Eating Right – Metabolic Syndrome

Four Tall Chefs - Vickie Wade

Four Tall Chefs – Vickie Wade

Kids with metabolic syndrome have at least three of these risk factors:

excessive belly fat

high blood pressure (hypertension)

abnormal levels of blood fats (lipids), including cholesterol and triglycerides

hyperglycemia (high blood sugar)

You might be surprised to learn that these are problems kids can have. After all, high blood pressure and high cholesterol are usually things older people grumble about.

Not so anymore. Thanks to the rising obesity epidemic in young people, kids and teens are getting these conditions — and they’re getting them earlier than ever before. Some estimates say that nearly 1 in 10 teens — and over a third of obese teens — have metabolic syndrome. And a study of 375 second- and third-graders found that 5% had metabolic syndrome and 45% had one or two risk factors for it.

This is something parents should know about, especially because they can take steps to lessen their kids’ chances of developing metabolic syndrome or the risk factors that lead to it.

Metabolic Syndrome

Sugar and Spice – What Are You Made Of

"WHAT ARE LITTLE GIRLS MADE OF? (NURSERY RHYME)" What are little girls made of? Sugar and spice, And everything nice, That's what little girls are made of.

What are little girls made of?
Sugar and spice,
And everything nice,
That’s what little girls are made of.

Herbs, Spices, More

Various foods eaten by breastfeeding women (from carrots and garlic to mint and vanilla) affect the flavor of their breast milk. Interestingly, a mom’s prenatal diet—if it regularly includes strong spices such as curry, cumin or fenugreek—may affect her newborn’s body odor.

Cantaloupe – Alert

Almost monthly there are new alerts or warnings.  These warnings may be related to various consumer products and as in this case a food.

A  cantaloupe farm in Indiana has been associated with a Salmonella infection.  Salmonella infections are not uncommon but can be difficult to manage.  There is usually no treatment unless the bacteria has infected other parts of the body.  The gastrointestinal symptoms are miserable.  My biggest concern is with infants or elderly patients.

You should always take care to clean your fruit and vegetables.  You should always prepare your childs food away from uncleaned fruits and vegetables and always away from meat and fish.

Newborn instructions


Mother and Child by Emanuel Phillips Fox, 1908.

There are a number of good books on infant and child care. The only problem is that they often say things differently. My new parents are often confused by the well-meaning advice that they receive both in print and from friends or family.

Often at the first visit either before delivery or at the first well exam, I spend thirty minutes demystifying their child.

The first two weeks at home are often hard. The Gerber baby did not come home with them. Feeding is hard and sleep is a scarce commodity.

Many moms choose to breast feed but many moms either choose not to nurse or cannot nurse. That is the decision of the mother. Nursing is a huge commitment and the parent must feel good about how they choose to feed their child.

Initial feeding whether at breast or bottle is on demand, however if the baby has not awakened in 4 hours, he should be wakened for feeding. Your baby may not feed well every feeding but at least he should feed well every other feeding. Good babies do not sleep well at night usually for the first 2 weeks at home. Babies are often very sleepy on day 3 and 4 but should be more wakeful by day 4 or 5. Your baby may be fussy the first 2 weeks. If he is feeding, passing urine and passing POOP, then I am not too concerned. Your baby may easily loose 8-10 oz those first 4 to 5 days. A normal term baby should be back to birth weight by 2 weeks of age. Breast feeding is not easy and the first 2 weeks are not the warm fuzzy experience that most parents expect. Be Patient! Once your milk comes in usually day 3 to 5, your baby will be more content and you will be happier as well. Keep in mind that each baby’s temperament and each mom is different.

Your newborn may only nurse well at the first breast and fall asleep on the second breast 10-30 min later he will wake and want to feed on the other breast, that is ok but tiring.

Formula fed infants will take 1-2 oz per feeding every 2-3 hours.

In most cases the baby is fussy that is due to your infant having not eaten before and it requires some changes with in his stomach. He is uncomfortable due to the passage of gas and poop. That will improve over the next 2 weeks. Frequent formula changes may not help and that may be unnecessary.

Each newborn is different and each birthing experience is different. Most of my parents do not have the extended local family network that their parents had. Surround yourself with supportive people. Ask your doctor or breast-feeding advisor for help and support.

There are so many books and articles out there that a lot of my parents do not know where to get reliable information.

Terry Brazelton MD has been a reference that I have used for over thirty years.  Here is a link to his newsletter that he has linked in the NAEYC website.