When you have children, their health and wellbeing becomes your responsibility. It’s entirely on your shoulders to ensure that they are as fit and healthy as possible at all times, taking intervention if anything ever seems off. Of course, there are countless areas you can focus on to manage your little ones’ health and wellbeing. But for now, let’s just focus on a few areas that can get the ball rolling in the right direction!
Visit the Dentist, Audiologist and Optician
Kids don’t tend to have as many regular health checks that they need to attend as adults might. But there are three important health checks that you really should schedule into your diary for them. These are appointments with the dentist, an audiologist and an optician.
Dental Check Ups
Dental check ups should be fun for kids. Most children have no problems with their teeth and attending these checkups is just a good way to operate on the safe side and a good way to habituate them to the dental checkups they’ll have to continue into adulthood. A standard dental checkup for kids will see their dentist welcome them, sit them down in their chair and take a look around their mouth. At the end, many dentists reward children with a sticker of some sort. If any problems are identified, this gives you the opportunity to resolve them! The dentist may also be able to give your kids advice on how to clean their teeth properly, as well as some fun teeth facts, which will encourage them to get into good brushing and flossing habits.
Generally speaking, you’ll only need to take your child to an audiologist if you notice difficulties in their hearing. But it’s important to keep on track of this and visit the audiologist as soon as you notice any signs of hearing problems. The audiologist will be able to help your child, identifying any issues and helping to resolve them. If necessary, they will be able to discuss the benefits of hearing aids with you and your child and order and fit the right ones for your little ones’ needs!
Checking your little ones’ eyesight is important. Identifying issues with sight can help you to help your little one lead an easier life. If issues are identified, an optometrist will be able to write a prescription for lenses for your little one. The vast majority of children will have glasses rather than contact lenses, so you can make a day of choosing a pair that they like.
Focus On Their Diet
Childhood obesity is on the rise in many countries around the world. It’s absolutely essential that your child is getting the right amount of food each day and the right types of food each day. Falling below or going above recommendations can lead to all sorts of health complications, as well as habits that can make day to day life for your kids difficult. Here are some aspects of your child’s diet that you really need to hone in on!
Of course, you don’t want your kids calorie counting and you don’t have to be spot on the recommended number of calories you’re giving to your kids each day. But having a general awareness of the number of calories your children should be eating each day will give you a basis for drawing up appropriate meals and snacks. While it can feel tempting to feed all of your children the exact same meals, the amount of calories that they should be eating will be highly dependent on age and activity levels. The following guide should help you to see the recommended daily calorie intake for all members of your family. It is generally estimated that young children will need between 1,000 and 2,000 calories per day. For older children and adolescents, things can vary a bit more, with recommended calories ranging between 1,400 calories per day to 3,200 calories per day. The best way to be absolutely certain is to check in with your doctor. They’ll tell you what guidelines to follow for your own kids’ calorie counts.
Foods to limit or avoid
There are certain foods that should be avoided as much as possible in children’s diets. Sure, they could be an occasional addition, but it’s important that you don’t make out that they are treats or give them to your children regularly. These include fast food, junk food, convenience food and any food that is high in saturated fats, excess sugars or excess salts.
Sure, this may seem like a lot of information to process. But this is just the start of ensuring that your children are on the right path for a healthy and happy lifestyle! Take the above advice seriously and you should be on track!