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How to Teach Your Child Healthy Digestive Habits

´╗┐How to Teach Your Child Healthy Digestive Habits

How to Teach Your Child Healthy Digestive Habits

Being Too Sedentary

TV, video games, and computer time: These activities keep kids indoors and sedentary -- but kids need exercise for good health. Physical activity not only helps kids maintain a healthy weight, it can boost self-esteem and self-confidence; it even aids digestive health and is key in treating issues like constipation.

Expert Tip: Aim for 60 minutes of activity daily.

Encourage kids to get outside and stay active, advises pediatrician Scott Cohen, MD, attending physician at Cedars Sinai Medical Center and author of Eat, Sleep, Poop: A Complete Common Sense Guide to Your Baby's First Year. Kids over 2 should aim for 60 minutes of moderate activity daily, which can be broken into two 30-minute or even four 15-minute blocks. The key: Get moving!

Digestive Health: Set a Good Example

Eating right is a family effort. How to get your kids to eat a balanced diet, get plenty of exercise, and avoid too much junk food? One way kids learn good digestive health habits is by seeing them modeled.

"Parents need to set a good example of healthy eating for their children," Tolcher tells WebMD. As much as we wish otherwise, "'Do as I say but not as I do' does not work on children!"

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