In being a parent, you should know better than anyone else how important it is to keep your child healthy.
With that being the case, how healthy is your son or daughter these days?
A healthy child not only means happiness for them and you, but also less costs when it comes to medical bills. As any parent who has had a sick child can tell you, the expenses can add up in a fast manner.
So, are you doing all you can to keep your child healthy?
Diet and Exercise Play Key Roles
Among the ways for you to go about keeping your child as healthy as possible:
1. Diet – Yes, many kids love their share of junk food whenever they can get their hands on it. That said it is important to make sure your child has a well-rounded diet. This starts with having ample amounts of fruits and vegetables on a regular basis. Also, make sure that they do not get too much in the way of fast-food. While the occasional hamburger is not going to hurt them, you don’t want them overindulging in such foods. It is also wise to steer clear of sugary drinks as often as possible. Along with making some kids too hyper, sugary drinks can cause issues with the teeth. When your child gets three good meals a day, he or she is more inclined to feel better and have more energy.
2. Exercise – How many times have you been out in public or seen on TV or videos kids who are way too heavy for their ages? Unfortunately, it seems to be a growing trend. With that in mind, you want your child to get as much exercise as possible. While your child may burn off nervous energy, it is not the same as having a structured exercise regimen. If you go to a fitness center for you on a regular basis, take your child with you when they are old enough to go. Doing so can not only give you time together, but allow your child a chance to work out in a safe environment. Also encourage your child to ride their bike and go for walks as long as your neighborhood is safe.
3. Emergencies – Although you hope an emergency never strikes your child, will you be ready if it does? Knowing er wait times and which emergency room facility nearest you is the best to go to can be critical. Do research ahead of time to find out about the different options you have available to you. Would your nearest hospital be the best bet? Are you better off going to a nearby medical facility that will not have the waiting times of a big hospital? Although where to go may at times be out of your control, being as prepared as possible can make all the difference. Also make sure your child has a trusted physician. He or she should see your child on a regular basis. They can also make a big difference when there is an emergency and you need a trusting hand by your side.
In keeping your child healthy, will you make all the right calls from day one until they leave the nest?