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Sometimes you need answers to the little everyday things that parents encounter. And sometimes, you just need someone to encourage you through all of the craziness and challenges of parenthood. Welcome to Parent-ish, a blog from the experts at Children's Mercy.

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Category: Nutrition

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How much soda should kids drink?

Every way we turn it seems we are surrounded by sugar-sweetened beverages and overwhelmed with ads for those oh-so-tempting drinks. The truth is sugar-sweetened beverages are consumed way too often and are not so good for children’s health. Here is what you should know about sugary beverages and some healthier alternatives.

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Helping kids develop a healthy relationship with food – and warning signs for eating disorders

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many children and teens are more isolated, anxious, stressed and have a sense of loss of control. These factors can add to other potential risk factors for developing eating disorders like bulimia, anorexia and others. Here are some tips, information and warning signs of eating disorders in children.

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Toxic metals found in baby food: what you should do now

With the recent news that the US House of Representatives found multiple baby food brands were tainted with high levels of heavy metals like arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury, it can send any parent into fear mode.  We should be concerned, but not panic. Here’s why.

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Organic, dairy-free and vegetarian diets explained in under 180 characters

You’ve probably seen the new options for your morning coffee – oat milk, almond milk, coconut milk, soy milk, cashew milk and the list goes on. Meanwhile, conversations about organic and non-organic food options are ongoing. It can be overwhelming to understand nutrition and how to identify the best options for your kids.

Testing food allergies early in children

Studies have shown that, for at least some children, early introduction of food can help children to avoid the development of food allergies. Here’s what introducing those foods can look like.

9 truths about eating disorders and tips for parents

ANYONE can develop an eating disorder, any age, race, nationality, socioeconomic status; eating disorders do not discriminate. Eating disorders are serious but treatable mental illnesses.

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Addicted to Awake: The Consequences of Energy Drinks in Adolescents

How often do you come across advertisements for energy drinks: once or twice a week, or perhaps every day on your morning commute? Rarely do we escape a day without energy drink companies promoting how they can “give you wings” or provide the five hours of energy you need to make it through the afternoon grind.

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What I learned eating on a budget

I have always tried to be a money conscience shopper, but have never been on a fixed budget. Like many people, I went to the store and grabbed items on my list – never thinking twice if I could afford the food that I desired. But, that all changed after I accepted the challenge to live off just $4.50 a day for five days.

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What is celiac disease? And who needs a gluten-free diet?

Most likely you know someone who has celiac disease, whether it’s a family member, a friend or your child’s classmate. Celiac disease is actually quite common. Roughly 1 in 133 people have celiac disease, but more than half of all people with celiac disease are undiagnosed.

Food allergies: are more kids allergic to food or are we just more aware?

From peanut-free school lunches to gluten-free birthday parties. If it seems like more and more kids have food allergies these days – you’re not alone in that thought. Most likely you’ve even had discussions with other parents about how food allergies weren’t an issue when you were growing up, and that everyone ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches “back in our day.”