There are a variety of ways to ensure that your child is healthy at home.
There are a variety of ways to ensure that your child is healthy at home. Whether it’s through what they eat, what they are exposed to and what they do in their spare time, there are a number of factors relating to the health of your children, so we’ve put together a list of the best ways to keep your children healthy at home.
Exposure to damp or mold
Many homes might see damp or mold as a hazard and others may not think anything of it at all. However, damp and mold can have some serious effects on babies and children especially, and while it may not have affected you personally that doesn’t mean that it won’t harm your child. Molds tend to produce allergens, irritants and sometimes even toxic substances which can lead to an allergic reaction such as sneezing, runny noses, red eyes and a skin rash. It can also cause asthma attacks. Resolving damp through Kenwood or other damp proofing specialists is a sure-fire way to ensure that your child is healthy at home.
Nutrition & Healthy Eating
Healthy eating is one of the easiest ways to keep your children healthy at home. Encouraging your child to eat fruit and vegetables along with other healthy foods, and limiting junk food to a treat are all ways you can help to ensure that your child is eating healthily. Being aware of other ingredients in foods is also vital when you’re doing the shopping. Some ‘low-fat’ foods often contain unwanted added sugars and so are not as healthy as you might think. Along with this, serving appropriate portion sizes is also a good way to keep your children healthy at home. Encouraging your child to drink plenty of milk and water instead of fruit juice, sugar-sweetened fruit drinks, regular calories soft drinks, sports drinks, energy drinks or sweetened/flavoured milk is vital to ensuring that your children aren’t consuming too many added sugars which can be detrimental to not only their overall health but also their dental hygiene. Ensuring that this correlates to both a child’s pack lunch and the meals they consume at home is important to guarantee they are receiving all of the right nutrients and vitamins to help them grow and remain healthy.
Encouraging your child to partake in extracurricular activities if they are at school can be an easy way to ensure they are exercising properly as well as making it enjoyable as they get to take part in these activities with their school friends. When at home it can be important to make physical activity part of your family’s routine. Although this is not always possible every day, finding some time during the week or at weekends to take a walk, visit the swimming pool or go for a bike ride can be extremely beneficial to your child’s health.
Television & Video Games
Limiting your children’s time watching television, playing video games or on their tablets or iPads, can be a really important step to maintaining your child’s health. Making sure that your child has time throughout the day to play with children his or her age or with their siblings is important, due to it encouraging team building and can help to grow your child’s imagination. Reducing the amount of time that your child spends watching television or playing video games can help to reduce the chance of child obesity and can create a good habit for the child as they get older. Ensuring that the programmes that your child is watching on television are suitable is also extremely important, to ensure that there are no adult programmes or harming advertisements. The best way to do this is by putting on a DVD or using On Demand programming. If you allow your child to play video games, it is also important to ensure that they are age appropriate and it is also a good idea if the video games get them moving like a Nintendo Wii.
Somewhere between the ages of three and five, a child is likely to stop naptime, which means he/she will need more sleep over night. Preschoolers tend to need 10 to 12 hours sleep, but this can increase and decrease as the child gets older and depends on each individual. Moving a bedtime slightly earlier if naptimes have stopped can help children to still get the right amount of sleep. Skipping watching TV before bed is also a good way to help ensure your child gets enough sleep, as watching TV keeps the brain active meaning it is harder for children to fall asleep. Instead, getting into a routine at bedtime that involves bed time stories, warm baths and teeth brushing can help your child to unwind and get ready for bed. Keeping a regular bedtime and wake up time even during holidays is also helpful, to keep your child’s routine and ensuring they are getting enough sleep.
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