Protein is necessary to build and repair muscle and to boost the immune system. Protein will be used as energy if the body doesn’t have enough carbohydrates or fats to use for energy. The need for protein in an athlete is increased, but many athletes overconsume protein and underconsume calories. Extra protein does not lead to extra muscle — muscle is 70% water and only 20% protein.
It was during my shift working as unit clerical assistant in the Progressive Care Unit at Texas Children’s Hospital that I realized something wasn’t right with my pregnancy.
Few areas are more controversial in pediatric nutrition than the role of a vegetarian diet for children. Today, more and more children are becoming vegetarians. Some are lacto-ovo vegetarians, meaning that they consume dairy products and eggs, while others may be more restrictive by following a vegan diet in which all animal-based food products are avoided. However, most vegetarian children only avoid red meat and may still eat some fish or even chicken.
It’s important to stay properly hydrated. During exercise, water and electrolytes are lost in sweat. If the loss is not replenished, this could lead to a decrease in performance and potential life-threatening, heat-related injuries. Younger athletes are more at risk for dehydration.
Signs of Dehydration:
The relationship between an infant and its mother is the single most important and enduring relationship for a child to develop in its life. But sometimes mothers do not develop an attachment to their babies, which may sometimes lead to emotional or physical neglect.
While there are many factors associated with maternal neglect, there is evidence that breastfeeding may have a protective effect. Promoting breastfeeding may be a simple and natural way to strengthen the mother-infant bond.