Parents start thinking and planning- how to take care of children’s health- before it comes to the world. Every parent wants to give his best to his children. What to feed them, and how to take care of children’s health are the common questions in the mind of parents. The healthy choices made and the habits developed in childhood are carried to the adolescent age. It is important to develop healthy habits during the early phase. Nowadays many children are obese and overweight due to faulty feeding habits, inactive lifestyles, and overexposure to electronic screens. A healthy active lifestyle helps in maintaining body weight. And can help in reducing the risk factors for many diseases later in life.
How to take care of your children’s health?
Following are few suggestions that may help in the healthy development and growth of your children.
Mother milk is an ideal choice:- Mother milk is an ideal natural food for your baby. It provides all the nutrients required for the healthy growth and development of your children. It makes your baby’s immunity strong and provides a solid base for the normal and healthy growth of your children. It strengthens the bond between you and your baby. But it requires a lot of time, devotion, and dedication to healthy eating. Please consult your healthcare provider for making a decision- what is best suitable for your children.
Feed your children with natural foods:- Consult your child’s pediatrician for starting giving food to your children. Generally, semisolid food is given from 6 months onwards followed by solid foods. Avoid using processed food while feeding your children. Processed foods may contain added sugars, salts, and unhealthy fats. Always prefer:-
- Seasonal and fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Whole grains.
- Lean cuts of meat.
- Fresh fish.
- Foods that are rich in fiber like- beans and leafy vegetables.
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Multivitamins are not generally necessary:- Mostly children get sufficient vitamins from the variety of healthy food prepared by you. However, the pediatrician of your child can be consulted if it is a concern.
Avoid stressing on cleaning the plate:- Your baby knows when he is filled and when to stop eating. Avoid stressing the baby to finish the food served on his plate. When your child says he or she does not want any more. It may not mean that he or she is skipping the food. It may be that their body is telling them that they had enough food. Overeating by your children may lead to obesity and overweight. Which can be the risk factor for many diseases later in their life.
Taking care of your children’s health during summers.
Babies younger than 6 months should not be exposed to direct sunlight. Sunlight has ultraviolet rays. Ultraviolet rays may damage children’s skin which may lead to the risk of skin cancer later in life. Too much exposure to ultraviolet radiation can cause sunburn and may damage the eyes also. Avoid using sunscreens. As baby’s skin is not capable to metabolize and excrete chemicals found in sunscreen creams or lotions.
Sunlight is also important for your children’s health.
The best time for exposure to sunlight is 6 A.M. to 7.30 A.M. As the sunlight is not intense during this period. 10 to 30 minutes of exposure is enough for your child. Sunlight exposure helps your baby to synthesize vitamin D.
During summers chances of infections like- Malaria, dengue, chikungunya, etc. And water-borne diseases like- jaundice, diarrhea, typhoid, etc. are more. Give proper protection to your child by using mosquito repellents, Practicing hand hygiene, Avoid consuming and feeding stale food, stress on drinking purified water and keeping your baby well hydrated, etc.
Making your children physically active.
Physical activity is very essential for your children. It sets the stage for health and nutrition for a lifetime. Lack of physical activities may lead to obesity and overweight. Which are the risk factors for many diseases like- diabetes, high blood pressure, cardiovascular diseases, etc. As per W.H.O. Report, the number of obese children and adults had multiplied to ten folds in the last 40 years.
As per Dr. Jila Kaberi Ostarod, Geisinger obesity and weight management physician and associate director for Geisinger Northeast’s Nutrition and weight management program. “The obesity epidemic is a very real problem that typically starts when you’re a kid”. He further says” If you aren’t taught good habits about your diet, you might end up making lifestyle choices that lead to weight gain, sedentary lifestyle and, eventually, becoming obese.”
“Healthy physical activity, sedentary behavior, and sleep habits are established early in life, providing an opportunity to shape habits through childhood, adolescence and adulthood”‘ — W.H.O.
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Following are a few suggestions:-
Children between one to four years of age should spend a minimum of three hours for physical activities per day.
Infants below one year should be allowed floor-based play and should avoid electronic screens.
It is suggested that children under five years of age should be physically active and have sufficient sleeping time to enable them to learn healthy lifestyle habits and get themselves prevented from obesity and other health issues.
Limiting electronic screen watching time for your children’s health.
“Sedentary behaviors, whether riding motorized transport rather than walking or cycling, sitting at a desk in school, watching T.V. Or playing inactive screen-based games are increasingly prevalent and associated with poor health outcomes” the W.H.O.Said.
Viewing T.V. And playing computer games for a longer duration leads to shortening of sleep durations. Insufficient sleep, in the long run, leads to fat accumulation. thus leading to obesity and associated health problems.
As per guidelines issued by the World health organization (W.H.O.) – Keep children under one year of age away from electronic screens i.e mobile phones, computers, T.V., etc. Children from two to four years should be allowed to view electronic screens for one hour per day only.
Take good care of your children’s health. For any health-related issue, Please consult your healthcare provider.
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