Today, children are bedridden with sicknesses that were common only with adults in the past, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, anxiety disorders, depression, obesity, heart diseases, kidney and liver problems. These ailments are a result of ignorance or negligence of parents. While some parents, especially mothers, have no clue as to how to give their children proper health care, some neglect their children’s health altogether, probably because they’re caught up in the rat race, or they’re careless in handling the kids.
To prevent your kids from getting sick, there are basic health precautions you must take. Here are some of those precautions as prescribed by health experts.
- Regular Hand-washing: This dramatically reduces the passing of respiratory and gastrointestinal illness. So, you must get your kids in the habit of scrubbing up (or using a hand sanitizer) when they leave preschool or daycare, after every play date, and before they eat. Ensure to teach them to scrub for between 15-20 seconds before rinsing.
- Daily Active Exercise: Studies over the years have shown that regular, moderate exercise reduces the number of cold and flu episodes children usually have by 25-50%, possibly by boosting the circulation of infection-fighting cells; immures them from other diseases; and makes them physically and mentally fit. “Exercise is better than any advertised cure or miracle” says a child expert.
- Good Sleep: Make sure your kids stick to an early bedtime. Sleep deprivation nearly doubles the risk of getting a cold or flu. According to a pediatrician, most babies need approximately 14hours of sleep a day; preschoolers especially need between 11-13hours of sleep daily.
- Personal Hygiene: Teach your kids personal grooming. Let them develop healthy habits like brushing, flossing and bathing at least twice everyday. Tell them the importance of keeping their bodies clean, and make them learn how to care for their skin and hair. Discourage them from picking stuff from the ground and eating, and also help them to avoid touching their face. Viruses enter the body through the nose, eyes, and mouth, so help your children keep their hands away from those areas. Yes, it can be very difficult to accomplish; hand-washing at strategic moments is all the more important. Also, teach them never to share a straw, cup, or toothbrush.
- Healthy and Balanced diets: Meals with plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables will help boost your child’s immune system. Look for foods rich in vitamin C (broccoli, strawberries, and oranges) and vitamin D (tuna, fortified milk, and cereals). Eating yogurt with active cultures (probiotics) can also help build defenses. If your crave meat, give them fish or egg instead. Doctors recommend one egg per day for children.
- Vaccination: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says vaccination, especially flu vaccination, is the single best way to prevent diseases. So what are you waiting for? Go vaccinate your child now if you haven’t done so.
We recommend you follow these aforementioned steps to ensure your child/children health. Also back these steps with regular medical checkup occasionally. You’ll find in our next article, ‘The Dangers of Neglecting A Child’s Health’.