When pregnant our first hope is always that our child is healthy. But, once that first bit passes, you also have to start worrying about their development. You need to find ways to make sure they stay healthy as they grow up. Here are some ways to help your child stay fit and healthy as they grow.
Trust Your Instincts
If you think there is something wrong, ring your Doctor or health visitor for advice. The internet is a great source of information and forums and great for chatting to other mums. But, they are no substitute for checking with a doctor if you’re not sure. Always trust your instincts. You will know if there is something not right with your child.
Baby led weaning is a great way to get kids eating with the rest of the family as soon as possible. Try to instil good eating habits, with the odd treat, from the start and your kids could grow up loving food and eating a healthy and balanced diet.
Sleep is incredibly important to children’s development and well-being. Try to implement a routine that suits your family and make sure they get all the sleep they need.
Getting a Pet
Getting a pet can actually help your child in all sorts of ways. A study in Sweden found that children who grew up with a dog in the first year of their life are 13% less likely to develop asthma compared to children who didn’t. Not only that, a separate study in Finland found that children who grew up with a dog or cat in their first year are 44% less likely to develop an ear infection and 29% less likely to need antibiotics compared with children who did not have pets in their household.
As if pets were not impressive enough, a study in England found that children with dogs exercised more and spent more time outdoors in light. In a time when lots of parents are concerned about how much their children stay inside or stare at their phones, a dog might be the best way to get them active and keep them healthy.
Look After Their Teeth
As soon as your children’s teeth start to come through, get into a routine of brushing them morning and night. Just like you would your own. Then, as they get older, start to supervise them doing it themselves. To start this process start letting them do a little as soon as they show an interest in holding the brush.a
It is also important to register them with a Dental & Implant Centre as soon as you can. With over half of all adults in the UK failing to regularly go to the dentist, it is important that you demystify the experience and help your children get into the habit of going.
Lastly, there is no reason why exercise cannot be fun. Encouraging your child to take up a sport is a good idea because they can keep fit while also learning about the importance of things like fairness, sporting spirit, and the reality of not coming first all the time.
Even if they’re not interested in sports as such, get them running around the park, ride bikes as a family and generally get outdoors having fun together.
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