Monday, November 19

Parent Tip

Maintaining Children’s Health

Members of healthy family can enjoy life and each other more.  Good physical health requires good nutrition, good hygiene and regular exercise.  Good health also calls for medical and dental checkups on time and immunizations on schedule.

Hygiene

Introduce children to the basic concepts of good hygiene and encourage them to practice good health habits every day.  Tell your youngsters to:

  • Wash their hands prior to every meal and before snacks. Wash hands after playing, sneezing, using the toilet or touching an animal.
  • Shower or bathe every day. Be sure to have them shampoo their hair daily and wash their private areas.
  • Brush their teeth after each meal and before be. Floss as your dentist recommends.
  • Wear clean clothes, including clean socks and underwear each day.

Nutrition

Establish good nutrition habits early in your children’s lives and praise them for eating right.  Encourage your children to:

  • Eat a variety of foods daily, especially whole grains, fruits and vegetables.
  • Control their weight.
  • Limit fat, saturated fat and cholesterol.
  • Ear foods with plenty of fiver.
  • Have sugary treats only in moderation.
  • Avoid too much salt/sodium
  • Eat “fast food only in moderation.
  • Start each morning with a good breakfast.

Exercise

Regular exercise is vital to healthy growth and development — and to emotional health.  Physically active children are less susceptible to depression.  Make a daily exercise schedule part every children’s good health habits.  Join you children in exercise whenever possible — it can build family bonds and help you stay in shape.

Obesity

The most rapidly increasing proble in children today is obesity.  Do not use candy or food as a frequent reward.  Reduce the gats and sugars in your family’s regular diet.  Make sure your children keep physically active.  If any of them has a weight problem, seek professional help.

 

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