Child Wellness: Tips for solving common kid problems
Do you have a child who refuses to healthy foods? Or won't sleep in their bedroom? Marcie Fraser has a few tips that might help.
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One big problem can be children who have trouble sleeping on their own, which usually stems from fearing the dark.
“For many children, it's the silence that is deafening, it scares them not be able to hear anything at all," said Dr. Manny Cirenza, pediatrician.
To help them fall asleep, some experts say music may help. And here’s another fun way to keep a child in their own bed:
"I often suggest sending them to bed with a walkie-talkie, it might be 8:30 or 9:00 at night while the parents are still up, so they may talk to you when you’re down stairs in the kitchen cleaning up. So they can reach you and they feel like they can reach you at a moment’s notice," said Dr. Cirenza.
Is your issue a child who is a picky eater?
"Most of the experts seem to recommend you are supposed to offer them the food every day for two weeks in a row. And if somehow, if they see it often enough, they will break down and eventually eat it. I personally haven't seen parents, or myself, had success with that," said Dr. Cirenza.
It's important to get the picky eater involved.
"Take them out with you on a shopping trip to the grocery store. That is just for that child and you really have to get them to commit. They need to figure out a way, especially the fruits and vegetables, more than anything and also lean cuts of meat and healthier choices," said Dr. Cirenza.
If your picky eater can't maintain their weight or is losing weight, some doctors do recommend a vitamin each day or a nutrition shake.
And what about potty problems? Pushing a child too hard can backfire.
"If the child is struggling with potty training, I urge the parents to get a calendar and some small and big stickers, a box of dollar store trinkets. They get to take a prize out of the prize box and the prize box is right in there with them so they are can see it, so they know they want to work for it," said Dr. Cirenza.