If you’re busy wrapping presents to go under the tree and planning Christmas dinner for the family, you may have also started thinking ahead and making resolutions for 2015. Many of us make a vow to live a healthier and happier life in the New Year and if you want to make positive changes to your family’s health next year, here are some simple ways to keep children healthy:
Encourage healthy eating
Diet plays such an important role in adult and children’s health, and it’s really beneficial for children to enjoy a healthy and balanced diet from an early age. Encourage your kids to get involved in preparing meals and cooking, and make mealtimes enjoyable. Try to eat together as a family and offer healthy meals that contain all the major food groups. If your kids are reluctant to eat fruit and vegetables, try hiding them by pureeing them and adding them to pasta sauces and soups or making your own smoothies and juices at home. Introducing children to a wide range of foods from an early age usually helps to reduce the risk of them becoming fussy. A healthy diet will encourage development and growth and also help to strengthen the immune system, the body’s defence against infections and illnesses.
Supervise teeth cleaning and keep up to date with dental visits
Dental health is really important for children, so encourage your kids to get used to a daily regime that includes brushing their teeth twice a day. Supervise teeth cleaning to make sure children are doing a good job and brushing for the recommended time, and ensure kids go to the dentist for regular check-ups. Orthodontic problems are common in children and teenagers, so dental visits at The Frederick Dental Clinic are essential. Dentists can often spot signs from an early age and usually, it’s best to wear braces during the teenage years as the results are better and treatment times are shorter. There are now lots of different types of brace available, so children don’t have to worry about dealing with anxiety about how they look or what their friends will say about their braces.
Encourage an active lifestyle
Obesity among children is becoming increasingly prevalent and this is largely due to diet and inactivity. Many children now spend much more time in front of a computer or the television than they do running around outside or playing games with their friends. Try to encourage your children to be as active as possible, go out for family days and play sports together. If your children like to watch television or play computer games, this is fine, but try to limit the time they spend in front of a screen and combine this with outdoor pursuits and physical exercise. Sport not only reduces the risk of obesity and related health problems, but it also fosters a host of good habits and teaches kids important life skills, such as working as a team, learning to lose gracefully, playing by the rules and channelling energy in a positive way.
Promote good hygiene
Good hygiene is essential for good health, so encourage your children to wash twice a day and ensure you wash clothes, towels and bed linen on a regular basis.