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8 Things You Can Do to Make Sure Your Kid's Health Is In Top Form

This Children’s Day learns how to make healthier choices for your kids.

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Updated:November 14, 2019, 11:17 AM IST
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8 Things You Can Do to Make Sure Your Kid's Health Is In Top Form
This Children’s Day learns how to make healthier choices for your kids.

Parents play a vital role in helping young kids blossom into well-adjusted and high-functioning teens and adults. For this to happen, good health while growing up is paramount. This Children’s Day, we encourage you to check out these eight simple ways to ensure your little ones are growing up as healthy and happy as possible.

1. Supplements and Probiotics.

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Chances are your child is not eating the most nutrient-rich diet every single day. A simple fix could be offering more fresh fruits and veggies and keeping junk food at a minimum. But besides these basics, check with your doctor about iron or vitamin supplements and probiotics to keep their gut healthy and their digestive system running smoothly. A healthy digestive system means better absorption of nutrients, stronger physical health and better immunity.

2. Boost immunity with regular vaccinations.

As part of India’s Universal Immunization Program (UIP) - one of the largest vaccination programs in the world - the Government of India now provides 13 vaccines free-of-cost to children across the country. Early and regular vaccinations are critical. Explain the importance of immunisation to your children and schedule annual or half-yearly appointments to make sure you entire family’s flu shots and other vaccinations are always up to date.

3. Make sleep a priority.

Sleep is when the body restores, repairs and grows. It's easy to let kids stay up until they’re exhausted and drowsy. But a lack of deep sleep can make children more susceptible to germs and viruses and even interfere with their digestion. Toddlers need 11 - 14 hours, preschoolers 10-13 hours and older kids anywhere between 9-11 hours. Creating a bedtime routine and enforcing it from early on means giving your kids the best chance at performing to their fullest potential. Also, don’t underestimate the value of being a good role model. Kids tend to watch and follow more often than we think.

4. Brush teeth with fluoride.

Good oral hygiene is rarely talked about when one talks about health. Yet tooth pain, decay and other problems can significantly affect appetite, sleep and overall health. Pick a quality fluoride toothpaste to maintain your child’s protective enamel and periodically revise and check up on brushing techniques can make a huge difference.

5. Watch out for big emotions.

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Examinations, social media, peer pressure and stress-inducing competition can leave children exhausted and prone to illnesses. Allow kids to talk about their day with you. Empathise with them, watch for signs of strain and manage their anxiety better.

6. Don’t completely ditch the junk food.

The media often diminishes the value of real vegetables and makes fatty and sweet treats look like prizes children must aspire to have. But there’s no reason both can co-exist peacefully in moderation. Ever tried crushing some potato wafers to make simple khichidi more interesting or hot jalebis with a glass of whole milk?

7. Teach them how to be independant and make responsible decisions.

If you thought parenting today was tough, growing up can be even tougher. Either too much or too little responsibility as a child can be harmful in the future. Children who have a healthy mix of doing chores and being allowed free reign in some areas tend to thrive better as they learn how to problem solve, rely on themselves but also learn how to ask for help.

Age-appropriate tasks and limits also teach them self-control and how to deal with the circumstances of their decisions in a healthy, safe way. Emotionally sound children learn how to manage stress better and are often more healthy because of it.

8. Increase Sun Protection.

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You might think this rule only applies to summer days. But the sun never stops shining, even if it’s behind clouds. Children’s skin is much thinner than that of adults and sensitive, especially to the damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation. Kids who suffer sun damage early in life are at a much higher risk of developing skin cancer later on. Keep children under 6 months in the shade as much as possible. From 6 months and over minimize exposure with UV-protective sunglasses and clothing, hats and diligently reapplying sunscreen.

There are so many ways to choose the healthier option and be vigilant for issues that can develop suddenly. This Children's Day, let’s remember to create more mindful lifestyle habits and a happier and healthier future for our children.

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