Health April 2012

The latest healthcare options for your clan's well-being.

Alanna Weissman

Bowled Over

Help your family eat proper serving sizes with Yum Yum Dishes. Sold in packages of four, the colorful ceramic bowls hold four ounces of food and are as adorable as they are conducive to good health. Each dish is emblazoned with “Yum Yum Time is...” around the rim and “Over” inside the plate. Even if you’re not concerned about portion sizes, Yum Yum adds a bit of whimsy to your everyday dinnerware. Available at www.yumyumdish.com.

EEZE-y Does It

Prepare for allergy season by stocking up on Kids-EEZE. From the makers of Cold-EEZE, the medication relieves children’s cold and allergy symptoms and chest congestion. Even better, Kids-EEZE is not a liquid medicine but rather flavored soft chews, meaning children take them without a battle, anywhere, anytime. To purchase, log onto www.kidseeze.com or www.coldeeze.com.

Go Green

Keep your digestive system in tip-top shape with Raw Reserve Green Superfood. A drink powder available in both a bottle and single-serve packets, Raw Reserve contains 25 billion probiotics, is vegan and free of gluten. Versatile, too, it can be added to water, juice, smoothies and other drinks. Visit www.amazinggrass.com or your local health food store to get the super food that you can imbibe.

Bursting Bubbles

Make hand washing entertaining for tykes with Itzazu Kidz by Tropical Seas. The biodegradable soaps that come in four hue variations contain beads that burst during scrubbing, changing the color of the suds and keeping kids washing longer since they want to see the reaction. When the beads run out, the suds no longer changes color, alerting users that proper hand washing is complete. To try this clever method at home, see www.itzazukidz.com.

Positive Produce

Get children hooked on fruits and vegetables with HAPPYFAMILY treats. The line of snacks includes HAPPYBABY and HAPPYTOT, pureed fruit and vegetable blends packaged in portable pouches that contain no BPA or phthalates. Are your kids exceptionally picky eaters? Mix HAPPYTOT purees into their favorite fare to ensure they get all of their necessary nutrients. View the brand at www.happybabyfood.com.

Only Z Best

Keep kids full longer after snack time with Zbar Crispy from CLIF Kid. Each organic bar contains a mere 110 calories but a whopping eight grams of fiber, as well as essential vitamins and minerals, including calcium and iron. Though Zbar Crispy is available in Chocolate, Chocolate Chip and Peanut Butter, expand your child’s horizons with CLIF Kid Zfruit, which are fruit ropes sold in six yummy flavors. Each CLIF Kid Zfruit rope packs one serving of fruit. Learn more at www.clifbar.com.

Staying Safe

Learn to navigate the ups and downs of your child’s illnesses with Dr. Barton D. Schmitt’s My Child Is Sick!: Expert Advice for Managing Common Illnesses and Injuries (American Academy of Pediatrics). Delving into common childhood afflictions, including symptoms, time frames and red flags, the book helps parents avoid unnecessary ER visits and be extra prepared in the event a child ends up in the hospital. Educate yourself at www.ipgbook.com.

Smile Wide

Keep early childhood tooth decay and gum disease at bay with Tooth Tissues. The wipes clean baby’s teeth and gums, removing potentially harmful sugar residue left by milk and formula. Use the tissues prior to the eruption of teeth to ward off complications down the line— even if the threat seems months or years away. Keep your tot smiling at www.toothtissues.com.

Got Milk?

For kids and adults whose diets have nutritional gaps, try Stonyfield Farm’s Organic Omega-3 Milk. Available in Reduced Fat 2% and Whole Milk varieties, the beverage contains harvested fish oil, providing one of the two weekly recommended servings of fatty fish. Drink to your health at www.stonyfield.com.

Awesome Air

Ensure your home emanates freshness with David Oreck’s Pure Air Candles. Available in an array of sizes, the sweetly scented candles consume odor enzymes, eliminating household smells generated by food waste, pets, cigarette smoke and other culprits. For more information, log onto pureaircandles.com.

This column appeared in the April 2012 issue.