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Any breakfast better than none at all, pediatrician says

Dr. Dana Frazine says giving children sufficient time in the morning before rushing off to school can encourage better breakfast habits. 

September is Back to School Month, and physicians say children need to have something in their stomachs every day before they head out the door.

In this week's Family First segment, KRCG 13 spoke with SSM Health pediatrician Dr. Dana Frazine about how to make sure your kids don't miss the most important meal of the day.

"Even if it's just grab a handful of blueberries, or an apple, or a banana, or throw back a cup of milk, before you head out... At least you have something in your system," she said.

Dr. Frazine said a little food is still always better than no food for breakfast - even if it's not perfectly healthy. "Any attempt made to make it somewhat nutritious is better than not eating breakfast at all," she said.

Dr. Frazine has two children of her own. She said her son and daughter usually have some sort of fruit with breakfast, but that doesn't mean they never eat anything fun: "Sometimes they have wholegrain waffles, sometimes they have some homemade banana bread, it just depends on the morning."

If your child doesn't seem interested in eating in the morning, Dr. Frazine suggested taking a look first at bedtime habits. "Make sure that we're getting enough sleep at night, and that when we get up in the morning we're not in a big rush," she said. "So that way, our body has time to wake up and realize that it is hungry. Because after fasting all night long, most bodies should be hungry."

Healthy breakfast habits don't require eggs and fruit every morning, but Dr. Frazine said making sure your little ones have a little something in their stomach can really improve their AM routine. "They don't have to eat a Grand Slam breakfast, they just need to have a few bites of something," she said. "Just a couple bites of an apple, a little bit of milk... Just something to wake the body up."

Watch KRCG 13 at 5 p.m. next Friday for the next Family First segment - we'll talk to a pediatrician about how to help your kids succeed at school, from the comfort of your own home.

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