It goes without saying that your child is very important to you. Part of caring for your child involves keeping them happy and healthy. To create the best health for your child, keep an eye out for possible injury dangers and avoid exposing them to illness. Make sure that your child stays physically active and spends time outdoors. Monitor their mental health as well by communicating openly and regularly with your child.
- Establish a sleeping schedule. It is important for your child to get around 10 hours of sleep every night, depending on age. Going to sleep at the same time each evening will help this happen. Stick carefully to this routine and only push back the bedtime if it is absolutely necessary. When possible, allow your child to sleep in if they went to bed late. Sleep is important to health in many ways. It allows your body to recover quickly from illness or fight off potential infections. It also boosts your metabolism. Good sleep can calm your emotions and result in a healthier mindset as well.
- Encourage a healthy diet. Purchase a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole-grain products, and lean meats for your household. Go for fresh produce whenever you can. Offer healthy snacks, such as hummus and carrot sticks, throughout the day.
- Offer lots of drinking water. A child should drink the number of 200ml water glasses that correspond to their age (up to a limit of 1500ml total at 8 years of age). So, a 4-year-old child should drink 4 glasses containing 200ml of water per day. This total does not include milk, juice, or other liquids, just water. Your child should only start drinking water after they reach 6 months of age. Prior to this, they should drink formula and/or breast milk. To add some variety, a child can also drink milk after their first birthday. A 2-year-old should drink up to two200ml glasses of milk per day. You can also offer juice, in moderation.
- Keep junk foods to a minimum. Avoid purchasing sugary, fatty, or heavily processed foods. If you don’t buy them, then your child will turn to a healthy alternative that is available in your fridge or pantry. Watch out for ‘sneaky’ foods that appear healthy but are actually the opposite.
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