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AAP Updates Child Car Seat Recommendations

The American Academy of Pediatrics has issued an updated policy statement in Pediatrics advising that children use rear-facing car safety seats until they reach the height and weight limits recommended by manufacturers and use forward-facing seats with harnesses until recommended limits are reached once they have outgrown rear-facing seats. The guidance also urged the use of belt-positioning booster seats for those who exceeded the limit for forward-facing seat use and said that all children younger than 13 should sit in the back seat of a car.  Read more.

Choosing the Right Car Seat

Wondering if your child is outgrowing his or her car seat? It’s important to choose and use the right car seat correctly every time your child is in the car. Follow these steps to choosing the right one, installing it correctly, and keeping your child safe.

Healthy Spring Break

For Orange County Public School students, spring break starts tomorrow!  With it often comes family fun, from vacations to local activities, which can sometimes result in making some not so healthy choices.

Worry not, the break doesn’t have to be all about junk food and rest.  An active break can promote fitness and healthier eating for the whole family.

Here are some of our favorite tips to keep you and your family healthy during the break:

  • Maintain your healthy lifestyle rules, but be flexible. Watch portion sizes, but truly enjoy the food. Exercise to offset additional calories.
  • Drink plenty of fluids.  Dehydration can aggravate altitude sickness, motion sickness and jet lag. It can also cause headaches, dizziness and tiredness. Drink plenty of water, especially in warm weather or when you’re physically active.
  • Wash hands frequently.
  • Plan activities such as hiking, scuba diving or snorkeling, skiing, surfing or a walking tour.
  • Sample the local cuisine. Foods made from fresh ingredients help you experience the local culture — and stay on your health regimen.
  • Fill small, zip-top bags with raisins, dry cereal, carrots, pretzels, nuts or granola bars for between-meal munching. If you have healthy alternatives, you won’t be tempted to buy sugar- and calorie-laden snacks
  • Consider sharing large entrées with someone else in the family. You’ll be able to sample more variety of foods without overeating.

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We want to see how your family is choosing to be active during the break.  Share your pictures with us!

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Flying With Children

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If you’re traveling by plane with a young child, don’t forget to bring a child seat.

The Federal Aviation Administration advises:

  • Use a child restraint system (CRS) that’s approved for use on a plane.
  • Buy your child a ticket, and ask the airline if there’s a discounted fare for a child. Book adjacent seats, but be aware that you can’t put a CRS in an emergency exit row.
  • Ask the airline for help in making a connecting flight. It may be difficult to navigate a busy airport with the CRS, luggage and children.
  • Pack a bag with fun activities for your child, as well as snacks.