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It’s that time of year when fall sports season is in full swing. Between school teams, playoffs, tryouts, club teams, travel teams and year-round sports, our kids are more active now than ever.
I’ve been picking up my niece, Amanda, from high school lately and bringing her to soccer practices and games. One thing we keep in stock is plenty of milk for meals and snacks. She has been asking for her favorite chocolate milk for both pre and post games and practices.
The fact is, compared to adults, kids and teens are growing rapidly and have increased needs for high-quality nutrients that will serve their bodies well as they go through their teens, 20’s and beyond.
Why the Calcium in Dairy is so Important
Studies show that fewer kids are getting the recommended amounts of nutrients, especially those found in dairy. While it’s recommended that teens get 2-3 servings of calcium-rich dairy every day, less than half manage to get 1 to 2 glasses of milk per week. (more…)
This time of year many moms are busy in the stocking up phase, from gathering up school clothes and lunch boxes to helping their kids who are leaving home find a mini fridge for their dorm or apartment.
When my son was little, sure, I had the list of recommended notebooks, flashcards and markers, but I had to figure out the options for healthy lunches and snacks on my own. Then when he went off to college, my focus changed: What suggestions could I make, without nagging or being pushy, that would help him make healthy choices away from home?
It may be surprising to consider how many kids aren’t getting the recommended servings of dairy, fruits and vegetables every day just when their bones and muscles are growing the most. This is the time when their bodies need a variety of foods to get the essential vitamins, nutrients, protein and calcium necessary.
Since everyone is busy, I’ve gathered up a few tips here for healthy snacks, lunch box ideas and yes, even the mini fridge for moms with kids at every age and stage.
This reminds me to add a few tips about your period and when to give your health care provider a call.
• Your daughter hasn’t had a period or shown any signs of puberty by age 14, including absence of:
– breast development
– underarm hair
– pubic hair
• There’s been a gap of greater than 3 months between periods
• Periods are occurring more frequently than every 21 days
• Periods are lasting more than 10 days
• The flow is so heavy, a tampon and/or a pad is getting soaked through in less than 1 hour, and this occurs for more than 1 day
This is a great video from Hello Flo! Click the image above or watch it on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NEcZmT0fiNM
If you forgot 1 pill:
Take it as soon as you remember, and use a back up method of birth control for 3 days to be safe. You may notice some breakthrough bleeding or spotting for a few days.
If you forgot 2 pills in a row:
Take 2 pills as soon as you can, and 2 more the next day to catch up. Use a back up method of birth control for 3 days to be safe. You may notice some breakthrough bleeding or spotting for a few days. (more…)
The good news is that the vast majority are using contraception. In fact over 90% do use some form of protection or birth control. And yet, it’s estimated that over 25,000 couples have condom mishaps and an additional 700,000 are not protected AT ALL.
Each year there are about 3 million accidental (more…)
When I watched this video, I gasped. For me, this is so true and something I experience everyday with my patients. No matter how beautiful my patients are, most are quick to point out their perceived flaws. (more…)
Great Birth Control from Zero interest in Sex
I saw a patient this week who loves her birth control method. Hardly any cramping, light periods, reassurance that she’s protected, which are all beneficial. There was one thing that wasn’t working and that was her libido. She was wondering if her method of preventing pregnancy was preventing her from having any interest in sex. Could it be? she wondered.
Though this is a normal side effect for some women, thankfully it’s less than 10% of those who use the pill or the NuvaRing. Often switching pills will help. (more…)
I was at the park the other day with a mom who has daughters in middle and high school. She has been waiting to have them vaccinated against HPV because of safety concerns. Like many moms, she was understandably concerned about the short and long term safety of all medications and vaccines. We discussed the benefits and how to make these kinds of decisions as you weigh the possible risks.
Many teens who come to see me for birth control assume that they will need a complete physical including a pelvic exam. Sometimes, just the idea of a pelvic exam may prevent a young woman from seeking birth control pills. They may have heard from friends that it’s painful or embarrassing, and it’s understandable to want to avoid it.