Keeping your children healthy is arguably the number one responsibility of parents, but if you’ve just given birth for the first time, you might not be entirely sure of the best ways to keep your kids happy and healthy. Children are not like adults, so no matter how often you go to the gym or eat salads what feels like every day, you may not be able to transfer these same habits onto your kids. But this doesn’t mean there are still not techniques to ensure your children are as healthy as they can be.
Childhood obesity is one of the fastest rising issues in the world today, with between 13.9% and 20.6% rates affecting kids from the ages of 2 and 19, depending on the demographic. One of the best ways to help reduce this rate is to encourage exercise.
You do not need to drag your kid to the gym with you, but you can help foster an understanding that just half an hour of activity every day can do wonders for them. You can also encourage sport and leisure activities to keep them active, and as the mental health benefits of exercise are well known, you can help them work on their happiness.
Create Healthy Habits
Besides exercise, healthy habits in the home and at school are something else you must remember. This includes everything from bathing or showering regularly to brushing their teeth twice a day (plus flossing if they remember to do so).
It’s also essential to make sure they get nutritious meals. However, this doesn’t mean cutting out junk food altogether, as they will consider this a forbidden food, which can lead to higher craving levels and could result in eating issues later in life. So while you shouldn’t let them eat KFC every day, you can treat them now and again.
Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help
While you can help kids through coughs, colds, and the occasional cut and scrape, there are other illnesses and injuries that you are not able to fix. You can apply basic First Aid, but for more severe cases, you’ll need to visit pediatrics to get a proper diagnosis and treatment.
As your kids are still developing, their immune system, bones, and muscles will not yet be strong enough to deal with more extreme issues. You might think that you know your children better than anyone else, but unless you have a medical degree, it’s best to leave it to the professionals. From here, you can get expert help and advice to hopefully ensure any future issues do not affect your child too drastically.
Happy Kids, Happy Parents
New parents can often feel like they are not doing enough to keep their kids healthy, but as long as you do everything you can to protect them from germs, illness, and injury, you will figure it out. Remember, if there is anything you do not feel equipped to deal with, don’t hesitate to get your child to the doctor, just to be on the safe side.
What do you do to make sure your kids are healthy as can be? Let me know in the comments below!