Our children are of course the most important thing in our lives and we want to ensure that they remain fit, healthy and live long and happy lives. When they are young we are charged with ensuring that they are adapted to live full adult lives and a large part of that is based on their health. With that in mind we have put together a list of our top ten tips for keeping your child healthy.
10. Get enough sleep
Having enough sleep is essential to adults and children’s health and a necessary part of ensuring they grow up healthily. Children need around 10 hours of sleep a night until they reach their teens and strict bed times should be enforced. Having a regular sleep pattern is essential to them maintaining it in later life so make sure they are up at reasonable and regular times.
9. Eat a balanced diet
Eating a balanced diet is central to a child’s wellbeing and should be maintained at all times. The occasional treat is ok but you need to ensure that your child eats three nutritional meals a day with a full complement of vegetables. Keeping snacks to a minimum helps here and ensure that your children don’t eat lots of junk food.
8. Avoid junk food
In line with the above you need to make sure that your children are kept away from junk food as much as possible. The best way to do this is to explain to them the health hazards of junk food and get them into the habit of thinking it is a treat rather than something to be had every day. Try and keep junk food out of the house as much as possible and save it for days out and other excursions.
7. Keep active
Keeping your children physically active is central to their health. It promotes good development and increased mental and physical wellbeing. If your children don’t particularly like sports find other active activities that they do enjoy and encourage them to do those. Let them try a variety of things until they find something that clicks with them. A child should be spending large parts of the day in active activity so keep them busy – it will give you a much better rest later in the day too.
6. Keep away from smokers
Keeping your children away from smokers and smoking environments will help them keep safe, healthy and decreases the likelihood that they will smoke themselves. Teaching your children the dangers of smoking is a vital step in ensuring their health.
5. Teach personal cleanliness habits
Having good personal habits is a good way to keep healthy and also makes you more presentable so is essential to maintaining good health. Teach your children how to groom themselves and make sure they are in the habit of washing their hands.
4. Let them be messy
This might seem counterintuitive especially in light of our last tip but letting your children get messy is actually essential to their wellbeing. Being exposed to dirt allows your immune system to develop properly and build antibodies more efficiently. Children who are allowed to get mucky are less likely to suffer from common illnesses and complaints – just make sure they clean up afterwards.
3. Good dental hygiene
Dental hygiene is essential to maintaining healthy teeth and though a child’s teeth will regrow they won’t forever. So make sure you clean their teeth every day and that thy learn how to properly brush. Also make sure they regularly see a dentist.
2. Make sure they are mentally active
Mental activity is essential to emotional and cognitive development so should not be overlooked. Try to limit television and video games and make sure your children are engage in more cerebral activities such as reading, writing, creativity and homework. This will develop them and keep them mentally active and healthy.
1. Be a role model
Being a role model is essential if you are going to instil good healthy practice in your children. If you don’t eat healthily then your children won’t, if you smoke you children are much more likely too. If you aren’t physically active your children are less encouraged to be so. Taking the time over yourself and modelling yourself on what you want your children to be is essential to their wellbeing.