Tips on Choosing the Right Pediatrician for your Baby

 

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Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Choosing a pediatrician is an important part of having a baby and raising that child. In fact, most experts recommend that the baby visits their pediatrician six times during the first year of their life for routine visits. While it may seem like the whole process of finding the right pediatrician Spring TX is overwhelming, it is an important step that you shouldn’t overlook. Thankfully, the following tips will help you through this venture.

When should I search for a doctor?
Parents often begin searching for a pediatrician before the baby is born, and some even know who they want as their pediatrician before conceiving. While there is nothing wrong with choosing a doctor as early as possible, about 4 months before the due date is generally the time frame when you should begin finding a pediatrician.

What should I look for?
Most parents choose a pediatrician, which is a doctor that specializes in children’s health, while others go the whole family practitioner route, which provides care to the entire family. Both types of doctor can provide the required care to properly monitor, and treat if necessary, your newborn’s health. The choice comes down to what you feel most comfortable with.

How do I know if a doctor is suitable for my needs?
Not all doctors are suitable for every person and what you are looking for can differ from what other parents want. One thing that soon-to-be parents do is ask family and friends for recommendations. While this is a fine start, it doesn’t really provide you with the information you need to make a decision. Instead, ask probing questions so you have more to go on than a simple list of names. For example, ask them how the child responds with the doctor, if the doctor is personable and willing to answer questions, is the doctor keeping up-to-date with the latest advances in the medical field, what is the wait time and is the staff friendly. These questions will give you a better understanding of whether or not that recommended doctor should be on your radar.

I have a list of names. Now what do I do?
Once you have the list of doctors you are considering, you can begin interviewing them. This will require visiting with the doctor and asking them predetermined questions that are important to you. Don’t worry about feeling silly. Doctors from all practices are regularly interviewed and they know how important it is for parents to find the right doctor for their children.

Enjoy Sweet Treats That Are Low Calorie or Fat-Free

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One of the worst parts of being on a diet is not being able to enjoy desserts. Unfortunately, when an individual doesn’t include sugar and desserts in their diet, it is not long before they completely fail. Whatever weight they lost, they quickly gain back, plus more. For this reason, it is an extremely important for you to include sweet treats in your diet that are either low-calorie or fat-free. This will allow you to indulge every once in a while without completely breaking your diet.

For one thing, you want to make sure that you include fruit in your diet. This is going to give you just that little bit of extra sugar in the diet in order to help you overcome cravings. In addition to being yummy treats, different types of fruit will also provide vitamins, nutrients, as well as fiber. When you completely cut out fruit from your diet, you are missing out on a yummy sweet treat as well as a variety of things that are beneficial for your health.

Lots of individuals have found that they can enjoy low-calorie or fat-free treats that include fruit as well as other items. For example, many individuals love chocolate covered strawberries. They just melt some dark chocolate chips and then dip strawberries in them. They usually feel satisfied after eating just a strawberry or two. The same idea can be applied to other fruits.

Another idea is using yogurt as a substitute for ice cream. Yogurt provides a variety of health benefits and is usually low-calorie and in some cases completely fat-free. You can purchase your own frozen yogurt equipment if you would like to make it at home. Or you can purchase yogurt from the store and eat it plain or add fruit and other toppings. This is a great way to satisfy a sweet tooth without going overboard.

Smoothies are a perfect way to to satisfy a sugar craving without getting too crazy. You can make smoothies in a variety of ways in order to provide health benefits and enjoy the beverage. Some smoothies can be made using bananas, chocolate, and peanut butter. Or other smoothies can be made using yogurt, strawberries, and orange juice. Really, the options are almost unlimited. Some individuals like to freeze the fruit first and then add it to smoothies. While others prefer using ice cubes in order to make the smoothies cold.

Happy Meals and Happier Massages

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One of the side effects of eating a lot of Happy Meals with the family is the tendency to put on a few extra pounds.  In spite of our best intentions to maintain a trim physique, we will find the clothes getting tighter, the exercise less frequent, and the portions on our plate getting bigger.  What to do in a situation like that?  Well, eating healthier always comes to mind, but it can be such a challenge.  And it’s equally difficult to get out to the gym or start an exercise routine, even if the treadmill is sitting right in front of the TV.

There are still things you can do to jumpstart a good diet, and they begin with a nice massage.  Now you might not think of getting a massage as a part of a weight loss plan, but studies have shown that overtaxing the metabolism can cause it to be sluggish just as much as a lack of exercise can.  And it’s the metabolism that we need to kick in in order to lose weight.  Getting a good massage relaxes the body, pulls toxins from the tissues and helps expel waste.

I was thrilled when I found a diet that suggested getting a massage once a week and cutting back on strenuous exercise.  You know the feeling.  You go to the gym faithfully each week, and the scale seem stuck on a number.  Some call it a plateau, but in other cases, it’s the metabolism shutting down because it has been overtaxed and can’t function.

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photo credit – groupon.com

Now if you think getting a regular massage is too expensive for your budget, go to the Groupon site and you’ll be surprised to find they have all sorts of great deals for massage services near you.  I found a Groupon coupon that gave me 50% off a deep tissue massage.  And all you have to do is call up the coupon on your mobile phone.  You can even save more by using a code that gives you $25 off your first deal. With saving like that, getting your metabolism back on track should be easy.  And with the money you save, you can schedule one massage a week, and still save money.  Now that’s the basis for a Happy Meal indeed.