This is the continuing saga of parenthood, as for the mother who becomes pregnant till she brought into existence her child. Now that you are finished with breast feeding, running after your, bathing him/her, feeding healthy food and putting to sleep are now your new job. Infant care is as much as important as taking care of your childÂ’s health. The health of your child is know your concern as he or she grows up and side by side with it is the good attitude and morals you want to teach your child Â– physically healthy, mentally and spiritually.
HEALTH TIPS AND CHILD CARE
This is the continuing saga of parenthood, as for the mother who becomes pregnant till she brought into existence her child. Now that you are finished with breast feeding, running after your child, bathing him/her, feeding healthy food and putting to sleep are now your new job. Infant care is as much as important as taking care of your child’s health. The health of your child is know your concern as he or she grows up and side by side with it is the good attitude and morals you want to teach your child – physically healthy, mentally and spiritually.
Here are some health tips for your child.
Good oral hygiene for children - It is important to begin cleaning your child's teeth as soon as the first one erupts. Start regular dental visits by your child's first birthday to learn how to take care of his teeth and gums.
Encourage your child to exercise - Encourage your child to exercise everyday. Let your child walk to a nearby store or to a friend's house. Sign him up for a sports team such as football, cricket or a recreational class like dance.
Helping children get to sleep - A consistent bedtime routine is one of the keys to help your child establish good sleeping habits.
A consistent bedtime routine is one of the keys to help your child establish good sleeping habits. Try to put your child to bed at the same time each night. Baths, teeth brushing, a diaper change, and a story can help your child adjust to the fact that it is time to go to sleep. Allow your child to hold a special blanket, stuffed animal or other favorite toy as part of the bedtime routine. Put your child in bed when she/he is awake so she learns to fall asleep on his/her own.
Get your child's blood pressure measured occasionally. If it is high, early treatment will help before complications develop.
How much dietary fiber do children need? Children need to consume an amount of fiber, in grams, equal to their age plus five.
Children need to consume an amount of fiber, in grams, equal to their age plus five. So a 9 year old needs 14 grams of fiber a day. Breads, cereals, legumes, nuts and seeds can be added to a child’s diet.
Be cautious with children - If you have children in the house, keep all poisons out of their reach - lock away pesticides, floor cleaners, kerosene, detergents, insecticides and medicines.
Child tantrums linked to inadequate sleep - Young children who get less than 10 hours of sleep in a 24 hour period are more likely to throw temper tantrums than those who get 12 or more hours of sleep. They are also more likely to be hyperactive, argumentative, non-compliant and aggressive.
Coping with constipation in children - Constipation in children can usually be treated at home with high-fiber foods and lots of fluids.
Injuries in children - If your child falls and a blue patch (bruise) appear - apply ice or cold water. However if your child bruises easily and frequently, consult a doctor.
Limit television viewing for children - Limit children's total television viewing time to no more than 1 to 2 hours per day.
Limit children's total media time to no more than 1 to 2 hours of quality programming per day. Remove television sets from children's bedrooms. Discourage television viewing for children younger than 2 years, and encourage more interactive activities that will promote proper brain development, such as talking, playing, singing, and reading.
Prevent animal bites in children - Children should be taught never to approach strange animals or tease them.
Prevent your child from being scalded at home Never leave a hot teapot near the edge of the table. Never leave a hot teapot near the edge of the table. The tablecloth should not hang over the edge of the table. Do not pass hot tea or any other fluid in front of the child. The baby should not be on your knee when you are drinking a hot liquid. Never leave a hot water bottle in the baby's bed and turn pan handles away from the front of the stove.
Restrict the intake of high soda drinks - Restrict your child's intake of high soda drinks as these can lead to tooth decay among children and teenagers.
Vaccinations in children - Protect your child from diphtheria, whooping cough (pertussis) and tetanus by the DPT injections.
Protect your child from diphtheria, whooping cough and tetanus by the DPT injections. Polio drops protect against paralytic polio. BCG protects against serious form of tuberculosis. Vaccines against measles, rubella (German measles) and hepatitis are also recommended.
Ronthoughts Journal – Infant and Child Care
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