Keeping your Child Healthy; Everyday Things to do to promote a Healthy Childhood

As a parent, your child is very important to you.  Keeping your child healthy and happy is part of taking care and loving your child.  A parent always wants just the best for their children and tries to make sure that no hardship or illness befalls them.  But that is not always possible.

Everyday Things to help you keep your Child Healthy and Happy:

  1. Establishing Daily Healthy Habits: Teaching your child the fundamentals of hygiene, washing your hands before you eat something, or after you played in the dirt or went to the bathroom, will start them off in the right direction.
  2. Establish Sleeping Schedules: A child needs enough sleep every night.  Depending on their age, they need around 8 – 10 hours sleep.  Going to sleep at the same time each night and awaken at the same time each morning will help this happen.  Sleep is important in that it allows growth while sleeping and when ill, it will help towards a quicker recovery time.
  3. Helping them with a Healthy Diet: Encourage your child to eat healthy foods from early childhood.  Always have a variety of fresh fruit and vegetables available, use whole-grain products and lean meats in your meals.  Offer healthy snacks rather than sweets or cookies the whole time.  Let your children help with the preparation of meals.  Give them a choice of recipe for dinner or let them help you when going to the grocery store.
  4. Drinking Water, lots of water: After reaching the age of 6 months, your children can start drinking water.  A child should consume water per glass that corresponds with their age, for example, 2 years of age drink no less than 2 glasses of water.  This total does not include the drinking of juice or milk, only water.
  5. Encourage Physical Activity: When still small you can play ball games in the yard or chasing games.  When they grow up, encourage them to experiment with sports to find out what they like and then support them in their sports activities.  Sports are great for their mental health and focus, and also help with getting fresh air and sunshine daily.  The Sunshine will give their daily dose of vitamin D and fresh air just freshens up your nose and your lungs and even your brain.

Apart from teaching all the stuff that is ultimately good for them and their health, also spend time with them over the weekends.  Do fun and relaxing things, teaching them that life is not just about work and being good to your health, you must also relax and play and do fun things.  Good health and happiness also need fun and games.

How to cope with a Sick Child; 7 Tips on them Comfortable and keeping to Help Recovery

Every child gets sick now and again.  It may be a cold or flu, a tummy ache or childhood diseases, like chicken pox or measles.

7 Tips for Dealing with those Sick Days:

Making a child feel better while ill can take as little effort as:

  1. A Lukewarm Bath; this is recommended by doctors for breaking a fever and will also do well to calm down a child that does not feel well.
  2. A little bit of Lavender Oil in bath water before bed; Lavender will help with better sleep and better sleep will assist with getting well.
  3. A warm towel or blanket; if your child has the chills, warm their towels and blanket in the dryer. The warmth will give extra comfort.
  4. Use “Get Well” sheets; Keep a set of special sheets with a favorite character or in a favorite color to use when your child is bedridden. It might just help for a more restful sleep when tucked in between favorites.
  5. Watching favorite cartoons or movies; Keeping a child still when he or she needs to rest can be very difficult at times. Watching TV can help towards that goal and keep them quiet for an hour or more.
  6. Provide favorite drinks; when ill a child needs to take in lots of fluids. They might not feel like drinking too much, but you can probably get away with giving them special drinks they love.  You can also make homemade popsicles of their favorite drinks.  When feverish it will even help bring down the fever.
  7. Favorite foods; when a child is sick they might not feel like eating altogether. If you offer their favorites it might encourage them to eat.  Even little bits at a time will be helpful.  Make food fun.  You can make fun shapes for bread and cheese and include something colorful, for instance, jelly or frozen yogurt.

There are lots of ways to comfort a sick child.  They mostly need your love and care and attention to make them feel more comfortable.  The doctor’s medicine will do the rest.

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Eating the Rainbow; Healthy Eating Habits for Children, made Easy and Simple, to Teach and Learn

Children learn through touching, smelling, feeling, exploring and looking at things.  That happens with learning about food, too.  When standing in front of a table laden with fresh, colorful, real food, all those senses will come into play.  Then we can start learning about eating the rainbow and forget the, I don’t like this or I don’t like that.

Ways to promote healthy eating through color, playing, and learning:

Children like colors.  Food is colorful.  Learning a child about food can start with color.  Each kind of food has a known colour and every color is representative of certain nutrients.  For example, a carrot is orange and contains beta carotene that is needed for good eyesight.

Children play with shapes.  Food has different shapes.  The shape of foods can be connected to shapes of everyday objects, for instance, Broccoli is flower shaped and oranges are round.

Children touch and feel new things.  Food differs in texture and it feels different.  Touching a smooth apple skin will feel a lot different from touching a pineapple or a head of lettuce.

Children smell stuff.  Every fruit smell different from another.  With vegetables, it might be more difficult.  Some veggies do not smell nice while cooking where others, like carrots, have a nice odor.  Engaging a child in the preparation and cooking of a food can counter the smell.

Children learn through play and repetition.  Their attention needs to be held by what is happening or going to happen.  They also learn through a routine, doing regular things, regularly.  For instance, knowing that at nine-o’clock it is story time or at 11-o’clock it is tea time with a snack.

As you can see there are lots of ways to engage your child in getting to know the best choices in food.  You can play color games, for example, what is the color of the food eaten at the moment.  Let them look, feel, smell and taste when the food is raw and when it is cooked.  You can encourage them to help with the preparation and plating of the food, creating a colorful plate of food.

Be relaxed around food and give interesting facts while working with food.  Children listen even when it seems they do not.  They will learn more through constant contact with healthy food and through encountering a positive outlook towards food.