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10 Tips from Dominique Dawes on Keeping Kids Healthy

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Come Prepared to Doctor Appointments

Doctors have myriad skills, but the one attribute missing from their resumes is the ability to read minds. That's why Dawes recommends going to your child's doctor appointments prepared. After all, your child's doctor relies on information from you. Be forthcoming and honest, take a notebook with you to capture everything you learn, and do your prep work.

Here are some of Dawes' tips on coming prepared:

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  • Think through your questions and concerns ahead of time. Write them down and bring them with you.
  • Make note of how your child has been doing physically and emotionally.
  • Write down any changes you have witnessed and why you think they might have come about. For example, after your child started eating a certain type of food, did he or she develop a rash?
  • Consider how well your child has been sleeping.
  • Start keeping track of your child's numbers -- body mass index, blood pressure, body fat percentage -- and bringing them with you to his or her appointments. Don't forget to record new numbers after each appointment.
  • Document your family medical history and bring it along as a reference tool.

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