Flavoring can help kids take medicine

WBAL-TV-logoCOLUMBIA, Md. —Flavors like bubble gum or banana could be the key to getting a child to take their medications.

Whether it’s the pill or the will, for children, taking their medicine can be a bitter pill to swallow, but it goes down a little easier when it’s their favorite flavor.

“It gives mothers and children some control over how they want their medication, and medicine can be a real challenge. Mothers find it very stressful, children equally,” said Stuart Amos, president and CEO of FLAVORx. “For 10 years and beyond, we have developed a formula of different combinations of tastes that work well with liquid medications, so our job is to provide the best taste choices for children.”

Columbia-based FLAVORx has made it simple. A pharmacist can mix it up, and thanks to a machine called the fill-master, the work is already done for them.

“It’s got a database of about 5,000 drugs and it knows the name, volume and strength of each medication and the flavors that work with that medication,” said Chad Baker of FLAVORx.

Parents can also get online with their kids and meet Fred at FLAVORx.com and enter the medication, for example, Tamiflu, and it gives the best flavor choices.

“We do a lot of research, a lot of studies just to make sure it’s a good match,” said Ursula Chizhik, FLAVORx’s director of pharmacy.

There are 12 different flavors, and most pharmacies offer FLAVORx, but it’s on a parent to ask for it.

This year’s flu season hitting young adults hardest

Each year, thousands of people are admitted to hospital emergency rooms for cases of influenza, and so far the 2013-2014 flu season isn’t shaping up to be any different. What does seem to be different, however, is who is being admitted. This year it’s young adults who seem to be suffering most from influenza symptoms.

There may be several reasons for this unexpected surge. Because children and senior citizens are known to be more vulnerable to the virus, many receive flu vaccinations each year. Young adults and middle-aged folks, on the other hand, are less likely to be vaccinated. Another theory, according to the University of Michigan Health System, is that many children may be experiencing enhanced immunity as a result of previous flu shots.

“In 2009, school-aged kids were hit pretty hard by H1N1, and if any of them still have some residual protection, they may possibly be a little more protected this year,” said Michael Jhung, M.D., medical officer in the flu division of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

So far, the influenza virus is considered “widespread” in 25 states and 20 additional regions of the U.S. While it hasn’t quite reached epidemic levels just yet, more instances are being reported at a substantial rate.

According to the CDC, 171 children died of flu in the past flu season, whereas the 2013-2014 has seen six flu-related child deaths so far. In the U-M hospital alone, however, there are over a dozen people infected with influenza currently on life support.

“Most have the H1N1 strain of flu,” the hospital said in a statement. “And as far as hospital staff can tell, these patients either didn’t get the flu vaccine at all – or didn’t get it in time to protect them fully.”

If someone in your family is experiencing flu symptoms, make sure they get the medical attention they need in order to become well. Doctors can prescribe medications that can help fight the potentially devastating effects of influenza.

FLAVORx makes medicinal flavorings that makes medicine easier for children to take. Ask your pharmacist about FLAVORx today.

Vitamin D may be the key to strong muscles in children, study finds

Every mom wants her child to grow up to have strong muscles. Muscles are what allow the body to move and function, and they also play an important role in the metabolic process. However, emerging studies show that many of today’s children aren’t getting enough vitamin D to spark good muscle growth. While part of the problem may be related to less active time spent outdoors, another part may even occur before the child is born. A recent long-term study published in the January edition of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism suggests that optimal muscle growth in children is related to mom’s vitamin D intake during her pregnancy.

For the study, researchers at the Medical Research Council Lifecourse Epidemiology Unit at the University of Southampton reviewed 678 mothers in the later stages of their pregnancies. The review included blood tests to determine the amount of vitamin D in the mother’s system. Then, researchers measured the grip strength and muscle mass of the children at age 4. Their results indicated that mothers with higher levels of vitamin D during pregnancy bore children with higher grip strength and muscle mass. According to researchers, these results are likely to continue on into adulthood.

“These associations … may well have consequences for later health; muscle strength peaks in young adulthood before declining in older age and low grip strength in adulthood has been associated with poor health outcomes including diabetes, falls and fractures,” commented lead researcher Nicholas Harvey, Ph.D. “It is likely that the greater muscle strength observed at four years … will track into adulthood, and so potentially help to reduce the burden of illness associated with loss of muscle mass in old age.”

Harvey and his team drew their data from the Southampton Women’s Survey, which is one of the largest and best characterized studies currently in the world. Later data from the survey may well prove Harvey’s hypothesis. In the meantime, expecting moms are advised to load up on their vitamin D.

D deficiencies are a growing problem, doctors say
Vitamin D deficiencies are common in women in their childbearing years, and while supplements are available, many women choose not to take them. With recent new stories questioning the value of store-bought supplements, many aren’t convinced that what they’re paying for is actually present in over-the-counter pills. As the FDA doesn’t currently regulate these types of supplements, they may in fact be right.

Many doctors recommend that women and children get their vitamin D from fortified sources, such as orange juice. Many popular brands of orange juice offer fortified products to help them develop healthy bone and muscle mass. Many milk and breakfast cereal brands offer fortified products for the same reason.

If you want to ensure that your child is getting the vitamin D he or she needs to grow up strong, make sure he or she is getting the recommended amount by including plenty of these foods into his or her diet.

If you’re pregnant and you’d like to ensure you’re getting enough vitamin D, ask your doctor or pharmacist how to get pharmacy-grade supplements. Pharmacy-grade products are tested and trustworthy sources of the vitamins and minerals you need to ensure a healthy pregnancy.

Want to make your oral medication taste better? FLAVORx makes flavorings for liquid and other types of oral medications. Talk to your pharmacist to see how you can get your prescription in your favorite FLAVORx flavor today!

Eating peanuts during pregnancy may help children avoid allergies

Not too long ago, medical professionals recommended women refrain from eating peanuts and other highly allergenic foods during pregnancy and nursing periods in order to reduce the chance of their children experiencing early exposure and sensitization to common, serious allergens. Now, however, a new study suggests that eating peanuts won’t harm a woman’s pregnancy – and researchers are hopeful that further study may prove that eating peanuts while pregnant is actually beneficial in preventing infants from developing these types of allergies in the first place.

According to researchers from the Boston Children’s Hospital, women who aren’t allergic to peanuts themselves can indulge without fear during their pregnancy and even while nursing. The study’s senior author, Michael Young, M.D., of Boston Children’s Division of Allergy and Immunology, and his team looked to the Growing Up Today Study for their data, which presented the records of 8,205 children.

Using the GUTS data, researchers identified children with documented cases of peanut or other tree nut allergies. They then examined the diets of these children’s mothers during the pregnancy and nursing periods and compared them with diets of mothers with non-allergic children. Looking specifically at peanut and tree nut ingestion, Young’s team found that peanut allergies occurred at significantly lower rates when mothers consumed these nuts during the gestational period.

New wisdom replaces the old
The new study findings were published in the online medical journal JAMA Pediatrics on Dec. 23, and conflict with research published in a November 2010 issue of the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. The previous study, which was conducted by the Jaffe Food Allergy Institute at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, claimed that pregnant women who consumed peanuts or other highly allergenic foods (such as eggs or dairy) may be putting their unborn infants at risk of developing these allergies and experiencing serious reactions before their immune systems were fully developed. At the time, the study backed up recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics established in the year 2000.

“No one can say for sure if the avoidance recommendation for peanuts was related to the rising number of peanut allergies seen in the late 1990s and early 2000s, but one thing is certain: it did not stop the increase,” Young suggested in regard to the prior recommendations outlined by the AAP. “It was clear that a new approach was needed, opening the door for new research.”

Young also noted that, though the study performed at the Boston Children’s Hospital was promising, there is as yet no cause-and-effect link to women eating peanuts actually preventing these allergies from developing. So far, the research merely suggests that women who ingest the legumes aren’t putting their infants in harm’s way. However, some medical researchers remain hopeful that a cause-and-effect relationship will be established upon further study.

“By linking maternal peanut consumption to reduced allergy risk we are providing new data to support the hypothesis that early allergen exposure increases tolerance and reduces risk of childhood food allergy,” said Young.

While the research provides new hope, parents should still take child allergy symptoms seriously. Many children experience severe allergic reactions, even when their parents have no history of allergies. Parents who believe their children may be experiencing allergies should seek medical attention as soon as possible to get the necessary medication.

FLAVORx makes medicinal flavorings that help make medicine taste better for children. Ask your pharmacist how you can get FLAVORx for your child’s prescription today.

Help your children make their own New Year’s resolution

New Year’s Eve is just before us, and people all over the world are thinking about what their New Year’s resolutions will be. Parents often choose goals related to family fitness – such as losing weight or keeping less sweets around the house in favor of healthier snacks. Children, however, have their own priorities, and there’s no reason they shouldn’t be able to jump on the New Year’s bandwagon as well!

This year, have a little fun helping your kids create their own New Year’s resolutions and thinking of inventive ways to fulfill them. Here is a list of common resolutions and tips for helping your kids achieve them.

This year, I will get more exercise
When kids make exercise a regular habit early in life, it’s that much easier for them to keep it up over the years. Plus, kids who exercise frequently are less likely to experience being overweight or obese. This may help protect them from physical ailments such as diabetes and heart disease as well as mental issues such as anxiety, depression and low self-esteem.

There are a number of ways you can help your children stay fit and active. One idea is to sign them up for an after-school athletic program such as soccer or basketball. If your child isn’t interested in competitive sports, try a class that emphasizes fitness, such as dance or gymnastics. Other ideas include yoga, martial arts or even aerobics.

This year, I will do better in school
This is a worthy goal for any student, even if he or she already gets good marks. In general, students who make their schoolwork a priority do better in college and beyond – and what parent wouldn’t want this kind of success for their little one?

Help your kids do better in school this year by identifying both their strong suits and the subjects with which they need more help. You can create flash cards or invest in learning software that your child can use on a PC or tablet. Many programs turn learning into a game, making even your child’s least favorite subject more fun. A number of studies cite that children who eat healthy diets and engage in regular fitness activities perform better in school as well. Make sure to include a healthy diet with brain-boosting proteins, fruits and veggies along with this resolution.

This year, I will be nicer to others
For many kids, good social skills aren’t always intuitive, but need to be learned. Even if your children are comfortable with their own group of friends, a resolution to be nice or more inclusive to other kids will help them develop better social skills and widen their circle of influence. Kids who have a number of friends are more likely to develop healthy confidence levels and a positive self-image. This can help them avoid certain types of anxiety and depressive disorders.

If your child wants to make improving their relationships a priority this year, help them by challenging them to do kind deeds for others. It can be something as simple as saying “hi” to a child who isn’t always included or taking home assignments for a sick friend. Help your child come up with several new, small goals each week and discuss them over the dinner table or during other quality time.

This year, I will be healthy
Kids don’t spend as much time thinking about their health as their parents do; however taking ownership of their own health and well-being is essential. Help your children develop a self-care plan that includes eating healthy, exercise and getting the right amount of sleep.

Staying healthy should also include taking their medication when necessary. FLAVORx makes medicinal flavorings that help make medicine time easier for kids. Ask your pharmacist how you can get FLAVORx for your child’s prescription today.

Keep the whole family safe over the holiday season

The holiday season is lots of fun for adults and children alike, but there’s a lot to consider when transforming your home into a winter wonderland. Here are a few simple safety guidelines to follow while enjoying the holidays with your immediate and extended family.

Trimming the tree
Nothing is quite as symbolic as a well-decorated tree all lit up for the season. If your family celebrates the holidays with a Christmas tree, there may be a few safety precautions to consider before you start the trimming.

The first thing to consider is the tree itself. Christmas trees, both real and artificial, can present certain risks in the home. When selecting your tree for the year, pay attention to the condition of the needles. Trees that are too dry may wither before the season is through, many may also pose a fire hazard. If your family uses an artificial tree, make sure to get one that’s labeled “fire resistant.”

When pulling out your decorations, consider family members in the household. If you have toddlers and young children, you may wish to consider forgoing breakable ornaments, or at least hanging them near the top of the tree where they can’t be easily grasped. Ensuring that light strings and garlands are similarly out of reach may also keep the tree from tumbling down should a wayward child wish to give them a tug.

Family pets may also be a factor in your tree decorating decisions. Keeping favorite ornaments away from low branches where a curious pooch may sniff about or strike with an excited wag of the tail may help preserve them for another year. Frisky felines have also been known to explore Christmas trees, and have been responsible for their share (or more!) of broken ornaments.

Surviving the holiday parties
If your home is the place where all the family members will gather, think about the different types of guests you expect to receive. Family members with young children may appreciate you taking a few steps to baby-proof your space by removing breakables from low shelves and designating a “smoking area” to keep fumes away from younger partygoers.

If you’re spending the holidays elsewhere, bear in mind that other homes may not be baby-proofed. Keep an eye on your child at all times to prevent him or her from grabbing those breakables or getting into cabinets, ashtrays and other undesirable areas. Check with your hosts to see if there’s an area meant for children.

When visiting, it’s also important to remember that children’s stress levels may run higher than usual when they’re taken out of their normal routine. Make sure they’re provided with snacks and meals at regular intervals, and if they’re accustomed to napping at a certain hour, try to work this into your holiday schedule.

If you decide to leave the children at home while attending a party, make sure that the babysitter has quick access to all emergency numbers they might need, including police and fire departments, a poison control center, your cell phone and – of course – the local pizzeria.

Checking new toys for safety hazards
Every child’s favorite part of the holiday season is, of course, the presents. However, before you let your little ones play with their newly acquired booty, check all products for age limits and potential safety issues, such as choking hazards. You’ll look a lot more fondly over the scene of your children happily playing with new toys when you know they’re safe.

Don’t forget that the holiday season is also cold and flu season. Make sure to keep play areas clean and sanitized, and keep sick children away from others if they’re likely to spread the illness. They’ll feel better after taking their medication and getting a lot of rest.

FLAVORx makes medicinal flavorings that make taking medicine easier for children. Ask your pharmacist how to get FLAVORx for your child.

Parent-only interventions may help obese children

Childhood obesity is a serious issue that can play a role in the development of significant and sometimes even fatal physical health problems, including diabetes, heart conditions and joint issues. It can lay the foundation for a number of serious mental health problems, too, such as low self-esteem and poor or distorted body image. Obesity can also make children potential targets of ridicule from classmates and other youths.

According to Hannah Ewald, a researcher at the Institute for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics in Basel, Switzerland, “Childhood obesity is a serious public health issue in developed and in developing countries and we need to set the course as early as possible.”

The current approach to dealing with childhood obesity typically involves interventions from both medical and educational professionals, in which both the parent and the child attend sessions to discuss a healthy weight-loss plan. However, a new study from the institute suggests that a parent-only intervention may be just as beneficial for a child’s healthy weight outcome, and may well save them some of the embarrassment associated with these kinds of intervention meetings, according to Reuters Health.

There are other positive effects associated with the parent-only approach as well. It has the potential benefits of being more cost effective. In addition, without the child present, many parents are better able to focus on the information being presented to them – rather than being distracted by monitoring how their child may be reacting to the information, they’re able to absorb it. Doctors may also speak more freely about the potential dangers of the child remaining obese, also without being inhibited by the child’s reaction.

8 studies compared intervention results
For the study, researchers looked at data from eight prior or ongoing studies. In each of the studies considered, participating families were randomly assigned to different types of weight-loss interventions.

Of the studies, five compared group-oriented programs with interventions for both parents and kids. Two compared parent-only versus child-only interventions. The final study contained a mix of approaches, with parent-only and child-only interventions occurring first, followed by parents, children and health professionals all meeting together.

Participants in the parent-only intervention programs were at least as successful in effecting weight loss as the parent-child interventions, and in many cases they were even more successful.

However, parent-only intervention programs also had the highest dropout rate. Ewald’s researchers suggest that some parents may feel overwhelmed by taking on the complete responsibility of their child’s healthy weight loss, or the dropout rates may simply be a sign of a busy lifestyle, and that parents are more likely to make time for a program their children are likewise involved in.

Unfortunately, plans that don’t have the active support and guidance of a parent figure are the most likely to fail in achieving a healthy weight, according to Ewald’s team.

“A child that is given the sole responsibility for its weight is unlikely to succeed in gaining a healthy weight,” said Ewald. “How to eat healthy, how to exercise properly and how to deal with the emotional side are difficult topics to tackle even for adults. That is why the parents (or caregivers), who have the biggest impact on the child, need to understand their part in the process.”

In the end, the best chance a child has for achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is by having a supportive information base like parents, educators and health care professionals. Parents and educators need to be able to provide structure and guidance when necessary to help kids get back on track. Health care professionals can provide nutrition and exercise expertise, which can help parents form a sensible plan for their children.

Health care professionals can also help parents of children who are affected by illnesses, such as Type 2 diabetes, due to obesity create a plan to reduce and eventually eliminate these dangers using prescription medications and other treatments.

FLAVORx makes medicinal flavorings that help make oral medications easier to take for children. Ask your pharmacist how you can get FLAVORx for your child.

5 tips to handle a picky eater

Every household has one. Whether they’re in a phase where they’ll only eat a certain food or where it seems they won’t eat any food, dealing with a picky eater can be frustrating. Here are a few tips to help!

1. Stick to a routine
Kids are creatures of routine, and it’s helpful for them to know when to expect their next snack or meal. This helps them prepare mentally for food while at the same time helping their bodies’ to establish a regular, healthy metabolism. A hungry child is more likely to eat what she is served rather than protest items on the plate.

At the same time, when a routine is broken, you’ll need to respect the effect this may have on your child. For example, if you’re running late and the babysitter gives your child a snack, they may not want to eat all the food on their plate at dinner time. Communicate with your child to figure out whether he or she is just full, or if there’s something else in play.

2. Be fun and creative
Kids love to play and interact with their food. Serving them hands-on dishes such as veggies with ranch dressing or apple slices with honey or peanut butter can help them feel like they’re playing a game as well as eating a meal or snack. Using cookie cutters to cut shapes into foods can also have this effect.

Don’t be afraid to shake things up! Serving breakfast foods for dinner can also make mealtime more fun, as can dishes displaying an array of brightly colored foods.

3. Get your kids involved
Kids also like to be included in the preparation process. This not only educates them about healthy foods and how to cook them, but it also gives them a feeling of pride knowing that they’re “helping mom” or acting “like a grown-up.”

Ask your children to wash and peel fruits and vegetables, or to stir batter or casserole mixes. While you work together, you can take the opportunity to talk to your children about the nutritional value of each food you’re preparing.

4. Be patient
When dealing with a picky eater, it’s important to be patient. There’s a good chance that, even if their refusal to eat a certain food is a decision and not an actual dislike, you won’t change their mind overnight. Lots of things can turn kids off of certain foods, from their color to their scent or texture. Sometimes, kids need time to get used to a new item before they’ll eat it without reservation.

Try preparing foods in different ways to give your child a new experience with it. Soups and casseroles can be good mediums for mixing in some new foods.

5. Be firm
Avoid the trap of becoming a short-order cook in your very own home by being firm with your child about what’s for dinner. If you teach your child that he can get whatever he wants merely by refusing to eat what you’ve served, you’ll set yourself up for countless nights of this behavior. Gently insist that your child stay at the dinner table, even if he or she refuses to eat what you’ve prepared, until the entire family is done eating.

If your child’s picky eating becomes a problem to the point that you’re worried about their nutrition and development, consult their pediatrician or seek the help of a specialist. In some cases, a mental or behavioral issue may be responsible, however, there’s also a chance it’s a medical problem that may be treatable by medication.

FLAVORx makes medicinal flavorings that help kids take oral medications more easily. Ask your pharmacist how you can get FLAVORx for your child’s prescription.

Establishing good eating habits early: 3-5 years

This is finally the age when your young child will be able to sit at the dinner table with adults and enjoy most of the same foods. While you may still have to cut his or her food into smaller, bite-sized pieces, it's a wonderful landmark to reach with your child! Here are some guidelines on establishing healthy meal and snack habits with your young child.

Start off right with regular meals
Your child is now ready to have regular meals with the family, and many families have different eating styles. Whether you choose to have three square meals a day or opt for five or six smaller meals, now is the time to develop the same routine with your child. Talk about your family meal routine so your child knows what to expect.

Monitor their behavior between meals to see if a healthy snack is needed to get them through. Signs a child may be hungry include crankiness, fatigue and reports of feeling woozy or unwell. Teaching your child to eat only when he or she is truly hungry – and not when something simply tastes or smells good – will help them develop healthy eating habits and maintain a healthy weight throughout the course of their lives.

Educate them about foods
At the preschool age, children absorb knowledge like a sponge. Now is the perfect time to teach them the value of healthy foods as well as the dangers of eating too many unhealthy foods. You can use food flashcards, computer programs, learning games and educational television programming to teach them about the types of nutrients found in each type of food, and how those nutrients help to fuel their bodies and give them energy.

It's important for kids at this age to learn about moderation. Don't be afraid to let them eat that chocolate cake at the birthday party. Rather, help them understand why they should eat it – to celebrate and enjoy delicious foods with friends, of course! – and why they should limit their consumption.

Choose healthy snack foods
In addition to teaching your kids moderation when it comes to sweets and "junk foods," it's also important to teach them to enjoy and even prefer healthy snack foods, such as fruits, veggies and nuts. Fruits will give your preschooler that needed sugar spike between meals while also satisfying a sweet tooth. Veggies will provide essential vitamins and minerals. Nuts offer protein that will fuel your child's brain and help them stay full and focused until their next meal.

Children love finger foods such as baby carrots, celery sticks and apple slices. Adding a fun dip to the mix – such as peanut butter, honey or a delicious dressing – will help them interact with and enjoy their food even more. Looking for a salty carbohydrate? Pretzels dipped in peanut butter are a solid snack that will give your child the extra fuel he or she needs during that after-school soccer game or play date.

What should you give your child to drink?
Children love sugary juices and chocolate milk, but water is what they really need to stay hydrated. Give your child water to satisfy thirst and help develop a taste for this essential fluid early.

It's OK to offer their favorite fruit juice or flavored milk on occasion – but these should be counted as sugar- and calorie-laden snacks. Help your child understand why these are treats and not regular fare.

Establishing healthy eating habits early will help children maintain healthy weights and fight illness and disease over the course of their entire lives. Help your child be healthy by educating them about food from a young age.

If they do fall ill, FLAVORx makes medicinal flavorings that help children take their medicine. Ask your pharmacist how to get FLAVORx for your child's prescription medication.

Establishing good eating habits early: 1-3 years

Childhood obesity is on the decline, thanks in large part to parents playing their role as mindful educators and providers to their children. Toddlers are among the most discerning eaters, and the food habits formed during this stage can follow them through childhood and into the rest of their lives. In order to establish healthy food habits early, follow these simple tips to introduce a healthy diet.

How to convince your child to eat healthy foods
Toddlers don’t understand the difference between “healthy” foods and “unhealthy” junk foods and snacks – they only know whether they like eating it! This presents the opportunity to introduce a variety of healthy foods without them carrying the “good-for-you stigma” that makes older children cringe. In fact, because your child’s tastes are still developing, now is the perfect time to introduce them to a variety of foods and help them develop a taste for them early. That doesn’t mean your toddler will love each food you put in front of them, but it does mean you’ll stand more of a fighting chance.

Another fun way to get kids excited about new foods is to involve them in the preparation and cooking process. When kids see whole foods transformed into their own snacks and meals, they’re more likely to get excited about eating them – especially if they got to have a hand in preparing them. Let your child help you spread peanut butter on celery sticks or mash up some avocado and watch their delight when it comes time to eat.

Establish healthy snacking habits young
Many children and adults can attribute at least some of their excess belly fat to needless snacking. There are a number of reasons why people snack: boredom, stress, depression and even false hunger pangs. The only real reason to snack, however, is that your body needs the extra calories to function properly. Teaching your toddler to only snack when they’re truly hungry may set them up for more positive eating habits later on down the road.

When choosing snacks, teach your child to expect small portions of their favorite healthy foods. Fruit makes a satisfying option due to its sweetness and high nutrition content. All snacks don’t have to be sweet, however. Fatty snacks that are low in calorie content are also good choices, as they’ll be filling while giving your child’s brain the amino acids needed to keep running strong. Cut small cubes of cheese or avocado or smear some nut butter onto a whole-grain cracker for a quick and easy snack to fuel your toddler’s growing brain.

Dealing with picky eaters
It seems like every family has the resident picky eater, and more likely than not, your toddler will go through this stage. In order to ensure that eschewing healthy foods is indeed a phase and not a lifelong bad habit, be patient as well as persistent when introducing new foods to your toddler.

In some cases, it may take between 10 to 15 different introductions to a certain food before a young child will feel comfortable eating it. While this may seem frustrating, keep your cool and remember that it’s an entirely new experience for your child. It may take a little while for them to warm up to the broccoli now, but if you are successful, you can save yourself a lifetime of struggle as your child grows through childhood into adulthood. Helping your child to appreciate and even love healthy foods will help them grow and develop properly while maintaining a healthy weight during childhood. Children who maintain a healthy weight are less likely to be affected by illnesses such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and other physical, mental and emotional problems later in life. A healthy diet will also help boost your child’s immunity, making them less likely to get sick.

If your child does get sick, help them heal faster with medication prescribed by their pediatrician. FLAVORx makes medicinal flavorings that can help make oral medication taste better. Ask your pharmacist about FLAVORx today.