Patient Resources

Healthy Eating for Children

by Hae Kyong Nelson, MD

Staying healthy should be a life long goal, and it is important to put your child on the right path early on. It is easier to improve a child’s eating habits if changes are made before school-age. Gradual changes to improve eating and exercise habits can have a huge impact on your child’s health. Studies have also shown a direct correlation to the amount of TV viewing to obesity in children. Better results will be seen if the entire family participates in these healthy habits.

We encourage the following:

  • Family participation
  • Exercising daily (especially walking)
  • Gradual change of eating habits
  • Maintenance or gradual loss of weight
  • Minimizing TV viewing to less than 2 hours a day

Foods and habits that should be avoided:

  • Caffeine and sweetened beverages
  • Deep fried foods/fast foods
  • Chocolate/sweets
  • Butter
  • Eating out, when bored or in front of the TV
  • Excess snacks

General food recommendations:

  • Baked, broiled, and grilled meats
  • Steamed and heated vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Water, 2% milk or skim
  • Wheat or rye bread
  • Butter substitutions

We do NOT recommend the following:

  • Significant weight loss
  • Diuretics, diet pills, or radical diets
  • Punishment for weight gain or overeating
  • Disparaging/negative remarks
  • Skipping meals

Healthy eating includes:

3 meals a day
2-3 snacks a day
Smaller portions
Eating slowly
Eating at the table with family
Avoiding desserts

Newborn Care Instructions & Tips

We know that a new baby doesn’t come with instructions and bringing your baby home can cause a lot of apprehension, so we’ve pulled together some Newborn Care Instructions & Tips to guide you through caring for your little one. If you ever have any questions or concerns, please call our office. Someone will be able to offer an appointment, advice or just an ear to listen!

Summer Safety Tips

by Hae Kyong Nelson, MD


  • Your child should always wear a helmet when riding a bike/scooter, skateboarding, rollerblading, etc.
  • The helmet should meet CPSC safety standards (look for the label).
  • Make sure their helmet fits securely and will not come off when fastened.
  • You should never reuse a helmet after a serious fall but replace it with a new helmet.

Sun Safety

  • All children should limit their exposure to the sun.
  • The time of the day with the greatest amount of sunlight 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
  • Children should always use sunscreen with UVB and UVA protection and make sure that it is greater than 15 SPF.
  • Sunscreen should be used by all children over 6 months of age on all exposed parts of the body. Sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes before exposure and reapplied every 2 hours.
  • Any child under 6 months should stay out of direct sunlight. If your child is under 6 months of age, he/she should be covered in protective clothing and kept in the shade. The child may also have SMALL amounts of sunscreen applied to their face and the back of their hands and arms.

Insect Repellent

  • If your child is over 2 months in age, you may apply insect repellant when outside.
  • The repellant should be less than 30% DEET, and you should avoid reapplying unless necessary.
  • A child should always wash the insect rep all off with soap and water after using the product.
  • Always avoid spraying the repellant onto the face or areas with cuts or wounds.
  • You should also avoid scented products or wearing bright colors. These things attract bugs.

Water Safety

  • There should be a 4 foot tall fence around all pools.
  • You should NEVER leave your child alone in the water, even for a brief moment.
  • Learning to swim at a young age does not decrease the risk of drowning.
  • All children on boats or water sports equipment MUST wear a life jacket.