Good health does not begin when a child gets sick or is injured. Parents can do many things on a regular basis to help their children become healthy and stay that way as they grow. Here are four important ways you can help your child to stay healthy all year.
All kids need a yearly medical exam from the family doctor or their pediatrician. Doctors can look for common childhood ailments and conditions that, if caught early, are more treatable and sometimes less severe. Medical evaluations also enable doctors to recommend specific child-raising habits and family practices that can keep a child healthy, such as taking vitamins or following a certain type of eating plan. Immunizations also can be discussed and implemented as recommended by the doctor.
By the time they start school, kids should see a dentist for a thorough screening of their teeth, mouth, and related areas. A children’s dentist checkup each year helps to identify problems that can be sometimes avoided or promptly treated. A dentist can check to see if the child’s teeth are coming in on schedule, with permanent teeth replacing baby teeth at certain intervals. Broken or chipped teeth can be repaired with recommendations for relevant face gear if the child plays sports. Kids are also given tips for daily dental hygiene at home to keep their teeth strong and healthy as well as, hopefully, free of cavities.
All children should have a vision screening by the time they enter first grade, and some schools offer this option for registered students. If not, you should schedule an eye doctor appointment to have your child’s vision checked. Even if no symptoms are noticed, the ophthalmologist can look for signs of eye issues that may lead to later problems. If vision weakness is discovered, it can be treated promptly
In addition to scheduling these important checkup appointments for your child, take steps to safeguard your children’s health at home. Provide nutritious meals with tasty snacks that are low in sugar, fat, and salt. Ensure that children have adequate hydration, especially during warm weather. Encourage physical activities and exercise instead of too much television or computer use. Monitor your child’s moods for signs of anxiety or depression. Consult with teachers about academic concerns.
Steps like these can help to promote health and wellness for your children. A healthy lifestyle with medical support as needed can help kids to enjoy life more fully and safely.