Small children tend to go through phases of
picky eating. Try to offer a wide variety of fun, nutritious choices. Don't
force your child to eat.
Don't restrict fat in the diet of children younger than age 2. Most children need whole milk between 1 and 2 years of age. But your doctor may recommend 2% milk if your child is overweight or if there is a family history of obesity, high blood pressure, or heart disease. Over the age of 2, serve fat-free or low-fat milk.
To increase the enjoyment and
acceptance of nutritious snacks, let your child help prepare them. Here are
a few creative snack ideas:
Ants on a log: Celery stick stuffed with peanut
butter and topped with raisins.
Pretzel pops: Cubed cheese on a pretzel
kebabs: Toothpicks lined with your child's favorite fruits—canned or fresh.
Smudgies: Blend 1½ cups milk with ½ cup peanut butter
and 1 package of sugar-free instant pudding—chocolate or vanilla. Beat well,
then let stand for 5 minutes. Spread filling ½-inch thick on graham cracker
square. Top with another graham cracker square and then freeze until firm—about
3 hours. Makes 12.
English muffin pizza: Halve an English muffin, spread pizza
sauce on top, sprinkle with cheese, then bake at 350°F (177°C) until cheese
Bagel bites: Slice
flavored bagels thin, like coins, and place on a baking sheet. Spray them
lightly with olive oil and bake at 400°F (204°C) for 10
milk shake: Blend together ½ cup strawberry or vanilla yogurt, ½ cup frozen strawberries (frozen
without added sugar), and 1 teaspoon lemon juice.
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If the level is below 70 or you are experiencing symptoms such as shaking, sweating or difficulty thinking, you will need to raise the number immediately. A quick solution is to eat a few pieces of hard candy or 1 tablespoon of sugar or honey. Recheck your numbers again in 15 minutes to see if the number has gone up. If not, repeat the steps above or call your doctor.
People who experience hypoglycemia several times in a week should call their health care provider. It's important to monitor your levels each day so you can make sure your numbers are within the range. If you are pregnant always consult with your health care provider.
Congratulations on taking steps to manage your health.
However, it's important to continue to track your numbers so that you can make lifestyle changes if needed. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
Your level is high if this reading was taken before eating. Aim for 70-130 before meals and less than 180 two hours after meals.
Even if your number is high, it's not too late for you to take control of your health and lower your blood sugar.
One of the first steps is to monitor your levels each day. If you are pregnant always consult with your physician.
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