the health and wellness of their children. We are available for consultation, prevention and treatment of the physical and emotional health concerns of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.

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