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By contactus@imilfordpediatrics.com
November 25, 2015
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THANK YOU!

November 25th, 2015

 

This Thanksgiving we want to send out an extra special thank you to all of our patients and families! We are so thankful that you trust us to play an important role in your lives by keeping your family healthy!

We wish everyone  a Happy Thanksgiving!

By contactus@imilfordpediatrics.com
November 21, 2015
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5 Tips to Keep Your Family Healthy This Thanksgiving

November 21, 2015

 

 

Trying to keep your kids on a healthy schedule during the holiday’s can be difficult, we know! With Thanksgiving just around the corner we want to give you some tips on how to keep the whole family healthy throughout the holiday season!

 

1. Carve Out Time for Physical Activity

Start the morning out with a family walk and enjoy a family game of football, soccer, or any team sport before dinner! This is a great way to connect with the family, while also adding some physical activity into the day for a healthier holiday.

 

2. Start the Day with a Healthy Breakfast

By beginning the day with a healthy breakfast you can help prevent overeating throughout the day! Try eggs, fruit, and whole-wheat toast to kick start the day!

 

3. Eat Healthy Snacks

In addition to eating a healthy breakfast, prevent overindulging at dinner by eating healthy snacks during the day. Fruit or nuts will help hold the family over until the turkey is ready!

 

4. Make Multiple Veggie Dishes and Control Portions for Dinner

Thanksgiving dinner can be a learning opportunity to help your kids understand portion sizes. Try making a few different vegetables for your child to try out. Encourage them to fill half of their plate with a variety of vegetables! The other half of the plate should be split between protein (turkey!) and starches (yams, potatoes, and corn)!

 

5. Get Everyone Involved in Clean Up

Have the whole family help in cleaning up after dinner! This gives everyone an opportunity to carry on conversations, while also standing up and moving around. Have the kids help with gathering, washing, or drying dishes. This light activity will help fight fatigue after dinner!

 

 

We hope that everyone has a safe and healthy Thanksgiving!

Remember: 

Healthy Kids = Happy Kids!

By contactus@imilfordpediatrics.com
November 12, 2015
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Vitamin D: Keeping your Kids Healthy!

November 12th, 2015

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With winter and cold weather approaching fast, we know your kids are spending less time outdoors! Without getting exposure to the sun it is important for your kids to still be getting enough vitamin D. In fact, in Michigan it is very common for children to have low vitamin D levels, especially in the winter. Keep reading to find out more about vitamin D and why it is so important for your child’s health!

WHAT is Vitamin D and WHY is it so important?!

  • Vitamin D is an essential nutrient for your child’s health
  • Vitamin D and Calcium work together to build bones and maintain bone strength
  • When in the sun our bodies produce vitamin D naturally
  • Vitamin D has been shown to help maintain health and reduce symptoms for asthmatic children
  • Vitamin D also helps prevent heart disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, and thinning bones

Sources of Vitamin D

Although we can get vitamin D from the sun, there are also supplements available (we recommend these, ask us for coupons at your next visit!) and a few foods that are high in vitamin D. The recommended daily intake of vitamin D is 400 IU for babies under 12 months. For kids over 1 year 600 IU is recommended.

  • Fish: salmon and tuna are high in vitamin D
  • Milk with fortified vitamin D: in order to get the daily serving about 32 oz. is necessary, which is hard to get kids to drink in one day
  • Vitamin D liquid supplements: find these over the counter at any pharmacy; these will supply your child with the recommended daily intake easily!

If you have a newborn and are breastfeeding, it is important to start your baby on the vitamin D supplement for babies, within the first few days. Your baby WILL NOT be getting vitamin D from breast milk! Most formulas do have vitamin D in them, but you should still check that the formula and the amount they are eating daily adds up to the recommended 400 IU’s.

Risk Factors for Vitamin D Deficiency

  • People with darker skin
  • Babies who are only breastfed
  • Limited exposure to sunlight

Think your child may have low vitamin D? Call and schedule an appointment today!

Remember, we are always here to help!

Healthy Kids = Happy Kids!

 

Source: http://kidshealth.org/parent/nutrition_center/healthy_eating/vitamin-D.html

By contactus@imilfordpediatrics.com
November 02, 2015
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Preventive Actions to Fight Germs and the Flu

November 2nd, 2015

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As flu season starts we want to share with you important information on how you can fight germs and stay healthy this winter. Check out our tips below: 

Three Steps for Fighting the Flu

  1.  Get the flu vaccine EVERY YEAR!
  2. Schedule an appointment immediately if you think your child has the flu, early treatment is important!
  3. Preventive actions may help you avoid the flu all together!

Fast Facts on the Flu

  • The flu virus spread through droplets when people cough, sneeze or talk
  • These germs may be picked up from objects and then spread by touching eyes, mouth or nose
  • Infection from others with the flu can start 1 day before symptoms start and  5-7 days after being sick

Preventive Actions to Stay Healthy

  • Encourage your children to wash their hands frequently with soap and warm water
  • Avoid close contact with individuals who are sick
  • Teach your child to cover their nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing
  • Get your children in the habit of avoiding touching their eyes, nose and mouth
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces that other who are sick may have touched

We hope by following this advice everyone has a healthy winter! If you child does get sick call us immediately and we will get your child in the same day!

Also, don’t forget to get your child’s flu shots, call for an appointment today!

Want to learn more about the flu? Check out the CDC’s website:

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/

Remember, we are always here to help!

Healthy Kids = Happy Kids!

 

Sources: http://www.cdc.gov/flu

By contactus@imilfordpediatrics.com
October 23, 2015
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(source: http://www.atwcc.com/halloween-safety-tips/)

 

October 23th, 2015

As Halloween approaches Dr. Kostecke wants to make sure that your family is healthy and safe while trick-or-treating! Check out our tips below!

Safety Tips

  • Make sure your children walk with an adult or in a group
  • Carry a flash light so you can see others and cars can see you
  • Look both ways before crossing the street, use designated cross walks when available
  • As a driver, drive slow in neighborhoods and take extra time to look for kids

 

Staying Healthy Tips

  • Eat a large healthy dinner before trick-or-treating, to avoid overeating candy
  • Brush teeth after eating candy
  • Only allow your children to eat 1-3 pieces of candy a day

We hope by following this advice everyone has a healthy and safe Halloween!

Also, don’t forget to get your child’s flu shots, call for an appointment today!

Want to learn more about Halloween Safety? Check out this site:

http://www.safekids.org/tip/halloween-safety-tips

Remember, we are always here to help!

Healthy Kids = Happy Kids!





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