To show parents the importance of the child’s physical condition for the future affirmation of life, for the development of his moral qualities and mental strength, for professional development,
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How to maintain the health of the child.
Children are surprisingly resilient creatures. They usually grow up healthy and strong and remain so if you follow the basic principles of caring for them, and also encourage their useful activities. These principles include the following: good nutrition, the ability to move a lot, the provision of reasonable precautions at home and on the street, and regular medical examinations. If you follow the advice outlined on this page, this does not mean that you will probably be able to avoid illness or other troubles, but you will lay the foundation for good health for your child, which will help him quickly recover from temporary illnesses. The habit of taking care of the child’s health is the key to a healthy lifestyle, which he will lead when he grows up.
A child who has a sufficient amount of nutrients in his diet will most likely grow and develop as expected, become less susceptible to many childhood diseases and will cope with them more quickly. Moreover, the habit of eating normally, acquired in childhood, is likely to continue into adulthood.
Your main concerns are that the child receives all the nutrients that ensure the daily needs of the body and its healthy growth. These concerns begin with breastfeeding. As a child gets older, make sure that he receives a full and varied diet, including meat, fish, dairy products, wholemeal foods (including bread), fresh fruits and vegetables, and a minimum amount of processed food. Be sure to limit sweets in your child’s diet: cakes, biscuits and other confectionery products, as their consumption leads to obesity and tooth decay.
Exercise is very important for children. They contribute to weight gain, develop muscle strength and strengthen the heart and lungs. Exercise should be encouraged from an early age: babies should be left as often as possible in the playpen or simply on the floor. It is useful to encourage a small child when walking, and during a walk he can be allowed to push a highchair on wheels. Older children should engage in physical activity and take part in sports or casual games with other children.
Preventive medical examinations
Outpatient care plays a vital role in protecting your child’s health. Regular visits to the doctor allow you to better monitor the overall development of the child and get advice on any issues that concern you. Thanks to such medical examinations, there is confidence that small deviations in the state of health will be recognized in a timely manner.
The most important areas of preventive medicine include vaccinations against various infectious diseases. Vaccinations should be part of your child health program.
Accidents are a common cause of death in children; they make up the majority of emergency hospital admissions. Most accidents can be avoided by taking safety precautions at home and making some efforts to reduce the risk of street accidents. The following are the basic precautions you should take.
- Keep all medicines and chemicals out of the reach of the child.
- Grate all types of open flames, including a stove.
- Close electrical outlets with special covers.
- From below and above, block access to the stairs.
- Make sure that your child will not be able to "play" with household appliances.
- Apply decals to clear glass (such as doors) to make them more visible.
- Cover the hot batteries with towels.
- Keep locked garden tools.
- Teach your child to cross the road.
- Check the children's bike and make sure the brakes, tires and lighting are working.
- Teach your child to swim.
- Provide your child with safe and comfortable sports equipment.