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4 ways to manage junk food

It isn't forever

In the midst of a temper tantrum, try to focus on the light at the end of the tunnel.

As you strive against your child’s requests for junk food, remember that you won’t be struggling forever. In the early days, you have to focus on establishing healthy habits, but children over 2 years old can have a sweet treat every now and then. Introducing these food items at the right time and in moderation will further teach your child how healthy choices are made.

References

  1. 2008 FITS study.
  2. Castle & Jacobsen. Chapter 2. IN: Fearless Feeding: How to Raise Healthy Eaters from High Chair to High School.
  3. American Academy of Pediatrics. Energy Drinks (caffeine) intake and children.
  4. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Preschooler obesity rates.
  5. KidsHealth.org. Caffeine and Your Child.
  6. National Institutes of Health. Caffeine Use in Children: What we know, what we have left to learn, and why we should worry.
  7. MedScape. AAP Guidelines Nix Energy Drinks for Children, Teens.

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