Iron Deficiency

Iron deficiency is the most common micro-nutrient deficiency in the world and the largest group at risk includes pregnant women and young children. Iron is very important in child development, especially in the brain. In fact, iron deficiency during infancy can negatively impact thinking and emotions, behavior, movement, vision and hearing, learning and even memory. The younger the child, the greater the risk these effects are long-term. Therefore, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends universal screening of iron deficiency at 12 months of age. Read more

Pumping for Your Baby

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends “exclusive breastfeeding for about six months, followed by continued breastfeeding as complementary foods are introduced, with continuation of breastfeeding for one year or longer as mutually desired by mother and infant.” There are times when mothers are not able to directly breastfeed their infants. This can be by choice, separation of mom and infant or medical needs of either mom or infant. Some mothers will then choose to pump their milk to provide to their baby. It is the next best way for babies to get their nutrition.

Here are some tips for pumping for your baby:

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Children and Juice

Fruit juice is one of those items that benefits from its association – it’s made from fruit, after all, so what could be the problem?

UW Health clinical nutritionist Alicia Bosscher, RD, says it’s all about the fiber. Or rather, the lack of it.

“We often think juice has a lot of Vitamin C and that’s good for our immune systems,” she says. “But the problem is that you take out the fiber that’s found in whole fruit and what’s left is basically just sugar.”

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What Parents Need to Know About Strawberry Marks

Child with strawberry marks (hemangioma)You may have seen a baby with a “strawberry mark” – a pink or blue colored lesion that can appear anywhere on the body, including the face. These lesions are called hemangiomas [hi-man-jee-oh-muh]. Infantile hemangiomas are the most common type of hemangioma and affect 3-5% of babies. Risk factors for these include being Caucasian and female, and being born prematurely and with low birth weight.  Some strawberry marks look like a flat red mark at birth, but can grow rapidly in the first few months of life. The period of most rapid growth seems to fall between 4 and 8 weeks of life based on review of parent photographs. That’s a tricky time to catch because the timing of typical well-child checks tends to fall prior to and following that age range. Read more

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