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Four ways of ensuring your children live healthier lives

Children are full-time jobs. As a parent, you must dedicate much time to looking after your child and ensuring they’re doing well. As your child ages, their dietary and physical needs change, which you need to keep up with. 

No parent wants their child to be sick constantly and struggle with their health. Hence, when it comes to your offspring’s emotional, physical, and mental well-being, you must closely monitor your child. While this task can get exhausting, the outcome is gratifying. To help you maintain your child’s health better, here’s what you need to know:

  • Take Your Child For Regular Checkup

As your child crosses certain milestones and grows older, you must ensure they’re doing physically well. Doctors aren’t reserved for emergencies only. Doctors conduct numerous tests and evaluations to ensure your child is doing well. This also helps you pick up if they have an underlying condition you didn’t previously know about. For instance, specific birth injuries like cerebral palsy don’t express themselves right after birth. You may first notice signs and symptoms of these conditions when your child turns two. Cerebral palsy is a degenerative motor disease that impacts your child’s muscles, coordination, and ability to support their body. This is why timely doctor visits can inform you what your child has and the cause of their ailment. 

Since most cases of cerebral palsy happen due to medical negligence during your child’s birth, you’re well within your rights to file for a cerebral palsy lawsuit and get compensated for the turmoil the medical staff responsible for delivering your child put you through. 

This money can also help you pay for your child’s occupational and physical therapy, which are vital in managing cerebral palsy. At the same time, pay attention to what your doctor has to say about your child’s health. Use this opportunity to ask if their weight suits their height, if your offspring’s reflexes are sharp and if they’re responding to a stimulus, such as turning away from bright light, as they should. 

  • Take Care Of Your Child’s Nutrition

Children as young as six months need to be exclusively fed milk. You can either choose to breastfeed your little one or look into reliable formula feed that can provide them with the nutrition they need. In the latter case, you’ll need to consult a doctor to ensure you’re using the right brand and if the formula milk powder is suitable for your child. 

But once your baby reaches the six-month mark, you must introduce semi-solid food into their diet. You can make this home by pureeing vegetables and fruits while feeding them soft meals like boiled chicken or buying ready-made baby food. 

No matter how picky your child may be, you must ensure they get the proper nutrition. The older your child gets, the more you need to introduce various solid foods into their diet. Your offspring needs a balance of vitamins that keeps them healthy. 

Your little one generally needs proteins, a good blend of carbs, essential vitamins, and enough water. Children about ten years old need at least 1200 KJ of calories, so ensure you’re providing them with it. This means sometimes you’ll have to disguise meals like sneak spinach into a pizza or make fruit popsicles to guarantee that your child is eating well.

  • Maintain Hygiene Standards

You must maintain your child’s hygiene because an unclean and dirty environment can make your child sick. Likewise, allowing them to eat without washing their hands can put them at risk of developing tapeworms in their gut. As a baby, you may not need to bathe them every day but can wash them every alternate day. 

However, even if you’re not bathing them daily, ensure their diapers are dry and carefully clean your child after they relieve themselves to prevent infections. Once your child becomes older and more physically active, you must strictly enforce hygiene standards. While some germs and bacteria are suitable for their immunity, don’t allow your child to stay filthy. 

You must shower your growing child daily and use an antibacterial soap to clean them up. Encourage your child to wash their hands before they eat. You can also invent your hygiene song to incentivize your child to become more attentive about cleaning up. The same goes for teaching your child to wash up after they go to the toilet, returning from playing outside, and ensuring they know the correct way to bathe. 

You should also try and keep the house clean. Wipe away dust and clean up spillage when they happen. Always ensure your child has clean clothes and follows good hygiene practices.

  • Look After Their Emotional Well-being

Children need help in expressing themselves. This can make it hard for them to communicate with you leading to anger and frustration. When a child feels aggravated, they can act out. While some children cry, others may resort to throwing tantrums. 

To teach your child healthy ways to communicate, you should talk to them, use your words and show them gestures that they can use to indicate if they want something. You can also use cartoons and interactive online content to educate children on self-expression. As your child is learning, give them space to improve communication. 

Emotional well-being also entails encouraging and motivating your offspring. If they make mistakes, guide them on what they need to do better, shower them with affection and never use harsh language around them. Don’t push or rush them through the process; instead, support them as they get better at connecting with you.

Once your child gets better at expressing themselves and has an outlet to vent their frustrations, they’ll be more at peace with themselves.

Final Thoughts 

Looking after your child and addressing their needs is no walk in the park. A growing child requires immense care, which you can provide by taking them to the doctor, ensuring they eat proper meals, and maintaining their cleanliness. 

As a parent, your child needs your attention consistently, which often means you may need to prioritize their well-being over others. Furthermore, you need to work with your child in developing their emotional well-being and teach them ways to effectively communicate without feeling frustrated by their inability to express themselves. Being a parent is not easy, but the smile and love radiating from your child can make the process worth it.

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