The health and well-being of our children rates at the top of most parent’s priority lists. That means knowing about the practical actions that we can take today that will help keep them healthy both now and in the future.  But, what are the main things we need to look at to maintain a good standard of health and well being for our children?

Diet

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Making sure children are getting a balanced diet and plenty of exercise will benefit them both now and in the future. This is because it’s essential to their physical health and development to get the right mix of nutrients and it will stand them in excellent stead in the future when they start having to make their own decision about what to eat.   Teaching good eating habits is essential in this day and age especially with the rise in the number of obese children.  It can help if parents educate children so they know where food comes from and how to prepare it.

Living Active Lives

Being active can help to regulate mood and emotions as well as sleep cycles.  This of course is particularly useful for the little ones if they have trouble nodding off, plus it gives us mummies a well earned break. Activity is also vital in the long term because it has such an important positive impact on mental and physical health.  That means by encouraging children to be active daily while they’re young you know you are creating a positive habit that will last them a lifetime.

Health services and information

Having access to health services and advice is also important. It is extremely valuable because you need to be able to address any health concerns should they come up and get treatment quickly in some cases.

Additionally, it is important to educate your child for the future in the best way to access health services and information.  Of course this will be dependent on their age.  Unfortunately, one of the side effect of growing up with access to the Internet is that there is a surplus of medical information out there that may not always be accurate and is often can cause even greater worry.  Sometimes a little knowledge can be a bad thing.   You may find you have to wade through numerous sites to find genuine ones that will help with the diagnosis and treatment of simple health conditions.  I for one don’t bother contacting the doctor unless necessary, they normally have no slots for at least 2-3 weeks and then when you get there you can’t find a parking space, they are never running on time and you have to sit in a waiting room full of germs being spread around.  If you’re immunocompromised (immune system not running at full capacity) then you are guaranteed to come down with a cold unless it’s you passing around the germs to begin with.  The most amusing part is that when you go for your appointment with the doctor they ask you if you have googled the condition and treatment – it happened to my husband!  I tend to go fully prepared with the condition information and a plan of action for treatment.

I have cupboards stuffed with medical text books but the easiest and most hassle free way for all is to use an Online GP App.  They make it so much easier.  You can have a video consultation with your doctor and get a diagnosis for you or your child without even having to leave the house.  Plus these doctors are screened to ensure a high standard of competency so you won’t be asked if you have googled the condition either.

Mental health

Mental health problems in the population may be more prevalent either because we are getting better at diagnosing them, or because of the high paced and pressure lives we now lead which make them more apparent.  Whatever the reason it is still worth teaching your child how to deal with their emotional and mental well being.

Teach your child to recognise and deal with difficult emotions.  There are numerous  ways to do this but these will depend on the age of the child.  Areas that can be useful to address at an early age include emotional literacy, being able to recognise and express emotions, as well as meditative techniques that provide kids the techniques of how to deal with difficult and overwhelming emotional experiences.  All things that can help them cope better in a stressful situations as children will naturally continue to do so into adulthood.

What would you suggest for safeguarding children’s health?

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12 thoughts on “Safeguarding Your Children’s Health”

  1. Get them interested in fruit and veg from an early age – my Dad and Granddad used to grow a lot of their own and I was allowed to “help” and have my own little patch.
    It’s from this, I think, I love all fruit and veg and eats loads of the stuff!

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  2. You are right about everything. We can diagnose ourselves too easily and we might be wrong most of the time. A quick search on the internet does not equal hundreds of hours learning and practicing medicine.

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  3. I couldn’t agree more about encouraging yoru children to care for their mental health and to be able to recognise their emotions and express them appropriately. Mich x

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  4. My mum works with Child Bereavement UK and so many calls are about the confusion parents and staff deal with when their children are trying to tackle difficult emotions, it’s so important to ensure they feel that they can do this and that it’s totally okay!

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  5. I think diet is important to encourage children to try new foods and also to ensure they’re getting all the vitamins and nutrients they need to develop a healthy immune system.

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