Our daughter who is 4 seems to have less than normal bowel movements sometimes going without for 4 to 5 days.

Our daughter, who is four, seems to have less than normal bowel movements sometimes going four to five days without. The last couple of bowel movements have been hard and we have seen traces of blood in the stool. Our pediatrician has prescribed Dulcolax, a stool softener, twice daily with no real success. The...

Please clarify the percent fat content on food nutriiton labels.

1) My wife and I have recently switched from 1% to skim milk. What is the recommended type of milk for our two children, ages 8 and 9? 2) Please clarify the % fat content on food nutrition labels. I understand that a general guideline for gauging fat intake is no more than 30% of...

Could you comment on many parents feeding their very young children diet cold drinks with NutraSweet?

Could you comment on the fact that many parents are feeding their very young children diet cold drinks with NutraSweet? What effect will this have on the development of these children? I am concerned because they do not seem to be getting enough water and healthy foods and beverages. Children do not need diet beverages...

What is obesity?

What is obesity? Obesity is a medical diagnosis that describes a condition where you weigh 20% more than the maximum you should for your age and gender. Obesity is a risk for getting diabetes, heart disease, and some cancers. Obese kids are more likely to be obese adults. For instance, if you are 10-year old girl...

Would you serve your children KoolAid with sugar or NutraSweet?

Would you serve your children Kool-Aid with sugar or NutraSweet? My children never drank Kool-Aid as I didn't 't buy it. I also didn't buy my children sweetened carbonated beverages (soda or pop). Since children usually don't have their own money or drive a car, I was their food gatekeeper. Rather than dealing with children begging...

My daughter is constipated. Her doctor told me to give her prunes but no apples or bananas.

I was very glad to find your website. My 2-year-old has great problems with constipation. It grieves me to see her so distressed. All the pediatrician told me is to give her prunes and don't give her apples or bananas. I read on your site that apples (especially the peel) are good for constipation. Do...

My 5 year old daughter is 4 feet tall and weighs 59 pounds. I would like to help her slim down.

I was very happy to find your website as I cannot seem to get answers anywhere about my 5-year-old daughter. She is exactly four feet tall and weighs 59 pounds. She carries most of this weight around her middle and her stomach sticks out quite a bit. She has become very aware of her...

Where can I find a dietitian who works with children?

Where can I find a dietitian who works with children? The Pediatric Nutrition dietetic practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics specializes in working with infants, children, and adolescents. You can find a dietitian at the Find a Registered Dietitian on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Include your zip code or city/state...

How old do you have to be to be able to go on a diet?

I would like to ask you: how old do you have to be to be able to go on a diet? Depends on the child and the type of diet. If you mean weight loss diet without any other restrictions, then maybe 18. But if a kid is 100 pounds overweight or double their healthy...

If you are 11 years old, what is the correct weight?

If you are 11, what is the correct weight that you should be? Depends on your exact age and height. What are your: age in years and months height and current weight? Please write back with your data. The average 11-year-old boy would be 55 to 58 inches tall and weigh 70 to 91 pounds. The...

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