No matter a child’s age, special attention must always be given to their health and overall well-being. It is a parent’s job not only to ensure the health and safety of their child, but also to teach that child about healthy habits and why such habits are so important. Here are five health tips for children that will help.
#1 Eating right
is no secret that a healthy, well-balanced diet is the key to growing
up strong and healthy. Maintaining healthy eating habits is important
far beyond childhood and can help ensure a long, healthy life. First
and foremost, parents need to learn what a balanced diet is before they
can teach their kids. Healthy diets include lots of fresh fruits and
vegetables, whole grains, plenty of protein, and lots of fluids.
parents know what a good diet consists of, get the kids involved.
Start each day with a healthy breakfast that will refuel the body and
provide plenty of energy. Then, let the children help plan at least one
meal each week. This is a good way to let kids learn what foods are
healthy and which ones aren’t. And remember, kids learn by imitating
their parents, so set a good example by eating right!
#2 See the doctor regularly
medical check-ups are essential for staying healthy. Often, parents
make the mistake of only taking their child to the doctor when he or she
is sick – that’s a big mistake. Regular medical, dental, and vision
examinations will identify any potential problems and help children to
stay healthy. Vaccinations are also a good idea, as they help save
lives through the prevention of many diseases. Parents concerned about
the possible risks and side effects of having their children immunized
should talk to their doctor and never be afraid to ask questions.
#3 Banking the baby’s cord blood
a baby’s umbilical cord blood isn’t a frequent presence on “top health
tips for kids” lists, but it should be. Unfortunately, cord blood
banking isn’t as universally known about as doctors would like and many
expectant parents just don’t know how critical a matter it actually is. A
baby’s umbilical cord blood is rich in stem cells, which can be used to
treat a number of diseases including cancer and Sickle Cell Anemia.
Even when there is no obvious indication that a child is sick or will
become ill at some point, the cord blood could ensure its survival at
some time in the future. It can be carefully stored and preserved for
future use by that child or any relative. Parents may also opt to
donate the cord blood for public use by suitable recipients. If parents
want to learn how umbilical cord banking works they should consult their doctor before the baby is born.
#4 Healthy choices do matter
personal hygiene and making healthy choices often means the difference
between getting sick or hurt and staying healthy. Parents need to help
their children develop good personal hygiene skills and encourage making
healthy choices everyday. Parents should emphasize things like proper
hand washing before eating or handling food, coming in from outside, and
after using the restroom. Other healthy choices include not touching
the face and avoiding close contact, wearing a helmet when cycling and a
safety belt in a vehicle, applying sunscreen, and brushing their teeth.
The list is endless and the more a child is taught, the healthier he
or she will be.
#5 Staying active
active lifestyle is a healthy lifestyle. Parents should lead by
example and include children in their exercise activities. That means
taking the kids on a walk or bike ride and other similar outdoor
activities. It is a good idea to get between 30 and 60 minutes of
physical activity every day, or several smaller sessions equaling that
time. Parents can encourage more activity by limiting television and
computer time and encouraging the kids to play outside at least once a