healthy habits

Childhood Obesity in Georgia

Childhood obesity in Georgia is a growing problem! In fact, the U.S. Centers For Disease Control and Prevention has reported that childhood obesity has more than tripled since the 1970s. And previous years of sheltering in place due to Covid-19 has lead to overeating and putting screen time ahead of physical activity, all of which … Continue

The Importance of Sleep for Kids

At every age of childhood, kids can struggle with sleep disruptions and problems. And we know that a lack of sleep can have a major impact on children’s health and wellbeing. So, what should you do if your child is having trouble falling or staying asleep? Let’s discuss the importance of sleep for kids and … Continue

Are Vaccinations Necessary?

Are Vaccinations Necessary? Are vaccinations necessary for your kids? Yes they are! They provide numerous benefits, both for the individual child and the community as a whole. Here are some key benefits of childhood vaccinations: Consult with Sun Pediatrics It’s important to consult with a pediatrician or healthcare provider to understand the specific vaccines recommended … Continue

More Tips for Raising Safe and Healthy Kids

Looking for more resources and tips for raising safe and healthy kids? This short list covers all the basics, with some links for more detailed information! Get Check-ups and Vaccinations Routine check-ups, including dental and eye exams, help identify ways to stay healthy, provide the opportunity to receive preventive services, and help find health problems … Continue

March is National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month, a nutrition education and information campaign created annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. In her article for the Academy, Vicki Shanta Retelny, RDN, LDN offers some healthy ways … Continue

How To Get Your Child to Sleep

Back-to-School Means Changing Sleep Schedules

Learn how to get your child to sleep - ask Sum Pediatrics.

Sleep experts generally agree that a consistent bed time is very important for promoting good sleeping habits in kids. A study in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health suggests consistency of kids’ bedtimes is just as important for their developing brains as the number of hours of sleep they get. The results showed that at age 7, not having a regular bedtime was related to lower cognitive tests scores in girls for reading, math and spatial skills, but was not statistically significant for boys.

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