5 Ways To Take Care Of Your Child's Health

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

It’s hard not to panic when your child is sick. But whether your child is 1 month old, or 10 years old, there are certain steps you can take to protect your child’s health. In fact, many parenting choices about health begin before your child is even born. Here are five ways to best manage your child’s health.

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Manage Their Over-The-Counter Doses

Sometimes when your child is sick, you have no choice but to give them child-friendly over-the-counter medication. But it can be extremely difficult to tell what the best dose for your child is. Try a paracetamol dose calculator, which helps you calculate appropriate doses based on age and weight. If in doubt, you should always consult your pharmacist or doctor before giving your child over-the-counter medication.

Make The Most Of Family Time

There are many fun and valuable family activities that you can do together with your kids. Spending time as a family can help you develop strong relationships with your kids, and also help teach them valuable life lessons. Try getting involved in group events that encourage socialization, and don’t underestimate the importance of teaching them how to relax with a movie night in.

Encourage A Balanced Diet

Encouraging your child to eat a balanced diet will help them to make better food choices later on in adult life. According to the CDC, only 1 in 10 US adults eats the recommended daily intake of fruit and vegetables, with many of them passing these habits on to their children. A balanced diet means incorporating healthy foods like fruits and vegetables, while ensuring that they have a treat every now and then. Completely cutting out sugars and ‘bad foods’ won’t work long term, and might even encourage them to have a complicated relationship with food as an adult.

Help Them Understanding Their Feelings

Many adults have trouble understanding their feelings, so it’s only natural that kids will find emotions difficult too. Encourage them to talk about how they feel, and start their emotional education as early as possible. Remember, children are still learning to regulate their emotions when they are young. Helping them articulate their emotions will give them the tools they need to express themselves.

Make Sure They Wear Sunscreen

Babies younger than six months should be kept out of direct sunlight, while all children should wear sunscreen. The risk of illnesses that manifest in adulthood like skin cancer all begins from the moment your child is overexposed to the sun as an infant. SPF 30+ is the recommended level for children.

It’s Not Going To Be Perfect

It’s important to remember that no matter how hard you try to protect your kids, they will get sick. But they will bounce back. Children are extremely resilient. Even if you do feel terrible that you can’t always protect them, as long as you try your best, they’ll grow up into happy and healthy adults. Teaching them to deal with things not being perfect is also going to help them deal with setbacks as they grow up.

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