Health Tips for Children

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Children need extra care and attention when it comes to their health.  Children can be susceptible to infections and illnesses.  Parents need to be diligent in caring for their children’s health to ensure they continue to be healthy.

Washing handsPersonal Hygiene

Although often overlooked, hand washing is one of the major ways to rid the body of germs and prevent illness.  Children should be taught to hand wash often, and especially before eating.  Another very important factor is brushing and flossing their teeth.  Many germs can lay dormant in the mouth in between the teeth, and actually seep into the blood stream.  Adequate brushing and flossing can help to rid these germs.

 

Healthy Eating Plan

As children grow, the needs of their body also grow and change. When young, as when a baby, the need for supplements and energy-rich food is imperative.  These foods help with development and growth of bones, tissues and muscle.

When children are old enough to go to school, parents must pay more attention to their eating patterns. There may be sudden changes that can have adverse effects on the child.  New environments, new exposures and new infections can be shared among school children. Adequate nutrition can help to ward of these infections.  Those children that have fuelled their bodies with proper nutrition are more likely to stay healthy then those that don’t.  

Almost all schools in Canada now are focusing on eliminating junk food from their cafeterias.  This will help to ensure adequate nutrients are being eaten at school.

Activities

In the world of screens (TV, laptop, gaming consoles and phones) children need to be encouraged to get outside and play!  Activity levels in children have dropped dramatically in the last 20 years and continue to get worse every year.  Physical activity helps children as they grow. Even in schools, physical activity programs have been cut due to education cut backs.  When children are young and their bodies are growing, they have the ability to grow cells that contain fat.

Childhood obesity is a growing trend and proper exercise and nutrition can help to eliminate this new epidemic.  Although we might have come leaps and bounds in academia and technology in the last twenty years, we have really fallen from our activity levels in North America.  It is imperative that children at a young age realize the importance of a healthy lifestyle and the importance of adequate nutrition and exercise.