As parents we are always worried about our children’s health and well-being and a great part of this includes selecting the right foods that will help them grow into healthy adults. But how do we know what’s right for our children? After-all each child is a unique person with their own unique needs.
While the food you feed you toddler is primarily intended to give him the get-up-and-go he requires to carry out his daily activities, the meals you select may also play a large part in his development. During this stage of growth, your child's brain is maturing at a rapid rate. Because so much brain construction is underway, it is vital that you feed him a diet conducive to brain development. When picking his meals, consider the components required for proper brain development.
Much to the chagrin of many moms, little kids with the natural ability to get themselves dirty seem to lack the same talent when it's time for soap and water. Teaching your child personal hygiene is vital to keep him or her healthy. To effectively teach this life lesson to your inexperienced kid--who just doesn't know any better!--employ a multi-faceted approach. After teaching and reteaching, your son or daughter will finally get the hang of it and hygiene will become a part of daily life!
Children can be terrible slouchers! You know the symptoms- shoulders down, stomach out, back hunched. There is no time like the present for your kids to learn good habits. In fact, the sooner, the better. Even if you children do not have medical conditions, such as scoliosis, which cause back problems, they can still benefit from doing posture exercises. After all, many children spend part of their days in rigid school chairs or slouched on couches watching television or playing video games. Keep exercises short and pain-free to ensure they stick with the routine! And maybe skip balancing books on their head...
When was your last checkup? If it’s been 18 months since you went to the doctor, stop putting it off! It’s easy to let “busy-ness” be the excuse for falling behind on your routine healthcare visits. But it’s also a pretty lame excuse for not taking care of the most important thing you have: your health.
As we are in the midst of flu season I can’t help but be amazed by the number of sick kids that show up at school and at playdates.
Baby Bottle Tooth Decay, Baby Bottle Syndrome, Nursing Bottle Mouth, Early Childhood Caries (ECC); these are all terms for tooth decay in a child 6 years old or younger with:
• 1 or more decayed teeth
• Missing teeth (resulting from tooth decay)
• Filled surfaces in any primary (baby) tooth
Tooth decay in baby teeth leads to tooth decay in adult teeth.
It Can Happen to Your Child
Childhood is full of laughter and play, but it's also a time of plenty of sniffles and sneezes. Immature immune systems and not-so-perfect hygiene can wreak havoc on a child's body. Certain types of food can boost the strength of the immune system, helping your child fend off illnesses and making for fewer missed school days. Try some of these immune system powerhouses with your child to help ensure his body is as strong as it can be.
Having kids and pets can present occasional problems. Having kids and a flea-infested pet is even harder to deal with. An article that was referred to us recently talks about some surprising findings that pet owners and parents alike may want to pay attention to.