It Is Important to Teach Kids Healthy Eating Habits

As parents, there are many things we have to teach our children. There is, of course, the obvious stuff such as looking both ways before crossing the street, getting them in the habit of using sunscreen, where not to go surfing on the internet and other basic safety considerations. Folks at Amen Clinics agree that, in addition to warnings against certain things there are also positive things for them to do that need to be cultivated at an early age, so they become habits for a lifetime. This includes teaching them to love to read, being civic minded, the value of hard work, to stand up for themselves and to show common courtesy toward others.

Perhaps the most important thing we can teach our kids is to develop healthy eating habits. This is something that will influence their health throughout their lives, and it will influence it for good or bad depending on what you teach them early on. Often the eating habits we pick up as children stick with us for a lifetime, so this is extremely critical. Children may not be interested in trying new food, so it is important to offer them new and healthy foods. The biggest lesson to learn with children is that they do what you do more than what you say. This is why children of smokers, for instance, having an increased chance of being smokers themselves. Make sure you are eating healthy around them, and they will start to see eating this way as normal.

SUDC – The Little Known Killer of Children

In April 2014, healthy 14-month-old baby Moss Pieratt woke up with a little bit of a fever. Globo wrote about his parents thought that it had to do with his teething. However, his mother put him down for a nap, and when she came back, he wasn’t breathing. He was rushed to Dell Children’s Medical Center and put on life support. Within 36 hours, he had passed away. His parents were absolutely devastated, as well as floored from the unexpected loss.

It has been over a year since Moss’ death, and his parents still do not know what happened. Some research done by the family showed that it was Sudden Unexplained Death in Childhood, or SUDC. SUDC is essentially the sudden and unexplainable death of a child older than one year. It can affect children, from toddlers to teenagers. Because these cases are so rare, not much research has been done as of yet. In 2013, SUDC took the lives of 223 children aged one to four, 28 children aged five to nine, 29 children aged 10 to 14, and 107 children aged 15 to 19.

The New York Langone Medical Center is home to the SUDC Registry. Here, Columbia University researchers are performing genetic analyses on children who have died due to SUDC.

The Pieratts have had another baby; her name is Madeline Moss Pieratt. They have set up a foundation in their late son’s name.