Children are a bit of a blank slate who would do pretty much anything they feel like doing unless an adult intervenes. This is one of the things that sometimes make them a handful. They also don’t perceive your schedule, your mental health or lifestyle and if you’re a very busy person, it could be difficult to hover on your children every time, even though you really should find a way to.
Managing a child’s health is almost a full-time job and apart from the fact that it requires a lot of time and concentration, the negative effects of poorly managed health for a child could be quite telling on them. It could affect schoolwork, performance and involvement in other non-academic activities as well as the child’s mental health. There are quite a few ways to ensure your child is as healthy as possible and both their bodies, and minds are running optimally. Here are a few of these things:
Teach Them Healthy Habits
There are many habits that adults are already used to and are so regular that they don’t remember to teach them to their kids. From a young age, let kids understand the importance of washing their hands as often as possible, especially before a meal. There’s also the need to let your child know the importance of brushing their teeth at least twice every day. Other personal habits could include the proper way to sneeze or how to properly use the restroom.
Ensure Healthy Food
Children are normally drawn to sweet things, and while these things shouldn’t be completely taken away from them, it’s necessary to limit the exposure as much as possible. For example, there’s no need for your child to have candy every time they want it. In addition, you could teach them the importance of eating fruits and vegetables prepared in a electric skillet from a young age and add it to their meals, regardless of the meal and let them know that not eating healthy can lead to several health issues. However, because you’re not with them every single minute of the day, always find out what they eat when you’re away and if they start displaying any symptoms of stomach distress, quickly visit a paediatric gastroenterologist at the Guys and St Thomas Private Health Care.
Ensure Adequate Sleep
Children will usually want to tire themselves out completely before they sleep. This sometimes means that in some cases, they don’t sleep enough. It is very important that children get adequate sleep, and what qualifies as adequate would usually vary depending on the child’s age. As a baby, they would usually do as much as 15 hours without any help, but when they become toddlers, you should ensure between 12 and 13 hours of sleep. Teach your child to go to bed early enough even if they don’t want to. This helps them rest and energizes them, so they’re full of life and active enough when they eventually wake up.
Professional Health Care
There is a lot of great advice on the internet regarding pretty much any topic you can think about, including healthcare. However, when your child falls sick, you should not be in a hurry to just Google the symptoms and assume that any advice you see should be adopted. Visit a professional and let them examine the child for proper care.
As time goes on and you pay attention to the child, you notice a few more patterns in their behaviour and health, which could also let you know how to best take care of them or what foods to eat. If you still need any help, the professionals at Guy’s and St Thomas Private Healthcare will help you with anything you could possibly need.