Archive for the ‘Child Health’ Category

3 Tips For Improving Kings Mountain Kids’ Attention Spans

Thursday, January 16th, 2014

Gastonia immunization schedule

Hello NC parents! Today in the Kings Mountain Children’s Health Blog, we are going to look at various ways to lengthen kids’ attention spans. An increased attention span can improve learning ability as well as behavior and is an important aspect of kids health in Gastonia.

1. Find an activity that will hold their attention. This might mean that you need to experiment with different types of toys and crafts. One child might enjoy building blocks while another may become engrossed in an art project. There are many craft and hobby stores in the Hickory, Charlotte, and Gastonia area where parents can get great ideas.

2. Recorded stories are a wonderful resource for increasing attention spans. Have your child lie on the floor and close their eyes, then play a recorded story. When it’s finished, have your child retell the story to you. Local Shelby libraries are perfect for finding recorded books and stories. Or you can download audio books for your iPad or other electronic reader.

3. Make sure that your child is using age-appropriate toys, crafts, and media. Age recommendations can be very helpful when deciding what activities will effectively engage your child.

Remember that it’s natural for different children to have varying attention spans, but the attention span of all kids should improve with age.

I’m Ralinda Mayes and I am passionate about helping NC parents raise healthy and happy kids. I try to keep apprised on the latest in proper nutrition, childhood obesity, and immunizations. I am the owner of my own Kings Mountain home business that promotes Xpower square. If you are interested in learning more, please visit my website at http:xbnlive.com/ralindamayes or give me a call at 7047309132.

chocolate specialist Ralinda Mayes
Kings Mountain, NC 28086
7047309132
picnscrapgirl@hotmail.com
Xocai nugget
Xpower square


The following online article was used as source material for this blog:
Paxton, Jackie, & Shoemake, Teresa, “Fun Ways to Increase Children’s Attention Span”, http://www.atu.edu/research/ProfessionalDevelopmentGrants/06-07/JackiePaxton/Final_Report-Fun_Ways_to_Increase_Children_s_Attention_Span.pdf, accessed on October 10, 2013

Join Xocai today!

I am Ralinda Mayes, and I am a Kings Mountain-based Xocai artisan chocolate distributor. I joined Xocai in July 2010. I sell the industry-leading Xocai nugget and Xpower square online and in Kings Mountain, Gastonia, Charlotte, and Hickory. Our valued Shelby customers recommend Xpower square because Xpower square makes me feel good.

Xocai is also a fantastic Xocai nugget home-based business in the Shelby area. NC entrepreneurs can supplement their income by cashing in on a high-demand NC healthy artisan chocolate market. To learn more about Xocai, visit http:xbnlive.com/ralindamayes.

Call me at 7047309132 to own your own Xocai nugget business in Kings Mountain, Gastonia, Charlotte, or Hickory.

3 Critical Toy Safety Rules For Kings Mountain Parents

Friday, November 29th, 2013

Shelby childrens vitamins

Between holidays and birthdays, there are plenty of opportunities for gift giving in the Shelby area, so parents are often on the lookout for toys to give at the next big event. Toys can promote children’s health by stimulating the mind, encouraging imagination, or by getting kids moving around and exercising. But whatever toy you choose, make sure it is safe.

Next time you are browsing the toy aisle of your favorite Gastonia, Charlotte, or Hickory department store, here are a few safety tips to keep in mind.

1. Be sure that you purchase toys that suit the child’s age and abilities. Buying a toy that is meant for older children is a possible safety hazard and should always be avoided.

2. Once you’ve chosen an age-appropriate toy, read all of the enclosed instructions before allowing your kids to play with it.

3. This can be difficult when you have children of differing ages, but you should always make sure that older kids play with toys containing small parts away from younger children, and never allow them to leave the game pieces unattended.

And, speaking of gifts, remember that ribbons and strings should be taken away immediately after a gift or toy is unwrapped.

My name is Ralinda Mayes and I am passionate about kids health in Gastonia. I want to help parents in and around Shelby to raise healthy children and I do this by discussing important issues in my Children’s Health Blog, such as proper nutrition, immunization schedules, and safety.

I own a home based business here in Kings Mountain that sells Xpower square. If you would like to learn more, call me at 7047309132 or visit me on the web at http://http:xbnlive.com/ralindamayes.

Thanks for reading, Shelby parents!

The following webpage was consulted for this post:
http://www.healthychildren.org/English/news/Pages/Holiday-Safety-Tips.aspx, accessed on August 15, 2013.

Join Xocai today!

I am Ralinda Mayes, and I am a Kings Mountain-based Xocai artisan chocolate distributor. I joined Xocai in July 2010. I sell the industry-leading Xocai nugget and Xpower square online and in Kings Mountain, Gastonia, Charlotte, and Hickory. Our valued Shelby customers recommend Xpower square because Xpower square makes me feel good.

Xocai is also a fantastic Xocai nugget home-based business in the Shelby area. NC entrepreneurs can supplement their income by cashing in on a high-demand NC healthy artisan chocolate market. To learn more about Xocai, visit http:xbnlive.com/ralindamayes.

Call me at 7047309132 to own your own Xocai nugget business in Kings Mountain, Gastonia, Charlotte, or Hickory.

3 Easy Ways For Kings Mountain Kids to Get More Antioxidants

Wednesday, November 27th, 2013

Gastonia kids shot schedule

Because antioxidants are associated with cell damage and cell death, parents in the Gastonia, Charlotte, and Hickory area often mistakenly assume that antioxidants are only important for adults and the elderly, those with more visible cell death and damage. But that simply isn’t the case. Everyone needs antioxidants for their health, even kids.

Antioxidants work their magic by protecting cells from free radicals. Free radicals are a by-product of the normal metabolic processes that take place in everyone’s bodies (even kids!) all the time. Free radicals may also occur from pollutants, such as cigarette smoke, or when the body breaks down certain medicines.

Free radicals damage cells through oxidation. You might remember from chemistry class that this is the same process that causes an apple slice to turn brown. During oxidation in the cells, DNA can be damaged and changed, which can create the beginnings of disease. A chain reaction of damage can also occur with one damaged molecule becomes a free radical itself and then damages another, and so on.

Now that you know their importance, here are 3 great ways to get more antioxidants into your kids’ diets.

1. Get more veggies on their plates at dinner time and in their lunch boxes

2. Make fruit the snack of choice for your family

3. When buying processed snacks, choose those fortified with antioxidants.

My name is Ralinda Mayes and I sell Xocai nugget in the Kings Mountain and Shelby areas. If you are interested in learning more about how Xocai nugget can be a part of your child’s healthy lifestyle, call me today at 7047309132.

chocolate specialist Ralinda Mayes
Kings Mountain, NC 28086
7047309132
picnscrapgirl@hotmail.com
Xocai nugget
Xpower square

Join Xocai today!

I am Ralinda Mayes, and I am a Kings Mountain-based Xocai artisan chocolate distributor. I joined Xocai in July 2010. I sell the industry-leading Xocai nugget and Xpower square online and in Kings Mountain, Gastonia, Charlotte, and Hickory. Our valued Shelby customers recommend Xpower square because Xpower square makes me feel good.

Xocai is also a fantastic Xocai nugget home-based business in the Shelby area. NC entrepreneurs can supplement their income by cashing in on a high-demand NC healthy artisan chocolate market. To learn more about Xocai, visit http:xbnlive.com/ralindamayes.

Call me at 7047309132 to own your own Xocai nugget business in Kings Mountain, Gastonia, Charlotte, or Hickory.

Music is Magic for Kings Mountain Kids

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Gastonia immunization schedule

Parents in and around Kings Mountain know that healthy kids need proper nutrition, lots of exercise, and well-rounded lives. It’s also safe to say that for all children, a well-rounded life should include music in one form or another.

Studies have shown that music does so much more than simply entertain!

Did you know that children who are involved in some kind of musical training during school perform better in math and science? They also develop better coordination, do better in reading, concentrating, and goal setting. Studies show that students who are involved in a music education program also perform better on their SATs, and are more likely to attend college.

While it’s ideal for Hickory, Charlotte, and Gastonia parents to start their kids young, it is never too late to learn a musical instrument. Music stores in the Shelby area will have great advice on age-appropriate music lessons and teachers for your curious child.

But lessons aren’t the only way! Keep an eye out in the Kings Mountain community for musical events such as church, school, and community performance programs. Check with Hickory, Charlotte, and Gastonia libraries, websites, and community centers for more information.

Keep up the good work, Kings Mountain parents! Your children are lucky to have you to help them stay safe, healthy, and happy!

My name is Ralinda Mayes and I am very interested in kids health in Gastonia. I am the owner of a Shelby area home business that sells Xpower square. If you are interested in learning more, visit my web site at http:xbnlive.com/ralindamayes or give me a call at 7047309132.

chocolate specialist Ralinda Mayes
Kings Mountain, NC 28086
7047309132
picnscrapgirl@hotmail.com
Xocai nugget
Xpower square


The following online article was used as source material for this blog:
Brown, Laura Lewis, “The Benefits of Music Education”, http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/music-arts/the-benefits-of-music-education/, accessed on October 10, 2013

Join Xocai today!

I am Ralinda Mayes, and I am a Kings Mountain-based Xocai artisan chocolate distributor. I joined Xocai in July 2010. I sell the industry-leading Xocai nugget and Xpower square online and in Kings Mountain, Gastonia, Charlotte, and Hickory. Our valued Shelby customers recommend Xpower square because Xpower square makes me feel good.

Xocai is also a fantastic Xocai nugget home-based business in the Shelby area. NC entrepreneurs can supplement their income by cashing in on a high-demand NC healthy artisan chocolate market. To learn more about Xocai, visit http:xbnlive.com/ralindamayes.

Call me at 7047309132 to own your own Xocai nugget business in Kings Mountain, Gastonia, Charlotte, or Hickory.

Old-School Snacks For Shelby Kids

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

Less Meat, More Plants For Healthier Gastonia Kids

What does it take to make a healthy snack? The aisles at every Gastonia, Charlotte, and Hickory grocery store are lined with packages that claim to be healthy and to contain the newest, most exciting vitamin or mineral. But is that really what makes a snack healthy?

Chances are that the answer is no. A lot of the foods that make healthy snacks are not the ones that you find packaged in the middle of the supermarket. Rather, they are what we would consider plain old food.

Plain old food has the advantage of being unprocessed and free of chemicals and preservatives. So, let’s take a look at these seemingly boring snack ingredients.

Cheese is a real protein powerhouse for your kids, so a little goes a long way. For a fun twist, try using cookie cutters to make shapes that your kids will love to gobble up!

Peanut butter and childhood go together like, well, peanut butter and jelly. Ants on a log, peanut butter spread on celery with raisins is always a fun treat. If your child has peanut allergies, you can always substitute almond butter in most recipes.

Low-fat yogurt is probably a favorite of your child’s already, but this versatile source of calcium has plenty of tricks up its sleeves. Try adding berries, or something crunchy like granola or whole-grain cereal. And, in the hot summer months, a yogurt pop can really hit the spot.

The humble egg isn’t just for breakfast anymore. Hard-boiled eggs kept in the fridge might be one of the most convenient ways to enjoy this high-protein snack.

As you can see, the secret to children’s nutrition might just be that there is no secret at all. Find real food, make it into a snack, and ignore the claims made by processed, pre-packaged food.

Hi. My name is Ralinda Mayes and I am passionate about kids health in Gastonia. I want to help parents in and around Shelby to raise healthy, happy children. One way I do this by discussing important issues in my Children’s Health Blog, such as childhood obesity in Hickory, immunization schedules, and safety.

I own a home based business in Kings Mountain that sells Xpower square. If you would like to learn more, call me at 7047309132 or visit me on the web at http://http:xbnlive.com/ralindamayes.

Thanks so much for reading, Shelby parents!

The following online article was used to write this post:
http://www.parents.com/toddlers-preschoolers/feeding/healthy-eating/the-20-best-snacks-for-kids/#page=4, accessed on September 4, 2013.

Join Xocai today!

I am Ralinda Mayes, and I am a Kings Mountain-based Xocai artisan chocolate distributor. I joined Xocai in July 2010. I sell the industry-leading Xocai nugget and Xpower square online and in Kings Mountain, Gastonia, Charlotte, and Hickory. Our valued Shelby customers recommend Xpower square because Xpower square makes me feel good.

Xocai is also a fantastic Xocai nugget home-based business in the Shelby area. NC entrepreneurs can supplement their income by cashing in on a high-demand NC healthy artisan chocolate market. To learn more about Xocai, visit http:xbnlive.com/ralindamayes.

Call me at 7047309132 to own your own Xocai nugget business in Kings Mountain, Gastonia, Charlotte, or Hickory.

The Shelby Children’s Health Blog: Your Source For Helpful Information

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Nutrition for Shelby children

Hi! My name is Ralinda Mayes of Kings Mountain. I own a home based business that sells Xpower square. I am passionate about helping Gastonia, Charlotte, and Hickory parents raise happy and healthy kids. That is why I started the Children’s Health Blog. Today I would like to explain what the blog can do for you.

There truly is a wealth of children’s health and wellness information on the internet, but sometimes it can feel a bit like getting a drink from a fire hose. In my blog, I try to distill this information into helpful tips that busy Shelby parents can really use.

Some of the topics that I am most concerned with are proper nutrition, childhood obesity, and immunization schedules.

Keeping our kids healthy can really be a challenge these days. They seem to be eating more junk food, watching more television, and playing outside less and less. But having healthy children is possible. Visit the blog often to find out how!

If you would like to discuss any children’s health issues, or if you would like to know more about my home business and the Xpower square that I sell, please feel free to give me a call at 7047309132. You can also visit my website at http:xbnlive.com/ralindamayes or email me at picnscrapgirl@hotmail.com.

Contact me today!

chocolate specialist Ralinda Mayes
Kings Mountain, NC 28086
7047309132
picnscrapgirl@hotmail.com
Xocai nugget
Xpower square

Join Xocai today!

I am Ralinda Mayes, and I am a Kings Mountain-based Xocai artisan chocolate distributor. I joined Xocai in July 2010. I sell the industry-leading Xocai nugget and Xpower square online and in Kings Mountain, Gastonia, Charlotte, and Hickory. Our valued Shelby customers recommend Xpower square because Xpower square makes me feel good.

Xocai is also a fantastic Xocai nugget home-based business in the Shelby area. NC entrepreneurs can supplement their income by cashing in on a high-demand NC healthy artisan chocolate market. To learn more about Xocai, visit http:xbnlive.com/ralindamayes.

Call me at 7047309132 to own your own Xocai nugget business in Kings Mountain, Gastonia, Charlotte, or Hickory.

How Does Nature Make Gastonia Kids Happier?

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

Gastonia kids shot schedule

Hello Kings Mountain parents! Welcome the the Shelby Kid’s Health Blog. I’m sure most of you know how important it is for your kids health to spend time outdoors each and every day. But it may be even more important than you think.

Just like proper nutrition, immunizations, and vitamins, getting outside is essential for your child’s health.

One reason if for the natural light of the outdoors. This natural light keeps kids alert and healthy. Also, exposure to this light in the morning has a way of setting children’s internal clocks to promote better sleep and earlier bedtimes. (And what Hickory parent doesn’t want earlier bedtimes?!) Another reason is that nature soothes and comforts children in safe, healthy ways. Studies have shown that children have better ability to focus with increased time outdoors. This will translate to more productive learning time as well as more tranquility in the home. Lastly, outdoor exercise is superior to indoor exercise because it promotes more physically vigorous play like jumping, running, and tumbling. These are all of the things that Charlotte area parents are always telling their kids to stop doing in the living room!

Arrange your family’s schedule so that your children have time to explore the Kings Mountain outdoors, and everyone will be better for it!

My name is Ralinda Mayes and I want to help Kings Mountain families to raise healthy, happy kids. I am the owner of a Shelby area home business that sells Xpower square. If you are interested in learning more, visit my web site at http:xbnlive.com/ralindamayes or give me a call at 7047309132.

The following online article was used for this post: “Green Time for Sleep Time”, http://www.nwf.org/Get-Outside/Be-Out-There/Why-Be-Out-There/Benefits/Green-Time-Sleep-Time.aspx, accessed on Aug 16, 2013.

Join Xocai today!

I am Ralinda Mayes, and I am a Kings Mountain-based Xocai artisan chocolate distributor. I joined Xocai in July 2010. I sell the industry-leading Xocai nugget and Xpower square online and in Kings Mountain, Gastonia, Charlotte, and Hickory. Our valued Shelby customers recommend Xpower square because Xpower square makes me feel good.

Xocai is also a fantastic Xocai nugget home-based business in the Shelby area. NC entrepreneurs can supplement their income by cashing in on a high-demand NC healthy artisan chocolate market. To learn more about Xocai, visit http:xbnlive.com/ralindamayes.

Call me at 7047309132 to own your own Xocai nugget business in Kings Mountain, Gastonia, Charlotte, or Hickory.

4 Things Your Kings Mountain Pediatrician Wants You To Know

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013

Gastonia Kids Vitamins

The health of their children is a top priority for parents in the Gastonia, Charlotte, and Hickory areas, and that’s why having a good relationship with your child’s pediatrician is important. From well-child check-ups to children’s immunizations to flu shots, these healthcare providers are there when parents need them.

Today in the Kings Mountain Children’s Health Blog, we want to give you a look into some of the issues facing pediatricians, especially those issues that they may have difficulty discussing with parents.

1. A cold is a cold is a cold, even if they call it something different. There are lots of names for the common cold, like “viral rhinosinusitis” or “purulent rhinitis”. They might sound fancy, but if your kids has it, it really just means they have a cold. Many pediatricians use these terms so parents don’t feel like their being sent away from the office with an overly-simple diagnosis.

2. Old wives’ tales and internet health sites are no substitutes for professional medical advice! There are many rumors that have no scientific basis, but some patients insist on bringing their child in because an older member of the family noticed something (think green snot or ear tugging). Also, while the internet is filled with great information, it is also teeming with sensationalized and nonscientific sites that can be downright dangerous. Pediatricians just want parents to be safe and well-informed when choosing how to treat their child.

3. Fevers are scary, but for children over 3 months old, there is no magic number where a fever becomes dangerous. However, accompanying symptoms like lethargy, rash, or inconsolable crying are cause for concern.

4. Scheduling is not an exact science.
No one likes to camp out in the waiting room, but, once in a while, a patient requires a little extra care, and this can throw the schedule off for the day. However, one day that patient may be your child, and you’ll want that schedule-ruining extra care as well.

My name is Ralinda Mayes and I want to help Shelby families to raise healthy, happy kids. Issues such as proper nutrition for children and childhood obesity are often on my mind. I am the owner of a direct sales Shelby area home business that sells Xpower square.

If you are interested in learning more, visit my web site at http:xbnlive.com/ralindamayes or call me at 7047309132.

chocolate specialist Ralinda Mayes
Kings Mountain, NC 28086
7047309132
picnscrapgirl@hotmail.com
Xocai nugget
Xpower square

The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.parents.com/health/doctors/top-10-confessions-of-a-pediatrician/?page=1, accessed on August 15, 2013

Join Xocai today!

I am Ralinda Mayes, and I am a Kings Mountain-based Xocai artisan chocolate distributor. I joined Xocai in July 2010. I sell the industry-leading Xocai nugget and Xpower square online and in Kings Mountain, Gastonia, Charlotte, and Hickory. Our valued Shelby customers recommend Xpower square because Xpower square makes me feel good.

Xocai is also a fantastic Xocai nugget home-based business in the Shelby area. NC entrepreneurs can supplement their income by cashing in on a high-demand NC healthy artisan chocolate market. To learn more about Xocai, visit http:xbnlive.com/ralindamayes.

Call me at 7047309132 to own your own Xocai nugget business in Kings Mountain, Gastonia, Charlotte, or Hickory.

The Lethal Machine In Your Hickory Garage

Friday, August 16th, 2013

Gastonia Kids Vitamins

As Shelby kids get older, they often are able to help out around the house. Giving kids more responsibility is essential to their health and development, but parents should be sure to know what responsibilities their children are ready for, especially when it comes to working in the yard.

Mowing the lawn is  a weekly chore for many Shelby families, and most parents are happy to turn this job over to an older child. However, parents should be absolutely sure that their child is old enough (and mature enough) to safely operate the machinery. After all, we’re talking about sharp, motorized blades whirring within arm’s length of our child’s legs and feet. Because these machines are commonplace, many parents forget how dangerous they are. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children be at least twelve years of age before using a walk-behind mower and sixteen for ride-on mowers. Of course, this doesn’t mean that every teen is capable of safely mowing the lawn, these are only general guidelines.

Anyone operating a mower should wear sturdy shoes instead of sandals. Remove objects from the lawn such as toys and small rocks before mowing, and insist that your child wear eye protection while they mow.

Regardless of who is cutting the grass at your Gastonia, Charlotte, or Kings Mountain home, young children should not be outside playing while the mower is running.

My name is Ralinda Mayes and I am very interested in kids health in Gastonia. I am your local source for Xpower square in the Shelby area and online.

If you are interested in learning more, visit my website at http:xbnlive.com/ralindamayes or call me at 7047309132.

chocolate specialist Ralinda Mayes
Kings Mountain, NC 28086
7047309132
picnscrapgirl@hotmail.com
Xocai nugget
Xpower square


The following website was used as source material for this blog:
http://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/news-features-and-safety-tips/Pages/Summer-Safety-Tips.aspx?nfstatus=401&nftoken=00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000&nfstatusdescription=ERROR%3a+No+local+token, accessed on July 15, 2013

Join Xocai today!

I am Ralinda Mayes, and I am a Kings Mountain-based Xocai artisan chocolate distributor. I joined Xocai in July 2010. I sell the industry-leading Xocai nugget and Xpower square online and in Kings Mountain, Gastonia, Charlotte, and Hickory. Our valued Shelby customers recommend Xpower square because Xpower square makes me feel good.

Xocai is also a fantastic Xocai nugget home-based business in the Shelby area. NC entrepreneurs can supplement their income by cashing in on a high-demand NC healthy artisan chocolate market. To learn more about Xocai, visit http:xbnlive.com/ralindamayes.

Call me at 7047309132 to own your own Xocai nugget business in Kings Mountain, Gastonia, Charlotte, or Hickory.

AAP Immunization Information For Gastonia Parents

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

AAP Immunization Information For Gastonia Parents In the past century, the rates of many serious diseases in the United States have significantly declined, in some cases, they have been virtually eradicated.

Many Gastonia people have never met a person with measles, polio, small pox, rubella, tetanus, or diphtheria; though these diseases killed thousands of NC children in past generations.

One of the main reasons many dangerous communicable childhood diseases have been minimized in our area is due to Shelby children’s immunizations. The increase in immunization use has gone a long way to improve health in our NC communities.

Recently, I have noticed that many Gastonia parents are questioning the children’s immunization schedule. I came across an informative American Academy of Pediatrics FAQ sheet that addresses most of the common concerns.

The AAP document entitled ‘The Vaccine Schedule, Why Is It Like That?,’ can be downloaded at http://www.aap.org/healthtopics/immunizations.cfm

I certainly learned a lot after reading the FAQ sheet and thought I would tell you about it here in my Gastonia children’s health blog.

I think it is important for all Gastonia parents like myself to be reminded of the scientific evidence that supports the use of the immunization schedule.

I am Gastonia children’s health advocate Ralinda Mayes. Call me at 7047309132 to learn about my favorite healthy snack for NC kids.

Join Xocai today!

I am Ralinda Mayes, and I am a Kings Mountain-based Xocai artisan chocolate distributor. I joined Xocai in July 2010. I sell the industry-leading Xocai nugget and Xpower square online and in Kings Mountain, Gastonia, Charlotte, and Hickory. Our valued Shelby customers recommend Xpower square because Xpower square makes me feel good.

Xocai is also a fantastic Xocai nugget home-based business in the Shelby area. NC entrepreneurs can supplement their income by cashing in on a high-demand NC healthy artisan chocolate market. To learn more about Xocai, visit http:xbnlive.com/ralindamayes.

Call me at 7047309132 to own your own Xocai nugget business in Kings Mountain, Gastonia, Charlotte, or Hickory.