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HEALTH & WELLNESS
Well visits are an important part
of child healthcare
Expecting parents will soon
discover that having a child
sparks many changes in their
lives. As infancy rolls into toddlerhood and beyond, there
is usually one constant in the
busy lives of new families: the
pediatrician. Children visit their
pediatricians at regular intervals,
and these doctors are invaluable
sources of support and care.
Pediatricians provide wellchild services throughout
youngsters’ childhoods. Health
checkups start from the day the
baby is born and continue until a
child reaches adulthood. JAMA
Pediatrics says there are many
benefits of well-child visits. One
of the key aspects of these checkups is tracking a child’s growth
and development, including
physical, cognitive, emotional,
and social progress.
Another component of wellchild visits is to prevent injury
and illness. When parents come
in for these visits, the staff will
likely go over the appropriate
safety protocol for that child’s
age and milestone. This may
include car seat safety checks,
preventing falls, choking hazards, and safety when entering
school.

Bright Futures/American
Academy of Pediatrics developed a set of comprehensive
health guidelines for well-child
care, and many pediatricians follow these schedule and screening guidelines. Visits often
start at one-month intervals,
and then increase by two- and
three- month durations until
the child is two years old. After
2.5 years of age, annual visits
become the norm. The reason
that earlier visits occur so often
is because early childhood is a
period of rapid development. In
addition, various vaccinations
are recommended to protect
children from communicable
diseases. These immunizations
must be administered according
to schedule to be most effective.
Well-child visits are also
opportunities for screening
tests and physical examinations. Exams typically involve
checking blood pressure, vision,
hearing, and general blood tests
and urinalysis. Many parents
use checkups as an opportunity
to ask questions about development and ensure that children
are safe to participate in school
sports and extracurricular activities as well. Parents can come

equipped with questions to ask
the doctor during well-child
appointments to make the most

of their visits.
The AAP says well-child visits should begin from three to

five days old. Therefore, expecting parents should find a pediatrician for their child as soon as

possible to ensure that well-child
visits can begin immediately
after the child is born.

Amazing
facts about

honey

Honey is perhaps best known
for its sweet taste. But beneath
that sweetness is a complex,
healthy food.
Bees produce honey from the
pollen of plants through a complex enzymatic process, turning
it into the beloved golden nectar.
Many properties make honey
a unique food that is not just
tasty, but also quite healthy. Here
are some facts about honey that
might get you buzzing.

■ When stored in an airtight
container, honey can last indefinitely. The substance is naturally acidic and low in moisture,
which means it is an inhospitable environment for bacteria.
There are small amounts of
hydrogen peroxide in honey as
well, inhibiting the growth of
microorganisms. (Source: Tin
Roof Teas)
■ Honey has antibacterial properties, so it has been relied on as
a health food and topical treatment. Burns, cuts, infections,
stomach ailments, and more
have been treated with honey.
(Source: National Center for
Biotechnology Information)

vitamins and minerals. It
also contains pinocembrin, a
unique antioxidant associated
with improved brain function.
(Source: Sirhowy Valley Honey)
■ A honey bee produces roughly 1/12 of a teaspoon of honey
over the course of its life. Bees
are not the only insect to make
honey, however. The honey
wasp, native to Mexico, also can
produce honey. (Sources: Golden Blossom Honey and Inverse)
■ Honey will take on the flavor of the nectar from which it
was made. This nectar also will
affect the color and the consistency of the honey. (Source:
National Honey Board)
Honey has a sweet and rich history. At times honey has been
referred to as “the nectar of the
gods,” and it is still enjoyed for
pleasure and medicinal reasons
today.

■ Honey is the only food
source produced by an
insect that humans eat.
(Source: Peace Bee
Farmer)
■ Mead is a fermented
beverage that is made
from honey. It has a
storied history as a
beverage of choice in
many different cultures. (Source: Hidden
Legend Winery)
■ Honey is the only
food that includes all
the substances necessary
to sustain life. This
includes enzymes,

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