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Nurturing a healthy body image

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  • Having a healthy body image means you feel comfortable in your own skin and don’t fixate on your imperfections.
  • When people suffer from a negative body image, it can put them at risk for things like depression, low self-esteem, and eating disorders.
  • By being a good example, teaching our children how to be media savvy, and focusing on their strengths, we can help them develop a healthy body image.

Use your head, wear a helmet

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  • Helmets are the best way to protect our children from serious injuries like brain trauma.
  • Serious accidents can even happen on short trips, so it is important to always wear a helmet.
  • When shopping for a helmet, look for one that meets Snell, ANSI, or CPSC safety requirements.

Best shoes for beginning walkers

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  • When babies are first learning how to walk, it is better for them to go barefoot or to wear booties.
  • Shoes should fit well, have non-skid soles, and be lightweight and flexible.
  • More experienced walkers will need a thicker sole once they start walking outside.

Deciphering food allergies

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  • A food allergy is when your immune system mistakes a harmless food as a threat and sets off a false alarm.
  • Food allergy symptoms include things like a runny nose, hives, wheezing, congestion, vomiting, diarrhea, or lightheadedness.
  • More severe food allergies can cause anaphylaxis, which can lead to a coma or death.
  • It can be hard to detect a food allergy because the type of reaction and the intensity of the reaction differ from person to person; but there are a number of tests that can test for possible allergies.

Bonding with your baby

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  • Bonding is important for your baby’s cognitive and social development.
  • For some bonding is instantaneous, but for others it is a gradual experience.
  • Caring for your baby, spending time together, baby wearing, kangarooing, and breastfeeding are all excellent ways to bond with your baby.
 
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