You might think that having kids is the most important thing in life, and for sure it is. But for those of us who have them, we know that childrearing can be hard work. We not only have to spend time with our children, but we also have to put up with their messes and their whining, fear of falling and red faces. In addition to being involved in a long-term relationship, parenthood is also a journey filled with ups and downs.
The first few weeks after a baby arrives are especially challenging as your body adjusts to post-partum fatigue and you learn how to care for a newborn. Parenthood can sometimes feel like an endurance race; there are goals and milestones we can look forward to on one end of the spectrum while there are other milestones we dread knowing we’ll have to face head-on later on.
For some parents, the challenges multiply as they experience second and third pregnancies or begin childcare arrangements that don’t always meet their needs.
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Why Child Health is Important
A baby’s health is crucial to their wellbeing and development. With that in mind, it’s important to carefully consider the needs of your child before they’re born. What are the risks involved with an unhealthier you and baby? In addition to the obvious issues of a baby’s health being impacted by a poor diet, environment and environment toxins, certain medical conditions such as allergies and autoimmune disorders can develop during pregnancy. This can have a significant impact on your baby’s health as they grow.
We know that a healthy diet is crucial for growing kids, but is it the same for teens? And for adult patients? The answer is yes. Diets for kids and teens can vary, depending on a number of factors, including health and environmental considerations.
However, a growing body of research suggests that a diet high in fruits and vegetables, fish and other lean proteins, low in processed foods and sugar, and with a moderate amount of fibre is ideal for kids. You can also talk to your child’s health care provider about adding vitamin and mineral supplements to their regimen. Getting your child’s diet right can help them develop stronger muscles, healthier skin and a longer life.
Why Having Healthy Children Is Good for You
Being a good parent is not just about giving your child what they need and want, it’s about giving yourself the best shot possible at having a healthy pregnancy and birth. A healthy pregnancy and delivery are crucial for your baby, and for you. Having a healthy baby means your baby will be healthier as they grow. Your baby’s skin is extremely vulnerable during this time, so it’s important to protect them.
By following these 10 parenting habits you’ll help your baby:
Stay alert and pay attention in class.
Remember to put down your phone and focus on what’s going on in front of you.
Take notes and ask questions.
Pay attention to your health and your baby’s health.
Follow your doctor’s instructions.
Participate in prenatal and post-natal consultations.
Get enough sleep.
Eat a healthy, balanced diet.
Take vitamin and mineral supplements.
As with most things in life, too much of a good thing can be bad. An unhealthy amount of screen time for kids has been linked to stress and anxiety. When possible, encourage your child to spend time outside, play a sport or do something that challenges them. Make healthy, nutritious snacks: Fruits, vegetables, whole-wheat bread and protein drinks are good sources of fiber and necessary for a healthy pre-teen or adult.
Get enough sleep: Getting enough sleep is important for your child’s health. It’s also important for your own health as you’ll need your eyes and brain functioning properly in order to function as a parent. Try to get at least seven hours of sleep nightly. Getting enough sleep is important for your child's health. It’s also important for your own health as you’ll need your eyes and brain functioning properly in order to function as a parent.
Getting your child moving will promote good health and prevent them from becoming sedentary. Include some form of physical activity in your day: move your child to school, take them to the park or get them involved in some kind of sport when you can. Eat a healthy diet: A healthy diet is important for both your body and your child's. A good balance of protein, vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fish and other lean proteins is best for growing kids.
Make sure to include organically grown vegetables, whole grains and legumes. Nuts should be limited and seeds should be avoided. Artificial sweeteners are not okay for kids — even in small amounts. Sugary drinks and snacks are not okay for kids, and can have a negative impact on your child's health in addition to being bad for your own.
Keeping your child healthy starts with you doing your part. Yes, it may be hard at first, but it's worth it. Your child's health benefits greatly from a healthy diet and good health habits that you can implement in your own life.