Illness in the pediatric age group can be quite challenging because children cannot be as precise as adults in expressing how they feel and what their symptoms are. Hence more attention needs to be paid on a regular basis to the child especially during the school year as the chances of contracting an infection is more in such settings. Here are
7 workable ways to keep kids healthy during the school years
Healthy Colorful Meal Plans
Children tend to consume edibles that look more attractive and catchier to their eyes even if they don’t taste that good. If you wish to introduce anything healthy but your kid does not seem to be interested in taking it the best way to introduce it would be by making them into different shapes, plate them in the form your child’s favorite animal, relate the food to a known cartoon character. The pyramid of balanced diet should always be kept in mind while planning the meal every day. Protein energy malnutrition, vitamin D deficiency, obesity, iron deficiency anemia are some common childhood illnesses that usually resolve with proper diet.
Hands act as a major mode of transmission of infection and without proper hygiene the child is more prone to sequela of communicable diseases. It is important to teach children the steps of hand washing and encourage them to practice it regularly as a part of his/her routine. Pictures depicting hand washing can be stuck on the washing area to help them recall the steps better
By far the best initiative by the government to eradicate common childhood infections is immunization. It is important to follow up in the nearest health care center about the vaccine status of your child. Up to 5 years of age along with the booster doses the immunization status should be complete. Immediately following administration of vaccine make sure to check for signs for allergy, persistent fever for more than 2 days and swelling at the site of injection
Physical fitness should be maintained from the very early stages of life. This is achieved by encouraging the child to play outdoors, enrolling them in their favorite outdoor sport coaching classes. picnic, trekking, fruit picking etc. can be exciting, interesting and also help the child stay active from time to time. However, the child is at more risk to be involved in accidents in such occasions. Special attention from the parent is warranted.
This is more commonly due to their poor academic performance that makes the child under confident, stressed and anxious in the long term. Dyslexia, dysarthria, autism, ADHD are some common mental issues that can hinder the performance of the child. Parents should be more understanding and should patiently help the child overcome it without discouraging them further.
Home-made snacks are the best option for a school going child due to several reasons. The snack is free from additives, excess fat, better hygiene and can be customized according to the needs of the child without compromising on the nutrition. For parents who cannot make time to prepare them regularly organic products can be a good alternative.
Reduced Screen Time
Be it mobile phones or television, the screen time for children should be minimal. Chances of addiction to these gadgets is the most during childhood. This time can be replaced by solving puzzles, playing with toys and engaging him/her in some form of art.