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My toughest—and most entertaining—patient is my toddler son. When my wife and I attempt to give him medication or explain the importance of healthy habits, a grand inquisition ensues;
“but why?” is the response to every answer. Parents know
this story all too well, but also know that, no matter the dif-
ficulty children present as patients, their health is our num-
ber one priority.
healthy also apply to children: diet, exercise, hydration, ade-
quate sleep. When it comes to children’s diet, parents need
to strike a balance. While it is a rite of passage for children
Keeping children healthy
By James “Bo” Catanese, Pharm.D.
to get their fill of cake and ice cream at birthday parties, it’s
important to teach that these are treats, not daily meals! A
good guide is the ubiquitous 80-20 rule: eighty percent of
the time, eat as healthfully as possible, and the other twenty allow leeway. Teach children what is and isn’t healthy.
For example, fruit juice might sound healthy with “100%
vitamin C!” plastered all over the label, but what the label
doesn’t say is “packed with sugar!” There is no substitute
for fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and healthy proteins such as lean, unprocessed meats. When we explain to
children that these foods help our bodies function at their
best, it reinforces healthy decisions later in life.