Fall Feast: Cooking With Kids

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about planning your family’s Thanksgiving dinner. Previously, we discussed how family meals are good for your kids. Including children in meal planning and preparation is a good way to get kids interested in eating better.

When you’re preparing a big meal like a Thanksgiving dinner, you may have children in the kitchen, either helping or being underfoot. Dr. Pam Okada, a pediatric emergency specialist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says children should be supervised carefully in the kitchen. Young children may not understand the dangers in a kitchen, and it only takes a second for a serious injury to occur. Look out for dangling cords or tablecloths that a child could pull and bring down hot dishes. When children are helping prepare a meal, assign them tasks that don’t involve heat, sharp utensils or electrical appliances, and supervise them while they’re in the kitchen. 

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November 2011

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