In recognition of October 5ths Child Health Day, below are some simple tips to keep your little ones healthy.
1. Offer water throughout the Day
Children's metabolism is much faster than adults. This means that their systems require more water. The amount of water consumption depends on the activity level and weight of each individual kid. Kids may not often ask for water unless they are dehydrated. So make sure to give them water throughout the day to avoid them getting to basic levels of dehydration. Especially if they're active kids.
2. Encourage an active lifestyle
Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that kids should get at least 60 minutes of good exercise or movement every day . We all know how hard it is to find extra time in the day, but the health of our kids is #1. Make exercise fun, like dancing, sports, tumbling, or just jammin' out to some good tunes.
3. More fat and calcium
Growing kids need more fat and calcium. Calcium promotes proper bone development. Good options to introduce calcium into kids' diet is letting them eat cheese, leafy greens, milk, and yogurt.
And fat? Yes, but the good kind of fat. Babies and toddlers burn more body fats compared to adults. That's why kids benefit from healthy fats - essential for nerve and brain development.
4. Say no to environmental toxins
Children become highly vulnerable when exposed from household chemicals. The lungs of a child are still in the development process, so irritation caused by toxins may harm their airways. Damage to respiratory systems can contribute to asthma or allergies. When possible, opt for non-toxic cleaners, detergents, soaps, etc.
5. Eat more fruits and vegetables
Vegetables and fruits as everyday meals can help boosts immune system functions and support reducing the risk of chronic diseases. Make sure you feed your child with fruits and veggies on a daily basis. Include leafy greens on their meals, and have fruits for convenient snacks.
6. Bye-bye digital screens
Time spent on the television screen or computer is linked to kids becoming obese. Minimize bad habits before they start. Don't allow your child to spend more than an hour or two in front of a screen at any given time. Understandable, TV's and electronics sometimes seem like a great babysitter, but plan some indoor or outdoor activities as an alternative.
7. More sleep
A brain is like a battery that needs charging. And for babies and toddlers, this re-charging happens when sleeping. Your child needs consistent sleep to develop good memory and learning abilities. Sleep also generates the hormones and makes them active and keeps their body moving for optimal fitness.